Forza Motorsport is the next entry in Microsoft’s long-running racing game franchise, which is developed by Turn 10 Studios. The last entry, Forza Motorsport 7, released in 2017 alongside the Xbox One X, and was seen as a showcase for the system, running at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
After Forza Motorsport 7’s release, Turn 10 abandoned its typical two-year development cycle, and instead opted to overhaul the ForzaTech engine with improvements that would allow the team to deliver a next-generation racing game.
Now, the next Forza Motorsport has been revealed and there’s a few things we can already confirm. Here’s everything you need to know about the Forza Motorsport.
Forza Motorsport – everything we know so far
At the July 2020 Xbox Games Showcase, the game was officially unveiled alongside a quick trailer, which you can take a look at above.
Like the prior Forza Motorsport games, the racing sim is being developed by Turn 10 Studios, one of the many teams that falls under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella.
Surprisingly, the game isn’t called Forza Motorsport 8. Forza Motorsport’s creative director Chris Esaki admitted that there’s some confusion regarding the game’s name, and clarified that the eight has been dropped altogether.
“I just wanted to reaffirm that the name of the game is Forza Motorsport,” said Esaki. “There’s no sequential eight after the title. It really is an all-new Forza Motorsport experience.”
As it stands, it appears that Forza Motorsport isn’t coming to Xbox One consoles. Instead, it’s being developed as an exclusive for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC, which should excite fans who are hoping for a truly next-gen leap for the series.
Forza Motorsport playtests
Turn 10 revealed that the Forza Feedback Panel will be how players can get their hands on the next Forza Motosport, so the game can be shaped by the community.
Signing up is simple: you need to be at least 18-years-old and agree to a confidentiality statement, which you can opt out of at any time if you decide to leave the program.
The first playtest took place on May 8, and resulted in a “ton of great feedback” from the community, according to Esaki. Esaki said that after the playtest, the team was pretty sure that everyone is “super hyped and energized” by what was shown. He also explained that the reason why only small parts of the game are being tested is so that the team can get “critical feedback” on “focused areas”.
But if you happened to miss out on the first playtest, fear not. Speaking on the Forza Monthly show for May, Forza Motorsport’s creative director Chris Esaki shared that another playtest will take place this summer (between June and September).
Forza Motorsport release date
Unfortunately, a Forza Motorsport release date hasn’t been shared. Whenever it arrives, it’ll be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. Factoring in how the pandemic has slowed down game development for many teams, it might be reasonable to expect Forza Motorsport to arrive at some point in 2022.
Forza Motorsport news
A ‘huge generational leap’ over previous games
Chris Esaki, the game’s creative director, shared details on how Forza Motorsport’s physics have evolved from Forza Motorsport 7. “To put the physics work into perspective… the changes we made from Forza Motorsport 7 till now, is more than the changes we made from [Forza Motorsport] 4 through [Forza Motorsport] 7. It’s basically a huge generational leap coming to the game.”
According to Esaki, the tire collision model has also been overhauled. From the first game to Forza Motorsport 7, tires have always had a single point of contact with the track surface, and refreshed at 60 cycles per second (60Hz). In Forza Motorsport, there are now eight points of contact with the track surface, and the engine will refresh at 360 cycles per second (360Hz). That’s a 48x fidelity jump for a single tire collision.
Multiple tire compounds confirmed
Multiple tire compounds have been confirmed for Forza Motorsport, a first for the series. Tire compounds such as hard, medium and soft will deepen the gameplay and racing strategy, and Esaki said it will lead to “exciting new gameplay decisions during a race.”
Environmental factors will also need to be taken into account in Forza Motorsport, and have the potential to make each lap feel different, according to Esaki.
“We’re working on things like track temperature and how it affects things like grip and tyre pressure, and tyre wear. In addition, you can imagine how changes in the time of day and weather, along with the new tyre wear modelling and all of the new compounds lead to a much deeper driving and racing experience.”
Forza Motorsport car list
What kind of cars can we expect to see in Forza Motorsport, and more importantly, which vehicle will grace the game’s cover? While that’s hard for us to guess with much accuracy, we can at least get a sense of how many cars will be in the game, based on Forza Motorsport 7’s total.
Forza Motorsport 7 featured 700 cars and 32 tracks, which is an impressive amount. While there’s no guarantee the next game will beat this figure, mostly owing to the fact the cars will likely have to be remodelled or upgraded for the next-gen systems, we hope Forza Motorsport will at least come close to this figure.