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Forza Horizon 4 is adding a mode you might not expect

If anything defined the latter half of the 2010s, it would be the battle royale genre. After it exploded with popularity thanks to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, all sorts of other games rose up show off their take on the formula. Most of them are shooters, as you'd expect, but Playground Games is shifting gears by introducing battle royale to its open-world racing game, Forza Horizon 4.

The mode is called The Eliminator, and in order to eliminate the other 72 players in the field, you have to beat them in a head-to-head race — something that's already pretty common in the Forza Horizon 4 landscape. According to IGN, these races trigger automatically when you get close to an opposing driver, and if you beat them, you can either upgrade to get a faster car or assume control of the car you just beat.

Everyone playing The Eliminator starts with a 1965 Mini Cooper, which is a respectable car (but it's no Lambo). Players can also upgrade their car via air drops that litter the map, but like most battle royales, you'll need to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing these drops and use your time wisely.

While you're doing all this, a big circle starts to close in around you and the 71 other drivers. Despite being a racing game, Forza Horizon 4 isn't straying too far from the formula. Once the ring gets small enough, a waypoint will appear, and everyone needs to race to it. The first one to get there eliminates everyone, becoming The Eliminator.

The Eliminator hits Forza Horizon 4 for free as part of the Series 17 update that drops today. If you own a copy of the game or can play it via Game Pass, feel free to hop into the battle royale madness.