Following the introduction of long-awaited esports features
in the February
Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7, developer Turn 10 Studios has
announced brand-new additions for the recently-added Spectate mode, as well as
improvements to the Livery Editor which will be featured in the March Content
Update for the game.
The March Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7 will also be
accompanied by the March Car Pack,
featuring classic race cars such as the 1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5, the 1988
Nissan #33 Bob Sharp Racing 300ZX, and the 1977 Brabham #8 Motor Racing
Developments BT45B. These cars are joined by the stylish 2017 Lincoln
Continental, the vintage 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider, an American off-roader
in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and a new SUV from Volvo in the 2017 Volvo
You can find out full rundown of the March Car Pack – which doesn’t
feature the usual sponsor – in our dedicated
article, which includes official developer descriptions for all the cars
featured, screenshots to accompany each of them, as well as the official
Let’s talk about the March Content Update, which Turn 10
says highlights “Forza’s ongoing commitment to esports” with the addition of
two new crucial features – Spectate Ticker and Spectate Telemetry. Both have
been widely requested by fans since the debut of Spectate in last month’s content
update, and these new features are accompanied by “fan-focused improvements” to
the Livery Editor, which have been designed to make “the creative lives of
painters better in the game.”
The new Spectate Mode in Forza Motorsport 7 will offer more information
than ever in online races thanks to the introduce of the new Ticker feature.
This is turned on by default during Spectate races and offers up “a multitude
of data types that can enhance the viewer’s enjoyment of any Forza Motorsport 7
These includes the following data types:
Whilst the race host can choose any of the above data loops
to cycle through during a race, they can also choose to leave the data loop
running through all data types. During this loop, the Ticker will offer
additional information, such as the race leader and last lap time, as well as up-to-date
best lap information and more. Lobby hosts will can also choose which car they
want to start the race on – this selection is part of the pre-race ‘Seed the
Grid’ screen available to lobby hosts.
Spectators can learn more about the race and each individual
driver competing with the new Telemetry screen. Only available when spectating
races, the new Telemetry screen has been redesigned in Forza Motorsport 7 to
work better with in-race broadcast footage. Turned off by default, this Telemetry
screen is manually engaged by the spectator and features a host of data that
players can use to enhance their understanding of each driver.
Spectators can scroll through numerous screens here,
including the following:
These improvements to Spectate have been designed and built
with the return of the Forza Racing
Championship in mind. With the ForzaRC Pre-Season Invitational on March
24th in Seattle, Washington, fans have been eager to see more fleshed-out
features and integration within the spectating and broadcasting experience for
Forza Motorsport 7, and that’s exactly what Turn 10 aims to deliver with the
new Ticker and Telemetry features in the Spectate Mode.
Turn 10 will likely add additional
esports features to Forza Motorsport 7 in the future as well, as part of
its ongoing commitment to new feature and content updates to its latest racing
game. With 2018 shaping up to be the biggest
and best year yet for the Forza Racing Championship, these new esports features
will be a crucial part of both the racing and spectating experience.
With the March Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7, Turn
10 will introduce a selection of new features and improvements built specifically
for its painting community. The team says it has been “listening carefully” to
what painters have been saying about the Livery Editor in Forza Motorsport 7,
and with those suggestions in mind, it has introduced a selection of
improvements designed to make the creative lines of painters even better.
Here’s a closer look at each of the new options painters can
look forward to with the March Content Update in Forza Motorsport 7, featuring
the official descriptions from Turn 10:
Layer Select Screen – Mirror Option
Players can now mirror select layers to the other side of a
vehicle. The Layer Select Menu can use mirror functionality on the following
configurations: Single Layer, Single Group, or a Group of Selected Layers
and/or Groups. All options can have a manufacturer decal present in them.
Manufacturer decals are transferred to the mirrored position but are not
Layer Select Screen – Flip Option
Players can now quickly and easily flip/mirror layers
horizontally or vertically. The Layer Select Menu now has two options: ‘Flip
Horizontal’ and ‘Flip Vertical.’ Selecting them will perform the flip operation
on the following configurations: Single Layer, Single Group, or a Group of
Selected Layers and/or Groups. NOTE: This will not work for any of the above if
they contain a manufacturer decal.
Layer Position Screen – Flip Option
Players can now select a ‘Flip Option’ modifier from the
Layer Position Screen. This has been added to the Help bar and the shortcuts
Holding in the Flip Mode modifier, and then editing the
layer using Left Stick/Cursor Keys/Mouse, will flip the layer in the axis the
user moves. The system allows the player to move the stick in any direction and
is smart about choosing that as the user-intended flip mode.
As with the Layer Select Flip operation, this is available
for Single Layer, Single Group and selected layers or a Group of Selected
Layers and/or Groups. NOTE: This will not work for any configuration that
contains a manufacturer decal.
Layer Position Screen – Snap Option
Players can take advantage of a new ‘Snap Mode’ modifier
which is available any time a player is editing a layer in the Layer Position
Screen. This has been added to the help bar and the shortcuts are:
(In keyboard/mouse CTRL by itself = Slow Mode and SHIFT by
itself = axis constrained faster mode).
Holding in the Snap Mode modifier, and then editing the
layer using the Left Stick/Cursor Keys/Mouse, will snap the values as follows:
This Snap Option is available on all layers, groups, and
Layer Colour Select – Favourite Colours
Players can now save their favourite colours across Livery
Editor sessions. This feature adds a new ‘Favourite Colours’ tab to the Livery Colour
Select Screen. On any of the other colour tabs pressing ‘Add to Favourite’
shortcut will add the selected colour to the Favourite Colours list, which is
shown in the Favourite Colours tab.
Re-adding an existing colour in the favourites list will
move the colour to the front of the list. On the Favourite Colours tab, the
same shortcut becomes ‘Remove from Favourite,’ which removes the selected colour
from the favourites list. The shortcuts are:
These favourite colours are now saved to the user’s profile
and can be accessed across Livery Editor sessions in the game.
Whilst not as significant as the massive February
Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7, which introduced the ‘Spectate’ and ‘Seed
the Grid’ esports features to the game, the March Content Update features more improvements
and new additions only a few short weeks after last month’s incredible update
Gaming Car Pack – which introduced the Bugatti Chiron to Forza Motorsport 7.
The March Content Update accompanied by the March Car Pack
will be available on Tuesday, March 6th. Don’t forget to check out the cars featured in
this latest release, and we’ll be sure to see you on the track in Forza
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