Forza Motorsport, the Xbox-exclusive sim-racing franchise, has been quiet since 2017.
Since the seventh instalment in the franchise, we've seen the Horizon spin-off series come into its own, but with a new console generation comes new opportunities to get behind the wheel.
Here's everything we know about Forza Motorsport 8.
Ray Tracing Is Coming To Forza - 28th July
The Creative Director for Forza Motorsport, Chris Esaki, has stated ray tracing is coming to Forza Tech.
On top of this, he told fans to impressive visuals across al the games future tracks.
It's clear the developers are hoping to push the limits of the Xbox Series X with the latest Forza title.
Creative Director Says Forza Motorsport Will Go Back To The Series' Roots - 28th July
The Creative Director for Forza Motorsport, Chris Esaki, has stated Forza Motorsport will go back to the series' roots.
Esaki has stated he is hoping the game will be a love letter to long-time fans of series.
However, the studio is aiming to make the game welcoming to new players.
No Compromises on Visuals - 25th July
In an interview with Engadget, Turn 10 studio software architect Chris Tector and Jason Ronald shared some details regarding how the latest Forza is going to utilize some of the hardware inside the Series X.
They noted the following when talking about the visual aspects of Forza Motorsport:
"With the wheels, we no longer have to compromise with those approximations, because they would always end up with this really flat lighting, or there wouldn't be enough light interaction between the wheel and the brake discs and the fender, - It's a big, complicated, tight space in there, and now, we're able to actually get a very realistic look to that wheel."
So, it appears with all of the upgraded hardware in the Series X they are able to go all out on visuals and fans be overjoyed with this news!
Microsoft Drops The Numerical Naming Scheme With Forza Motorsport - 23rd July
A lot of fans were expecting the release of Forza 8 at the Xbox Games Showcase.
The racing franchise has utilised a numerical naming scheme since its original title in the series.
However, Microsoft has opted to the drop number in the title, releasing the game as Forza Motorsport.
Rumours are suggesting this is because Microsoft is opting for a long-term plan for the series with there gaming subscription service.
However, there has been no confirmation of the validity of this rumour.
Forza Motorsport Officially Announced At Xbox Games Showcase - 23rd July
The new Forza title was officially announced today at the Xbox Games Showcase.
It was announced with a cinematic trailer that you can check out below.
No release date has been announced for the game as of yet.
Official Announce Trailer
What is Forza Motorsport 8?
Since then, it has appeared on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while the much-rumoured eighth instalment will mark its debut on the Xbox Series X.
The game has reportedly been in development since late 2018.
The game is expected to run at 4K 120 FPS with ray tracing enabled.
The Forza Motorsport 8 release date is set for February 2021, according to a recent leak. This is due to COVID-19 causing an effect on development time.
The game will NOT be a launch title.
With Xbox showing off its first-party stable of titles for the Xbox Series X, you can expect news about the game on July 23rd.
SHUT UP AND DRIVE: If Forza 8 is anything like 7, it's going to be beautiful!
According to leaks from @IdleSloth84, the new Forza will resemble that of a reboot/reimagining of the mainline Forza series taking it back more so than ever to its sim roots.
Here's what the new game is rumoured to bring to it:
- New tire pressure model
- Dynamic track temperatures
- New atmosphere pressure system, affecting air density, dynamics and power
- Redesigned suspension system with ned modeling
- New ranked online system
- New integrated online Ghosting System
- Tracks have full day and night cycles depending on race length/track
- Rubber in on tracks
- New heat interaction with tire pressure
- Expanded race capacity
- Off-road racing on land or gravel
- Rally races will also be present
- Clubs Return
Recent rumours have made it clear there won't be hundreds of cars at launch, Turn 10 is supposedly targeting quality over quantity - focusing on car detail, track detail and much more.
Career Mode has reportedly had a full overhaul, @IdleSloth84 compares it to the Need For Speed story modes with character cinematics and a full-blown storyline.
It follows a Calendar event style (location to location) and a progression system like Forza Motorsport 4.
As part of Microsoft's continued approach to breaking down generational barriers, Forza Motorsport 8 is likely to launch on Xbox Series X but also be playable on PC and Xbox One consoles, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
We're expecting the game to retail for £49-59.99.
With rumours suggesting next-gen games could be more expensive than current-gen ones, Xbox Game Pass is likely to come into its own.
With Microsoft's subscription, Xbox Game Studios games will be included. That means you'll be able to play the likes of Halo: Infinite and Forza Motorsport 8 as part of your subscription!
As soon as we have a trailer, we'll be sure to add it here!