Forza Motorsport looks fantastic, but the release date is still up in the air

Forza Motorsport looks fantastic, but the release date is still up in the air

Forza Motorsport looks fantastic, but the release date is still up in the air

Image: Xbox Game Studios

Image: Xbox Game Studios

The reboot Forza Motorsport was one of the stars of Microsoft’s Xbox Developer Direct on Wednesday afternoon. The Xbox and PC racing card is expected to launch this year — though, suspiciously, the word “spring” seems to have disappeared from the game’s ETA.

The good news is that it’s still shaping up to be a huge improvement over 2017 Forza Motorsport 7. Last year, Turn 10 confirmed three major details, including a major physics overhaul, support for real-time ray tracing, and full weather and time change simulation. Now we also know that the next installment will feature more than 500 cars at launch, with 20 environments “built from the ground up for this generation” per Director Motor sports Content Arthur Shek.

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One hundred of these cars are new to the franchise, while five of the tracks have also never been seen before FM game. These include Kyalami in South Africa, as well as the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, a mainstay of the IndyCar and IMSA calendars. Both look stunning thanks to radiant global lighting, natural lighting and volumetric fog as well as a procedural cloud system. They’ll also ride more realistically than ever — track surface temperatures fluctuate and the racing line now ‘rubbers’ during a session.

Image: Xbox Game Studios

Image: Xbox Game Studios

As you might expect, the cars themselves haven’t lost their love. Turn 10 used spectrophotometers to record the intricacies of individual car colors and how they react to light. even the dirt build-up model is unique to each vehicle, based on how air and particles flow around the body. That’s why the indentations around the engine cover of a Corvette C8.R will look dirtier than the rest of the car at the end of a hard race.

Image: Xbox Game Studios

Image: Xbox Game Studios

Sound development continued where Forza Horizon 5 stopped, with hardware-accelerated reverberation that reacts dynamically to the vehicle’s environment and support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio. FH5 it was a great sounding game, and based on the clip provided, the new Motor sports entry will continue this streak.

While this info dump has certainly given us plenty of footage to spill on us, just as interesting are the parts of the experience we haven’t seen. At the end of the video, Turn 10 Creative Director Chris Esaki said a “new online racing mode” and a “single player career focused on car building”. Given the fact that The FM7 Career was usually seen as one of his weak points, we are especially curious to see how the offline experience has evolved for the new era of the franchise.

Image: Xbox Game Studios

Image: Xbox Game Studios

We’re also disappointed – and frankly a little surprised, given the long development period – that Turn 10 couldn’t give a specific release date, and that Forza Motorsport has seemingly missed the spring launch window. Six years have passed since then FM7 the moment its sequel hits the shelves. This is a long wait for what has been a series every other year.

For what it’s worth, The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley tweeted an ETA “before the end of June”. after the event was over, and we reached out to Microsoft to ask about it. If the game lands by June 21st, it’s technically still spring.

Below you can read a sampling of cars from the full roster that Turn 10 revealed in a blog post. I love all the Group C prototypes, but the focus on modern racing cars is also encouraging.

  • 1971 AMC Javelin AMX

  • 1989 Aston Martin #18 Aston Martin AMR1

  • Aston Martin Vulcan 2016

  • 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2016 Audi #17 Rotek Racing TT RS

  • Audi R8 V10 plus 2016

  • 2018 Audi #44 R8 LMS GT3

  • Audi TT RS 2018

  • BMW M3 1991

  • BMW 2017 #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM

  • BMW 2018 #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE

  • 2019 Brabham BT62

  • Bugatti Chiron 2018

  • 1970 Buick GSX

  • 2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-VR

  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe

  • 1969 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport 396

  • 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 454

  • 2015 Chevrolet #10 Original Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona

  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE 2018

  • 2020 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing C8.R

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

  • 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49

  • 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

  • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

  • 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

  • 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

  • 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

  • 2005 Ford GT

  • 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype

  • 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans

  • Ford GT 2017

  • 2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1

  • 2020 Hyundai #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N

  • 1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5

  • 1988 Jaguar #1 Jaguar Racing XJR-9

  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220

  • Jaguar XKR-S GT 2015

  • 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

  • 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

  • 2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4

  • Lamborghini Huracán EVO 2020

  • 1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163

  • 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • 1991 Mazda #55 Mazda 787B

  • 2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86

  • 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80

  • 1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B

  • 2013 McLaren P1

  • 2018 McLaren Senna

  • 1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9

  • 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2011

  • 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

  • 1985 Nissan #83 GTP ZX-Turbo

  • 1991 Nissan #23 Nissan R91CP

  • 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO

  • 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo

  • 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35)

  • 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

  • 2017 Oreca #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07

  • 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

  • 1993 Peugeot #3 Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 EVO 1C

  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

  • 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455

  • 1970 Porsche #3 917 LH

  • 1983 Porsche #11 John Fitzpatrick Racing 956

  • 1987 Porsche #17 Porsche AG 962C

  • Porsche 918 Spyder 2014

  • 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid

  • 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR

  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2018

  • 2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935

  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2019

  • Porsche 911 GT3 2021

  • 2021 Porsche Mission R

  • 2015 Radical RXC Turbo

  • 2004 Saleen S7

  • 2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID

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