Forza Motorsport is the eighth entry in this Xbox-exclusive racing sim series. Currently in development at Turn 10 Studios, we are slowly getting a better idea of what to expect.
Simply known as Forza Motorsport rather than Forza Motorsport 8, Turn 10 has confirmed that the studio is looking to update and reinvigorate the series. So this is reflected in your title.
Gradually, we learn more about Forza Motorsport ahead of its “Spring 2023” release window, including which cars and tracks we’ll be burning rubber on. And while there is still much that remains a mystery, it certainly looks like it will be a technical showcase of what the Xbox Series X can really do. We can’t wait to see how it compares to Gran Turismo 7 on PS5.
Want to know more? Read everything we know about Forza Motorsport so far.
Forza Motorsport: straight to the point
- What is it? The eighth entry in the Forza Motorsport racing series
- When can I play? spring 2023
- What can I play on? Xbox Series X|S and PC
Forza Motorsport: release date and platforms
Forza Motorsport will arrive in Spring 2023 (probably between March and June), available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.
With the game targeting the newest consoles available, we can expect it to take advantage of some new features like ray tracing or a 120fps mode. Rumor has it that Forza Motorsport will also release on Xbox One, but that has yet to be confirmed. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one.
However, there are currently some doubts regarding this release window. During September monthly strength (opens in new tab) stream, general manager Dan Greenawalt and creative director Chris Esaki offered a development update, confirming that polishing will not begin until next year. greenawlt said:
“The final phase, which will come into next year, is polishing. And polishing is really critical. If you have a big game like [Forza] Motorsports and a lot of new systems that you’re rethinking, that’s a lot of surface area to polish. And it takes a long time. The real art of game development is not biting off more than you can polish. […] We are in full production now and will enter that polishing phase sometime in the next year.”
No delays have been confirmed by Microsoft yet, but we’ll keep this updated as we learn more.
Forza Motorsport: gameplay
Forza Motorsport feels like as pure a racing sim as it gets, providing a big update on what Forza Motorsport 7 offered. For starters, it will be a “big generational leap” from previous games. Chris Esaki, the game’s creative director, shared details on how Forza Motorsport’s physics evolved from Forza Motorsport 7.
“To put the physics work in perspective… the changes we’ve made to Forza Motorsport 7 so far are more than the changes we’ve made to Forza Motorsport 7. [Forza Motorsport] 4th [Forza Motorsport] 7. It’s basically a big generational leap coming to the game.”
According to Esaki, the tire collision model has also been revised. From the first game through Forza Motorsport 7, tires have always had a single point of contact with the track surface and refreshed at 60 cycles per second (60Hz).
In Forza Motorsport, there are now eight points of contact with the track surface and the engine will refresh at 360 cycles per second (360Hz). That’s a 48x fidelity leap for a single tire collision. Several tire compounds were also confirmed, a series first. Tire composites like hard, medium and soft will deepen game and race strategy, and Esaki said it will lead to “exciting new gameplay decisions during a race”.
Environmental factors also need to be taken into account in Forza Motorsport and have the potential to make every lap feel different, according to Esaki.
“We are working on things like track temperature and how that affects things like tire grip and pressure and tire wear. Plus, you can imagine how changes in time of day and weather, along with new tire wear modeling and all-new compounds, lead to a much deeper driving and racing experience.”
Forza Motorsport trailers
During the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase in June 2022, Forza Motorsport received a new official trailer. With just over a minute to go, we’ve seen just how hard Turn10 is pushing this new Xbox hardware.
The Forza Motorsport announcement trailer was immediately followed by an impressive gameplay demo, which showcased the fictional circuit known as Maple Valley. Fully utilizing ray tracing and new dynamic time features, seeing is believing and you can watch the full demo below.
Forza Motorsport was announced with a world premiere trailer at Microsoft’s 2020 Xbox Games Showcase. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but the in-engine images are certainly impressive. Check it out below:
Forza Motorsport: tests
Lap 10 revealed that the Forza comment panel (opens in new tab) it will be how players can get their hands on the next Forza Motorsport, so the game can be shaped by the community. Enrollment is simple: you must be over 18 and agree to a confidentiality statement, which you can withdraw at any time if you decide to leave the program.
The first test took place on May 8, 2021 and resulted in “a lot of great feedback” from the community. According to creative director Chris Esaki. Esaki said that after the test, the team was sure that everyone was “super excited and energized” by what was shown. He also explained that the reason only small parts of the game are being tested is that Turn 10 receives “critical feedback” in “focused areas”.
But if you missed the first test, fear not. More play tests are expected to take place in the future, although we are awaiting an exact date on when they will take place.
Forza Motorsport: list of cars
What kind of cars can we expect to see in Forza Motorsport and, more importantly, which vehicle will be the cover of the game? While it’s hard for us to guess the entire list these days, at least we have a sense of how many cars will be in the game, based on Forza Motorsport 7’s total.
Forza Motorsport 7 featured 700 cars and 32 tracks, which is an impressive amount. While there’s no guarantee that the next game will top that number, mainly due to the fact that the cars will likely have to be refurbished or updated for next-gen systems, we expect Forza Motorsport to come close to that number.
So far, we’ve had 41 cars confirmed in Forza Motorsport, nine of them brand new. In fact, user YoungRhombus kept a running list on GT Planet forums (opens in new tab). Many thanks to them as we used this list to help build the one presented below:
As more cars are confirmed, they will be added to this section.
- The cure – 2020 #6 ARX-05 DPi (NEW), 2018 #36 Gradient Racing NSX GT3 (NEW)
- Apollo – 2018 Apollo Intense Emozione
- Aston Martin – 2017 #7 Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3, 1958 DBR1
- Audi – 2021 RS e-tron GT, 2018 #44 R8 LMS GT3 (NEW)
- BAC – 2014 Mono
- BMW – 2018 #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE, 2017 #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
- Brabham – 2019 BT62
- Cadillac – 2021 #31 Whelen Racing DPi-VR (NEW)
- Chaparral – 1966 #66 Chaparral 2E Cars
- Chevrolet – 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe, 2020 #3 Corvette Racing C8.R (NEW), 1969 Camaro SS Coupe
- To dodge – 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, 2014 #93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R, 1969 Charger R/T Hemi
- Weslake Eagle – 1967 T1G
- Ferrari – 1967 #24 Ferrari SpA 330 P4
- Ford – 1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1966 #2 GT40 Mk II Le Mans
- Derivation of Formula – 2020 #151 Toyota GR Supra, 2018 #64 Nissan 370Z
- Ginetta – 2019 #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 (NEW)
- Honda – 1967 RA300
- Koenigsegg – 2020 Jesko
- Lamborghini – 2020 Huracan EVO, 2018 #63 Squadra Corse Huracan Super Trofeo EVO (NEW)
- Lola – 2014 #70 Mazda Speedsource B12/80
- Mazda – 1991 #55 Mazda 787B
- McLaren – Senna GTR 2019 (NEW), 1966 M2B
- Mercedes-AMG – 2018 GT3 (NEW)
- Mercury – 1970 Puma Eliminator
- NIO – 2016 EP9
- Nissan – 2020 GT-R NISMO [R35]2019 370Z NISMO
- Porsche – 2021 911 GT3, 2017 #911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR2018 Challenger SRT Demon, 2014 #93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R, 1969 Charger R/T Hemi
Forza Motorsport track list
So far, we know about five tracks that will be included in Forza Motorsport. Thanks again to YoungRhombus for keeping a running count. Confirmed tracks are as follows:
- WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
- Maple Valley Raceway (Fictitious)
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
- Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (NEW)
- Circuit Hakone (Fictitious, NEW)
Forza Motorsport: news and rumors
Forza is introducing a corner mastery system
While we wait for the next big Forza Motorsport reveal, Turn 10 has given fans a small update on a new twitter publish. Introducing a new “corner mastery system”, Turn 10 advised that this allows you to focus on practice sessions in the trickiest corners on a track. Even better, you can compare corner scores in real-time, competing with other players.
In the new #ForzaMotorsport, we want to help you unlock your self faster. The corner mastery system focuses your training sessions on the toughest areas of the track, and we’re making it more social and connected where players compete and compare corner scores in real-time. pic.twitter.com/z1RrSFYutiJuly 27, 2022
Xbox One on cards?
Initially believed to be console exclusive for Xbox Series X | S alongside a PC release, leaked images suggest that Forza Motorsport could also make its way to Xbox One.
Earlier this year, in r/gamingleaksandrumors (opens in new tab)two Forza Motorsport pre-launch images have appeared, which are said to have been taken in July 2021. There isn’t much to take away from the photos themselves, they just show a garage and a team wanting to start this race, but the interesting part is that they supposedly come from an Xbox One version.
This has already been “verified” by a mod on this subreddit, though it remains officially unconfirmed by Microsoft and Turn 10. Around the same time, separate Forza Motorsport rumors also surfaced from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who advised in the last Xbox Two podcast which is in beta and some influencers have already played it.
No Xbox One version has been mentioned previously, and given that the game is expected to take advantage of the latest features like 4k resolution and ray tracing, it would certainly come as a surprise.