I know Elon Musk thinks that we’re most likely living in some advanced simulation, but if that’s the case, why can’t we all tear ass across a beach in Australia in an unreleased Lamborghini like a deranged billionaire? This suck-ass simulation we call “reality” won’t let most of us do that, but it looks like the new Forza Horizon 3 will.

The Forza Horizon series is the open-world partner to the track-based Forza series. That means that, just like in the real world, you can get lost for hours and wreck cars you’re not remotely qualified to drive. Unlike the real world, though, there’s zero consequences.

Horizon 3 is set in Australia, the land of Utes, Holdens, and Volkswagen Country Buggies, and from this trailer it looks like a lot of off-roading is involved, in sand rails, trophy trucks, what I think is a G-Wagen, and, of course, the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.

Their asphalt-road-edge-to-dirt transition work is excellent


As always, the shock of realizing that the whole trailer is real-time-rendered ‘in-game footage’ makes me inspect sections of bump-mapped asphalt and marvel at how insanely realistic computer game visuals are getting, as I look over to the Atari 2600 playing Night Driver behind me.

I pretty much never have the time to play modern video games anymore, but if you do have such time, this looks like a blast. It’s just a trailer, and I still have a grudge against Microsoft for imprisoning me, but I bet this will prove to be a good way to spend simulation time in another simulation.


At any rate, it seems like a more fun simulation to be stuck in, if Musk is right.