A soon-to-be-released XBox racing game might be including Mt. Baldy as part of its backdrop.
A gaming crew working on Microsoft Studio’s Forza Horizon 3 was on Mt. Baldy Tuesday to map the mountain and gather other information about its unique terrain.
The photos and footage, says Baldy Mountain Resort’s Joey O’Brien, is expected to be used as part of a contest that will allow gamers to determine what elements should be included in the game.
“They’re creating these scenes and then they are going to create a contest and then people vote,” Mr. O’Brien explained.
“As they go forward, winners get taken to a grand opening and then they decide whether it’s going to be Maserati on the race track or the Jeep on the mountain.”
The racing video game is set in Australia and and provides for a multi-player and cross-platform play.
According to the game’s website, the player is in charge of the Horizon Festival and can “customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars.
“Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you,” it suggests.
The XBox visit is part of a Baldy Mountain Resort initiative to attract more filmmakers to the South Okanagan.
“We have pretty-darned good scenery and we have proximity to Vancouver — and we all know how strong the movie industry in this province,” explained Mr. O’Brien.
“We’re trying to position Baldy as a friendly location for alpine shots.”
The property, he added, includes more than 7,500 acres of terrain.
“We can always find something that isn’t part of the 750 acres of ski terrain.”
Forza Horizon 3 is scheduled for release later this year for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.
The game’s official website is located here.