The final update for Forza Motorsport 7 arrives on Tuesday, August 6th for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, featuring the new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the introduction of race disqualification for Forza Race Regulations.
Furthermore, a series of UI improvements introduce timed intervals measured in seconds to the Mini Leaderboard displayed in races, whilst penalties and disqualification status has been added to the Ticker in Spectate mode.
Below, we’ll take a deeper look at everything that’s new in the Forza Motorsport 7 August 2019 Update – starting with the official description for the final Spotlight Car to be added to the game.
The “718” moniker added to the fourth generation Cayman harkens to the 1957-1962 mid-engine Porsche racer that made its mark in motorsport history. This GT4 Clubsport is a true track-only competitor, so the rebirth of the hallowed development number is a good fit. This time around the simplicity of the original model gives way to the benefits of technology to deliver fast and capable results.
For perfect balance, the 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six is mounted amidships, facing backwards (when compared to a 911 engine) with the transmission in the rear. Weight savings is partially realized through a sustainable natural-fiber weave in the doors and aero. From nose to tail this is a single-seat, race-ready track car (complete with escape hatch!) from the winningest marque in racing history. If that doesn’t sum up what this car is capable of, there is only one other thing that will: driving it.
Over the last few months, Forza Race Regulations has been at the heart of Forza Motorsport 7’s content updates. It’s also been the primary focus of the game’s development team who were yet to transition onto the next project. The adjudication system has slowly rolled out into Forza Motorsport 7 with each update, starting off with a Private Beta test ahead of last month’s addition of collision-based penalties.
The ongoing development of Forza Race Regulations for Forza Motorsport 7 concludes with the release of the August 2019 Update and its long-awaited introduction of race disqualifications. Work on the adjudication system continues and Forza Race Regulations will see an updated iteration in the next installment into the franchise.
With the introduction of race disqualification into Forza Race Regulations on Forza Motorsport 7, those who accumulate 10 seconds of penalties will be placed into a “Probation” warning state. At 12 seconds, they will be immediately booted from the current race and returned to the Hopper Select screen. Disqualified players will receive a message explaining they have been removed from the race and can then matchmake for a subsequent race.
Turn 10 Studios says the 12-second time accumulation is “the result of a great deal of in-house testing from the Forza 7 team, who were determined to find a balance between a time penalty total that was difficult for well-meaning but lesser-skilled players to accumulate, while still punishing griefers or rammers who want to ruin the races of others online.” The developer did, however note a few caveats regarding penalty times and accumulations.
As there is no way to reduce penalty time in a race, once a player enters “Probation” there is no way to reset or remove that status until the race is complete. Secondly, once a new race is started, penalties are reset for all players in the lobby. Finally, those in Private Lobbies with Forza Race Regulations enabled have no control over disqualification time thresholds, but all players can choose to disable disqualification in the race setup menu.
Turn 10 Studios is asking players for their input on the improvements made to Forza Race Regulations in the Forza Motorsport 7 August 2019 Update. Whilst this is the final update for the game, feedback remains welcome as the developer continues to work and improve the race adjudication system for its next iteration.
Two new UI features arrive into Forza Motorsport 7 this month, both highly requested additions from the community. The Mini Leaderboard, which is displayed in the lower left-hand side of the screen when racing, will now show distance between cars in seconds. The time interval becomes the new default setting with the August 2019 Update, but players can set the previous interval (feet/meters) via the HUD options menu.
Furthermore, information relevant to Forza Race Regulations, like penalties and disqualification state, is now shown on the Horizontal Ticker when viewing races in Spectate mode. That’s certain to come in handy for the next season of the Forza Racing Championship esports series, details of which are to be shared during the next Forza Monthly show later this month on Tuesday, August 27th. For the complete list of bug fixes and tweaks included in this final update, then be sure to read the official patch notes over on the official Forza Support website.
After almost two full years of post-launch support, work on Forza Motorsport 7 has officially concluded as Turn 10 Studios shifts its focus onto the next installment into the franchise. With more talent than ever before, combined with a renewed focus on "player-centric design" and a modernized approach to building track environments, it’s finally time to set your eyes to the future and look forward to the next all-new Forza Motorsport game.
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