Xbox and Turn10 Studios have announced that Forza Motorsport release will be…. “coming 2023” for Xbox Series X|S, PC and Xbox Game Pass. No, there was no release date revealed during the Developer_Direct stream, but the team did share more of their vision.
Getting another look at this game shows off just how far Turn10 are able to push Xbox’s premier racing game series on the latest consoles and PC. Ditching the Xbox One general and focussing solely on Xbox Series X|S and PC, the rendering engine has been updated to handle dynamic time of day and weather, there’s photogrammetry to capture real textures and bring them into the game world, and real time ray tracing that will also run while you’re driving around in 4K and 60fps – this, in contrast to Gran Turismo 7 and Forza Horizon 5 which only have ray tracing in photo modes.
There will be over 500 cars in the game – 100 of which are new to Forza Motorsport – and with over 800 upgrades available for the cars. Turn10 have gone in-depth on the paints for the cars, using a spectrophotometer to capture more accurately how light works between different types of shiny paint… which you can then scuff up and batter through the racing combat! There’s also 20 “environments” with five brand new locations for the series, including Kyalami in South Africa. These have been captured with laser scanning.
There’s also extensive changes to how the game handles physics, track evolution, tyre modelling, with the far greater CPU power of the new generation consoles allowing for massively increase the amount of fidelity and accuracy of the model – it’s 48x more detailed than FM7. Then you have the changing time of day and weather effects that affect ambient air temperatures, track surface temps and the amount of grip you have – as will the track rubbering in through the race. This will be available on all circuits, as opposed to the select circuits in Gran Turismo 7.
Further reading: Every Forza Motorsport track and confirmed car list
This look at Forza Motorsport has come as part of the Xbox and Bethesda Developer_Direct stream, with Microsoft getting the devs of Redfall, Minecraft Legends, Tango Gameworks’ Hi-Fi Rush and The Elder Scrolls Online in to reveal all about their specific games – all due out in the first half of 2023. For Forza, there will also be a fresh Forza Monthly stream tomorrow evening, which will go into even further depth on the game.