Microsoft has confirmed that Forza Motorsport 7 will be delisted from sale on the Microsoft Store and removed from Xbox Game Pass on 15th September 2021. However, anyone that purchases the game prior to that point will still have access, and Xbox Game Pass players that have previously bought DLC for the game will receive a token in an Xbox Live message, letting them redeem and continue to play the game.
With just six weeks of availability left, Microsoft is slashing the price on their premier racing game before delisting it. The Standard Edition is available now for £7.49 / $9.99, Deluxe Edition for £13.74 / $14.99, and the Ultimate Edition for £17.49 / $19.99.
Delisting does not affect the game itself, which will still be fully playable with all online services and multiplayer modes available. Additionally, the game’s Rivals events and esports support will continue.
It’s worth picking up for racing fans with an Xbox. In our Forza Motorsport 7 review, Dom wrote:
“Forza Motorsport 7 continues the series’ march towards motoring perfection, and graphically there is simply nothing close to touching it. What’s even more remarkable is that it looks so good before we see the boost the Xbox One X will bring to both the visuals and the performance. There are some downsides to that fidelity, and on a standard Xbox One the load times suck a chunk of the fun from the experience, while the game’s internal economy also looks likely to cause problems further down the line. Having said that, this is still a masterpiece of racing software, and undoubtedly it’s set to become what its rivals in the genre will be judged against.”
Forza Motorsport 7 follows the usual pattern of the Forza franchise as a whole, being removed from sale roughly four years after release as music and vehicle licenses expire. Typically that would come well after the release of a sequel, as Turn10 released a new game every two years from the franchise debut in 2005 through to Forza 7 in 2017, but the next Forza Motorsport has a much longer development cycle as they gear up for Xbox Series X|S, but promises extensive ray tracing and 60fps gameplay on Series X.
While we’ve not heard anything more about the next Forza Motorsport since it was announced at the Xbox Series X|S showcase last July, but we have heard about the next Forza Horizon game. Forza Horizon 5 was announced this summer, with the open world arcade racer series heading to Mexico when it releases this November for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.