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Microsoft has really been stepping up its game lately, trying everything within its power to seduce gamers into the Xbox family. Whether it be adding Terry Crews to Crackdown 3 as a playable character, or including a vehicle from Final Fantasy to Forza Horizon 3, the company is definitely stepping outside its comfort zone.
During the ChinaJoy event, Microsoft and Square announced that the V12 536 horsepower luxury car from the popular JRPG would be making its way into the open-world racing title for those who own Forza Horizon 3 or those who own Final Fantasy XV.
According to the article, you'll be able to get your hands on the car for free simply by logging into and playing the latest Forza Horizon title. If you don't own the game but might plan on getting it in the future and having a bit of a soft Sunday afternoon drive on the gorgeous outback of Australia's long winding roadways, you can still get your hands on the car by logging into and playing Final Fantasy XV before August 1st.
For everyone who puts in play-time into either game before August, you will either gain access to the Regalia or -- in the case of Final Fantasy XV players -- receive a code in your Xbox Live message box for retrieving the Regalia.
Gamespot is unsure if the car will become paid DLC following the free giveaway event leading up to August. It doesn't give you a whole lot of time to get your hands on the vehicle, but they also noted that the Warthog from Halo was also featured in the game for free for a limited time, but it can now be retrieved by completing a very specific in-game event to add it to your garage.
Some gamers hoped that the off-road and flying version of the Regalia might also make an appearance given that Forza Horizon is all about the more lighthearted aspects of open-world racing. But it sounds like only the luxury version of the Regalia will be made available.
The retrieval of the car is also possible through the PC version of Forza as well, so you're not completely out of the loop if you've been playing the game on Windows 10.
Some fans have been jumping to the conclusion that perhaps this might mean we'll see a PC version of Final Fantasy XV soon. It's not out of the realm of possibility given that Square Enix has run some PC tech demo tests for the Luminous Engine on PC using an Nvidia GTX white box test. It doesn't guarantee anything, but it definitely perked up a few eyes when the demo was originally made public.
I'm a little shocked that Microsoft beat Sony to the punch, because I would have guessed this would have been a cross-branded promotion with a game like Gran Turismo: Sport before Forza Horizon 3.
Anyway, it's all good for fans of either Final Fantasy or Forza Horizon.