The 2018 McLaren 720S is the latest flagship supercar from
the acclaimed British manufacturer, McLaren, and it’ll be arriving in Forza
Motorsport 7 next month with the July Car Pack.
Announced on the debut episode of ‘Forza
Monthly’ earlier tonight, the 2018 McLaren 720S will be the hotly-anticipated
car of July for Forza Motorsport 7 fans. The supercar will be featured in the
July Car Pack, which Turn 10 has already confirmed to be free for Car Pass
holders. An additional Car Pack after this will also be made available to Forza
Motorsport 7 Car Pass owners at no extra cost.
The 2018 McLaren 720S was in the studio for the inaugural episode
of ‘Forza Monthly,’ and was provided to Turn 10 by McLaren Bellevue in Seattle
for the livestream. Viewers were given a guided tour of the car from Community
Writer and Streamer John Schommer and Forza Art Director Scott Lee, who
discussed the process of bringing the car into Forza Motorsport 7.
“It’s beautiful in-person I gotta say. Our art team was
building this, and obviously this is gonna be in the game shortly,” he
revealed. “We used CAD, and we get data from the manufacturers, especially when
it comes to new cars, and the attention-to-detail that we have is equal to the
“You know, the size and scale of the rivets and the bolts –
they all have to be exactly right,” Lee continued. “The one thing that we have
to take artistic impression of is really the painting, and if you take a look
at this glorious spec – this glacier white and black, it’s a beautiful contrast.”
“It is white but it’s not – it’s gold and blue and grey all
at the same time,” he added. “It’s kinda glorious, and for us, to try and
replicate this kind of many, many tens of thousands of dollars paintjob in the
game is really tough. We have an amazing shader artist who actually tried to
replicate metal flake in our game and roughness – and you know, this is always
a real challenge.”
It’s worth noting that the 2018 McLaren 720S inside the
studio was the ‘M.B. Edition,’ which stands for ‘McLaren Bellevue Edition.’ This
simply means the car comes with a complimentary window sticker to designate
where it originated from. The actual 720S name stands for the horsepower that
comes out of the car, with the supercar having around 710hp delivered from a twin-turbo
4.0-liter V8 engine.
The level of detailed offered on the 2018 McLaren 720S is a
testament to the absolutely brilliance of the British manufacturer, one behind
some of the most incredible cars out there, such as the McLaren P1 and of
course more recently, the McLaren Senna, which is also expected to
debut in Forza Motorsport 7 sometime in the future. The design of the McLaren
720S has been perfected, made purely for racing and functionality in mind with its intricate details and complex surfaces complimented by unique flowing lines as if it’s made to be a sculptural
work of art.
Scott Lee also noted that the level of detail on the cars of
today is what often results in the lengthy waiting times it can take for some
newer cars to arrive into the Forza franchise.
“When we build a Forza car, they
are modular like real cars are,” he said. “You’re able to swap out the wheels,
you’re able to open up hoods, you’re able to tune the car – and all these values
are kinda real, and for us to be able to have that function, we actually build our
cars much like an assembly line.”
“There’s frames, there’s bodies, there’s suspension bits, and
brakes and wheels, and they’re all kinda separate – and interiors, obviously,” Lee continued. “Speaking
of interiors, this thing is just awash in the most beautiful Alcantara, I wish
you guys could smell this – I wish we could have smell in Forza.”
In fact, there’s so much Alcantara in the 2018 McLaren 720S,
Turn 10 had to consult an Alcantara expert to ensure the result in the game was
“I don’t know if this is a great thing, it might be a little embarrassing
to say how much time we spent trying to get Alcantara right in Forza Motorsport
7,” he added. “It is glorious, it might be one of the best materials ever
rendered in a game, I’ll say that right now – and a testament to our art team
to really kinda put that stuff together.”
“Alcantara, you know how making things shiny is easy in a
game, making things flat is very easy as well,” Lee explained. “Making things
shiny and flat and then seeing fingerprints, that’s really difficult, and I
think all the fans out there can go take a look at the new car as well, but
other cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris that have Alcantara in the car, take
a look at the level of detail – the fingerprints, the streaks, and have a new appreciation
for our tech artists. Kudos to our tech art team.”
It’s undeniable that Turn 10 and its partners puts a lot of
work into crafting each of the unique Forzavista models used in the Forza franchise,
but the 2018 McLaren 720S might have required some of the most effort yet –
especially with those interiors boasting that incredibly beautiful and unique Alcantara
material. The 2018 McLaren 720S will be fully customizable and explorable in
the Forzavista mode once it releases in July for Forza Motorsport 7.
Of course, this won’t be the first video game appearance of
the McLaren 720S. The acclaimed supercar first debuted as a cover hero car for Project CARS 2
– the latest racing simulator from the UK-based developer, Slightly Mad
Studios. A scale model of the supercar was also included in the Collector’s Edition
of the game. Regardless, the version coming to Forza Motorsport 7 should be a
real treat for fans – lookout for it in the July Car Pack releasing next month.
In other Forza Motorsport 7 news, the June Content
Update will be released on Tuesday, June 5th with a host of brand-new
features and improvements based on fan-feedback – including the eagerly-awaited
standalone release of the Hoonigan
Car Pack. It’ll also introduce a new, free car for all players in the 1982 Ford
#6 Zakspeed Roush Mustang IMSA GT race car. This is the ‘Spotlight’ car for
June following the 2018 Honda
Civic Type R in May.
The Spotlight Program in Forza Motorsport 7 has been
designed to “light up” different experiences around selected cars and their
automaker with associated events allowing fans to dive deeper into these
vehicles, which is how Creative Director Chris Esaki described it on the
livestream. Turn 10 confirmed that more Spotlight cars and manufacturers will
be added in the months ahead.
A quick update was also provided regarding the new Forza Race
Regulations system that was announced on last month’s Inside Xbox
livestream. The updated track limits which have been “hand-drawn” will be
shipping “fairly soon.” All leaderboards will be wiped once they roll out and
Turn 10 are aiming to enable all these changes to accompany the upcoming release
of the new Time Attack mode – which introduces Rivals leaderboards for all car,
class and track combos in the game.
The Forza Race Regulations adjudication system was described
as “complex” by Esaki, who said it uses the Machine Learning available at Microsoft.
It’s a big effort for the team, no doubt, and it will be flighted overtime.
With this system in place, which can penalize players for misbehaving during
races, the tire walls that are often dominantly placed on tracks will no longer
be needed. Additionally, the updated ‘Experimental Drag’ mode is “almost done”
and Turn 10 will be shipping it “really soon,” so expect it drop in the near
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