Forza Motorsport is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated first-party games in Microsoft’s upcoming lineup. It has been six long years since the release of the last installment in the beloved racing simulation series, which is three times the typical gap between previous releases.
After the somewhat underwhelming launch of Forza Motorsport 7, compounded by the loot box controversy, Turn 10 Studios made a conscious decision to take their time with the next game. They wanted to ensure they incorporated the valuable feedback from the community right from the concept phase.
During the game’s announcement at the 2020 Xbox Games Showcase, creative director Chris Esaki emphasized Turn 10’s commitment to returning to the franchise’s roots, a sentiment reflected in the title itself.
In June 2021, Esaki revealed that the new Forza Motorsport has undergone more significant physics improvements than any previous installment, making it the biggest leap in simulation accuracy to date.
At the previous Xbox Game Showcase, Turn 10 treated fans to the first captivating glimpses of gameplay footage. They also confirmed a host of exciting new features, including dynamic time of day and weather for each track, track temperature changes affecting car grip, an incredibly detailed physical simulation 48 times more advanced, comprehensive tire and fuel management systems, intricate car tuning options, remarkably realistic car body damage down to individual scratches, and stunning real-time ray tracing. Initially, a Spring 2023 launch window was announced, but it was later adjusted to a more general 2023 timeframe.
Recently, Microsoft has been dropping hints that suggest a summer release, but rumors from Xbox insider MrMattyPlays on the Defining Duke: An Xbox Podcast indicate a potential shift to an October launch.
Interestingly, an October release wouldn’t be unprecedented for the Forza Motorsport series, as the seventh, fourth, and third installments all made their debut in that month. Furthermore, this would allow September to be focused on the highly anticipated release of Bethesda’s Starfield, while Xbox fans eagerly await the potential arrival of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II in November.
Excitingly, Forza Motorsport will be available on both PC and Xbox Series S|X, and Game Pass subscribers will have the fantastic opportunity to enjoy the game on its release day, adding even more value to the already stellar Game Pass offering.