Microsoft have revealed that Forza Horizon 2, the open-world racing game sequel, has a Cortana-style digital personal assistant called ANNA, which you can talk to with Kinect! They haven’t yet shown ANNA in action but here are more details from the Forza Motorsport website:

 

As you explore the world, you’ll be able to take advantage of Horizon 2’s all-new onboard assistant ANNA. Part GPS system and part game guide, ANNA can give you directions to any spot on the Forza Horizon 2 map, including the most relevant challenge for the car you’re driving. If you’ve got a Kinect for your Xbox One, you’ll be able to control ANNA with your voice, leaving your hands free to get on with the business of collecting victories. ANNA will also make intelligent recommendations based on your progress through the game. If your friends kick off a new Online Road Trip, ANNA will alert you and offer to seamlessly connect you into their online match. At any point in the game you can ask ANNA, “What should I do next?” and she’ll reply with great options designed specifically for you.

 

 

Whether ANNA will be available in both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Forza Horizon 2 is currently unknown, as is whether there are more Kinect features such as head tracking, hopefully there will be though. We’re waiting for an answer, so as soon as we know we’ll let you know too by updating this article.

 

Forza Horizon 2’s Dynamic Weather System Video

You can see a brief preview of Forza Horizon 2’s revolutionary dynamic weather system in action below, in a video upoaded by IGN:

 

 

Forza Horizon 2 will be released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year on September 30th in North America and October 3rd in the UK & rest of Europe.

 

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Source: Forza Motorsport website, IGN Entertainment's YouTube Channel