Good news, petrolheads – Microsoft's exclusive racing franchise is back, and it's coming to Xbox Series S/X.
Unlike the rumoured Forza Horizon 5, the next iteration of Forza Motorsport is confirmed – and it's something of a reboot for the franchise.
A new console generation, no number in the title, and plenty of changes under the hood mean this could be the boldest Forza title yet – and no, it's not coming to Xbox One.
Here's all we know about the Xbox Series S, Series X and PC exclusive.
Another Playtest Coming This Summer - June 8
Fans can expect another chance to get under the hood later this year, according to creative director Chris Esaki.
What is Forza Motorsport?
A sim-racer in the vein of Gran Turismo (although many would argue it has eclipsed its PlayStation counterpart), the Forza Motorsport franchise began all the way back in 2005 on the original Xbox.
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 S/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 on Xbox Series X.
The Forza Motorsport release date is still unknown and unconfirmed. We haven't heard much from Turn 10 lately and Forza Horizon 5 is expected to release later in 2021, ahead of Forza Motorsport 8, likely sometime in 2022.
We'll update this page when we learn more.
SHUT UP AND DRIVE: If the new Forza Motorsport is anything like 7, it's going to be beautiful.
We're still waiting to know what'll be included in the game, other than a gorgeous new look, but we do know a few things thanks to various leaks and interviews.
One of the big new additions is a revamped physics system:
"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," said creative director Chris Esaki on the Forza Monthly show.
"It’s basically a huge generational leap coming to the game."
The team is even working on how track temperature plays a role in a race.
“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.”
Check out the stunning in-engine trailer below – and expect gameplay soon.
Career Mode has reportedly had a full overhaul, and longtime leaker @IdleSloth84 has previously suggested it'll offer more of a narrative.
According to leaks, it'll also follow a Calendar event style (location to location) and a progression system like Forza Motorsport 4.
We're expecting the game to retail for £49-59.99, but it'll also launch on Xbox Game Pass on PC and console.
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