Forza Motorsport was first announced in 2020. Developer Turn 10 Studios has since shown off gameplay and revealed the game’s initial release window. It follows 2017’s Forza Motorsport 7 and serves as a reboot of sorts for the series.
While much still remains a mystery, it certainly looks like Forza Motorsport will be a technical showcase for what it is Xbox Series X can really do. We can’t wait to see how it compares to Gran Turismo 7 on PS5.
Currently, over 40 cars are shown in the pre-release materials, as well as several tracks. The visuals are a major upgrade to say the least, and developer comments suggest that Forza Motorsport will really push the boundaries of car physics.
Here’s everything we know so far about Forza Motorsport, including a look at the gameplay and details on when you’ll be able to play it. As more information becomes available, this page will be updated. We hope to hear more about the full release date in the coming months.
Forza Motorsport: Get to the point
- What is this? The eighth installment of the Forza Motorsport racing series
- When can I play it? Spring 2023
- What can I play it on? Xbox Series X|S and PC
Forza Motorsport: Release Date and Platforms
Forza Motorsport will launch in spring 2023 (probably between March and June) and will be released for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.
Since the game is designed for the latest consoles available, you can reasonably expect it to take advantage of some new features such as ray tracing or 120fps mode. Forza Motorsport is rumored to be coming to Xbox One as well, but that remains unconfirmed. From day one, it will also be available on Xbox Game Pass.
However, there are currently some concerns about this launch window. During September monthly Forza (opens in a new tab) stream, CEO Dan Greenawalt and creative director Chris Esaki offered a development update, confirming that polishing won’t start until next year. Greenawalt said:
“The final stage, which will start next year, is polishing. And polishing is really critical. If you have a huge game like [Forza] Motorsport and a lot of new systems you’re thinking of is a lot of surface area to work on. And that takes a lot of time. The real art of game development is not biting off more than you can polish. […] We’re deep in production right now and will be heading into that Polish phase sometime next year.”
No delay has yet been confirmed by Microsoft, but we’ll update this as we learn more.
Forza Motorsport: gameplay
Forza Motorsport looks like the purest racing sim, providing a major update to what Forza Motorsport 7 has to offer. For starters, it will be a “huge generational leap” from previous games. Chris Esaki, the game’s creative director, shared details on how Forza Motorsport’s physics has evolved since Forza Motorsport 7.
“To put the physics in perspective…the changes we’ve made since Forza Motorsport 7 so far are more than the changes we’ve made since [Forza Motorsport] 4 by [Forza Motorsport] 7. It’s basically a huge generational leap in the game.
According to Esaka, the tire collision model has also been reviewed. From the first game to Forza Motorsport 7, the tires always had a single point of contact with the track surface and refreshed at 60 cycles per second (60 Hz).
There are now eight contact points with the track surface in Forza Motorsport, and the engine refreshes at a rate of 360 cycles per second (360 Hz). That’s a 48x leap in fidelity in a single tire crash. Multiple tire compounds have also been confirmed, series first. Tire compounds such as hard, medium, and soft will deepen the gameplay and racing strategy, and Esaki said this will lead to “exciting new gameplay decisions during the race.”
Environmental factors will also need to be considered in Forza Motorsport, and according to Esaka, can make every lap feel different.
“We’re working on things like track temperature and how it affects grip and tire 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
Forza Monthly Magazine (June 2022)
Shortly after Xbox and Bethesda Showcase showed off Forza Motorsport, a new Forza Monthly video was released. This spoiled the major announcements that took place at the show and went a bit deeper into what was shown.
Directly after the official Forza Motorsport trailer, a stunning gameplay demo was released featuring a fictional track known as Maple Valley. Making full use of ray tracing and new dynamic timing features, seeing is believing. The full demonstration can be viewed below.
During the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase in June 2022, Forza Motorsport received an official new trailer. Lasting just over a minute, we could see Turn10 pushing hard for new Xbox hardware.
Forza Motorsport has been announced with a world premiere trailer at the Microsoft Xbox Games Showcase in 2020. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but the engine footage is certainly impressive. Check it out below:
Forza Motorsport: Gameplay Tests
Turn 10 revealed that Forza Feedback Panel (opens in a new tab) there will be a way for players to get their hands on the next Forza Motorsport game so the community can shape the game. Signing up is simple: you must be 18 or older and agree to a confidentiality statement which you can opt out of at any time if you decide to leave the program.
The first test of the game took place on May 8, 2021 and resulted in “lots of great feedback” from the community. According to creative director Chris Esaka. Esaki said that after the game test, the team was pretty sure that everyone was “very excited and energized” by what was shown. He also explained that the reason only small portions of the game are tested is because Turn 10 receives “critical feedback” on “focused areas”.
But if you missed the first test of the game, don’t worry. More tests of the game are expected in the future, although we are waiting for the exact date when they will take place.
Forza Motorsport: Car List
What cars can we expect to see in Forza Motorsport, and more importantly, which vehicle will appear on the cover of the game? While we currently have a hard time guessing the entire list, at least we know 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 number. While there’s no guarantee the next game will beat that number, mainly due to the fact that the cars will likely need to be rebuilt or upgraded for next-gen systems, we’re hoping Forza Motorsport will come close to that number.
So far, 41 cars have been confirmed for Forza Motorsport, including nine new cars. In fact, user YoungRhombus saved the file starting list on the GT Planet forums (opens in a new tab). Many thanks to them as we used this list to help create the one pictured below:
As more cars are confirmed, they will be added to this section.
- Acura – 2020 #6 ARX-05 DPi (NEW), 2018 #36 Gradient Racing NSX GT3 (NEW)
- Apollo – 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione
- Aston Martin – 2017 No. 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 No.1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE, 2017 No.24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
- Brabham – 2019 BT62
- Cadillac – 2021 #31 Whelen Racing DPi-VR (NEW)
- Chaparral – 1966 #66 Chaparral Cars 2E
- Chevrolet – 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe, 2020 #3 Corvette Racing C8.R (NEW), 1969 Camaro SS Coupe
- Dodge – 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, 2014 #93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R, 1969 Charger R/T Hemi
- Eagle-Weslake – 1967 T1G
- Ferrari- 1967 #24 Ferrari SpA 330 P4
- Ford – 1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1966 #2 GT40 Mk II Le Mans
- Formula Drift – 2020 #151 Toyota GR Supra, 2018 #64 Nissan 370Z
- Ginetta – 2019 #6 Band 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 No. 55 Mazda 787B
- McLaren – 2019 Senna GTR (NEW), 1966 M2B
- Mercedes-AMG – 2018 GT3 (NEW)
- mercury – 1970 cougar 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 listing
For now, we know about five tracks that are to be included in Forza Motorsport. Thanks again to YoungRhombus for keeping the current tally up. The confirmed tracks are:
- WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway
- Maple Valley Raceway (Fictional)
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
- Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (NEW)
- Hakone Circuit (Fictional, NEW)
Forza Motorsport: News and Rumors
Forza introduces a corner control system
While we wait for Forza Motorsport’s next big reveal, Turn 10 has given fans a little update in the new one Twitter Post. By introducing a new “Corner Mastery System”, Turn 10 advised that it allows practice sessions to be concentrated on the more difficult corners around the track. What’s more, you can compare corner scores in real time, competing against other players.
In the new #ForzaMotorsport, we want to help you unlock the fastest version. Corner Mastery focuses your practice 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?
Originally thought to be an Xbox Series X|S exclusive with a PC release, leaked images suggest Forza Motorsport could potentially come to Xbox One as well.
At the beginning of this year, on r/gamingleaksand rumors (opens in a new tab)two pre-release photos of Forza Motorsport have surfaced, which are said to have been taken in July 2021. You can’t tell much from the photos alone, they only show the garage and the team looking to run this race, but the interesting thing is that they are supposedly from the Xbox build They.
It has since been “verified” by a mod on this subreddit, although it remains officially unconfirmed by Microsoft and Turn 10. Around the same time, separate Forza Motorsport rumors surfaced from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who advised on the latest Xbox One Podcast that it is in beta and some influencers have already played it.
No Xbox One version has been mentioned before, and given how the game is supposed to take advantage of newer features like 4K resolution and ray tracing, that would certainly be a surprise.