Forza Motorsport, the eighth major entry in Turn 10 Studios’ long-running simulation racing series, will arrive later this year, the developer announced during the Microsoft and Bethesda Developer Direct showcase. The release date represents something of a delay, as Microsoft announced last June that it would release the game in the spring of this year. Additionally, if you were hoping to play the game on an Xbox One console, you’ll need to turn to the company’s Xbox Game Pass service to do so; Microsoft plans to release Forza Motorsport on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam.
On Wednesday, Turn 10 promised Forza Motorsport will take full advantage of the latest Xbox and PC hardware to deliver the franchise’s most immersive racing experience yet. The game will feature more than 500 cars for players to collect, including 100 vehicles that are new to the series. To make these cars look as good as possible, Turn 10 uses a spectrophotometer to scan the paintwork of the cars featured in the game. “With this new sourcing technique, our paint models have a more realistic light response across colors, metallic scales and gloss levels,” the studio said in blog post posted after the showcase. Each car will now also feature contextual damage and dirt build-up, which Turn 10 says is “authentic and unique” to each vehicle.
During the demo, the studio showed off the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit in South Africa, one of five new race tracks included in the game. Using photogrammetry and laser-scanned images, team 10 determined the environment in Forza Motorsport features 10x more realistic detail than previous entries in the series. With the addition of dynamic time of day and weather simulation, Turn 10 says fans can expect no two laps around the same track to look or play the same.
Expect Microsoft to share more details about Forza Motorsport later this year.
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