Forza Motorsport for Xbox Series X is going to be one of Xbox Game Studios’ most popular new games in 2023. Since Forza Motorsport 7 came out more than five years ago, developer Turn 10 is getting ready to break new ground in visual fidelity and vehicle physics for the long-awaited return of the racing simulator for Xbox.
Forza Motorsport was announced in 2020, and it was shown off for the first time at the Xbox and Bethesda Games showcase in 2022. As fun as the best Forza games have been in recent years, especially Forza Horizon 5, there has been a huge hole in the Xbox lineup in the form of a racing simulator. So, you can’t ignore Forza Motorsport as one of the upcoming Xbox Series X games. Read on to find out everything we know about Forza Motorsport so far.
Forza Motorsport Release Date
At the moment, the release date for Forza Motorsport is set to be “Spring 2023.” We also know that it will be available on Xbox Series X, PC, and Steam on day one, but an Xbox One version has not yet been confirmed. What has been confirmed, though, is a Cloud Gaming version that lets you play the game without having to buy expensive hardware. If your internet connection is fast enough, the game will be sent to your system over a broadband connection. Find out more about this in our explanation of Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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Forza Motorsport Gameplay
The game play in Forza Motorsport will be a big change from what came before. The game is going to be another simulation-heavy, serious racing game like its predecessors, but the simulation engine in the 2023 version is even better. Each tire’s physics will be sampled at six points instead of one, and eight times as many samples will be taken per second.
This is a 48-fold improvement over Forza Motorsport 7, which only sampled physics at one point. You can now choose between different types of tyres, manage your tyres and fuel, and “build your own car,” which sounds a lot like deep mechanical modding.
The multiplayer mode will also be changed, with full free-practice and qualifying sessions, fuel strategy options for those who want a deeper experience, and real calendar-based race times, like Gran Turismo 7 from Sony. There has also been official talk of “all-new, different game modes,” which are still a secret for now.
Forza Motorsport Revealed the Tracks
“For the new generation,” every Forza Motorsport track will be made from scratch. During the showcase, Maple Valley Raceway, which has been a fan favourite for a long time, was shown with beautiful new details in the countryside that you might not even notice when you play. But this is one of the big steps forward in the new game’s world-building, with new ways to populate the scenery along the tracks and full dynamic effects for time of day. These will be available on every track in the game, and you will be able to change how quickly time moves.
Accurate sun position, track temperature, and ambient temperature, as well as the “rubbering in” of the racing line and, of course, the weather, will all affect your grip. Other popular tracks in the series include the newly laser-scanned WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Circuit de Spa Francorchamps. However, two new tracks were also shown: South Africa’s Kyalami, a former F1 track, and Circuit Hakone, a high-speed GP-style course set in Japan near Mount Fuji. When the game comes out, more brand-new songs will be revealed.
Forza Motorsport Cars
The official list will be released later, but we already know about 37 Forza Motorsport cars. The ‘Mission-8’ paint job on the BMW M8 GTE made it the show’s main attraction. So far, the Nissan 370Z Nismo, the Audi RS E-Tron GT, and the Brabham BT62 hypercar have all been seen as new cars.
The 2019 McLaren Senna GTR, the 2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO, and the beautiful 1966 McLaren M2B are also coming back. Ferrari, Mercedes, Audi, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, and Porsche stand out among the other brands we’ve seen so far. We also got a close look at the legendary Mazda 787B, which won the Le Mans race in 1991. Modern cars and motorsports will be the main focus, and what has been shown so far should give you a good idea of what to expect from the game.
How Damage is Modelled in Forza Motorsport?
One thing that was shown in detail was how the damage system in Forza Motorsport had been changed. In a game full of licenced cars, you wouldn’t expect to see as much car damage as in Burnout or Wreckfest. But it’s clear that car bodywork gets small dents and scratches when it gets hit, especially around the edges of metal parts and on the spokes of alloy wheels.
But when the game’s Creative Director, Chris Esaki, was given the chance to talk about how damage and dirt affect the car in more ways than just how it looks, he sidestepped the question and said that “the story of the car” is told by its scars, so it’s likely that there won’t be any mechanical damage in Forza Motorsport.
Forza Motorsport Ray Tracing
Dan Greenawalt, the general manager of Turn 10, said that ray-tracing will be used in all scenes of Forza Motorsport, even in real-time gameplay on the track. That’s an impressive feat, given that Gran Turismo 7 on PS5 only lets you use it in replays and showroom scenes, and even then at a slower frame rate.
With the ray tracing feature in Forza Motorsport, you can see cars reflected in the bodywork of other cars, which also show spots of light from the sun being reflected twice. There will even be ray-traced lighting for scenes that aren’t part of the game, which should look amazing.
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