Turn 10 Studios has announced it has “exciting news to share” in an exclusive Forza Motorsport 7 segment on next week’s episode of Inside
Xbox, the monthly news show hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s AceyBongos, as well as Jeff Rubenstein, Rukari Austin and Alexis Ruiz.
In the latest Forza Motorsport Week
in Review, Turn 10’s Community Manager Brian Ekberg teased the news, saying that fans should tune in to next week’s Inside Xbox livestream, which airs at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern, 11pm BST) on Thursday, May 17th. It’ll be broadcasted on the official Xbox Mixer channel, as well as YouTube and Twitch.
“One more tease before we take off for the weekend: Forza Motorsport 7 will have a segment in next week’s episode of Inside Xbox, and we’ll have exciting news to share,” he said. “The show kicks off at 3pm Pacific on Thursday, May 17 and you can watch live on the Xbox Mixer channel. Don’t miss it!”
Naturally, speculation will be rife leading up to the reveal, so let’s break down what the possibilities are. The most obvious point is that this a reveal tailored specifically for Forza Motorsport 7, so don’t expect any news on the Forza
Horizon series or an unannounced
title. Secondly, the only piece of content we’ve received for Forza Motorsport 7 this month so far is the 2018 Honda Civic Type-R, which was added for free in the May Content
An expansion announcement does seem plausible, given the timeframe of when expansions were released for past Forza titles. As I noted in our recent story on the IndyCar
IR-18 spec models being confirmed for the game, the Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels Expansions for Forza Horizon 3 had already been announced and shipped when comparing its post-release lifespan to Forza Motorsport 7. Likewise, Forza Motorsport 6 had also shipped its Porsche Expansion by now in its lifespan, with the NASCAR Expansion following it on May 17th.
It’s also worth discussing the IndyCar
IR-18. This 2018 spec model of the Dallara DW12 will be added to Forza Motorsport 7 “this season,” according to the Chief Marketing Officer of IndyCar, C.J. O’Donnell. He shared the news in response to a question about IndyCar’s involvement in gaming in an interview with Racer.com.
With Forza Motorsport 7 having added several IndyCar-themed
events to the game lately, including the ForzaRC
IndyCar Challenge featuring 2017 IndyCar Champion and Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 later this month, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see an IndyCar-related reveal on next week’s episode of Inside Xbox. In addition, the Verizon IndyCar Series has also become the latest sponsor of the Forza
Racing Championship, with its logo being prominently displayed throughout the Round 3 Wednesday
Showdown livestreams earlier this week.
Whether the IR-18 spec models are added in the form of free content, like the aforementioned Honda or paid content such as a Car Pack add-on or a full-fledged expansion that could introduce all the official team liveries and variants with all-new track locations and a new campaign experience, their addition to the game shouldn’t be too far off – which makes an Inside Xbox debut highly-plausible.
Previously, we anticipated that if Forza Motorsport 7 were to receive two post-launch expansions, they would come in the form of IMSA and Off-road GRC add-ons. Turn 10 Studios has yet to confirm whether any expansions will be made available for Forza Motorsport 7, and it has also yet to say if there will be any further Car Packs after the K1 Speed Car Pack, which was the final Car Pack to be featured in the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass.
Finally, there was also that recent leak of
British-themed vehicles based on a bunch of files found on the Windows 10 PC version of Forza Motorsport 7 with the April Content
Update installed. These files included cars such as the 2018 McLaren Senna, the Morris Minor and Austin FX4 Taxi, and the Peel P50 – the world’s smallest production car.
Whether the Inside Xbox reveal for Forza Motorsport 7 next week is related to these cars remains to be seen, however if I were a betting man, I’d say we’ll see a reveal for the IndyCar IR-18 spec models or the first post-launch expansion – or potentially both, if we’re receiving an IndyCar expansion. In a different leak, the Honda Civic GRC was revealed in an official Turn 10
Studio Tour video, which adds further fuel to the possibilities of an off-road expansion in the future.
As usual, we’ll have all the details you need to know here on FullThrottle Media, so be sure to check back next Thursday for all the latest on what’s next for Forza Motorsport
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