The November Update arrives to Forza Motorsport 7 on Tuesday, November 6th. Not only does it introduce a host of free content for players to discover in the form of Hot Wheels and a classic Porsche Can-Am legend from the history of motorsport, but it also shows Turn 10’s ongoing commitment to updating, improving and enhancing the game based on feedback and open communication with the Forza community.
Therefore, with the release of the November Update in Forza Motorsport 7, Prize Crates will no longer be available to purchase in the game. These loot boxes were your gateway to acquiring new Driver Gear outfits, Mod Cards and Player Badges, but Turn 10 heard loud and clear from the Forza community that they weren’t right for Forza Motorsport 7 – and they listened. In their place comes the all-new Race Shop feature, where players can acquire all the same items as before – bypassing the randomization of Prize Crates. With the new Race Shop, you get exactly what you pay for with credits. No microtransactions, no loot boxes.
In addition, the November Update also features an updated collisions model for Forza Motorsport 7, which has been designed to improve both the single-player and online racing experiences. All that combines for yet another packed month of Forza Motorsport 7 goodness for race fans to dive into, and it’s safe to say it should result in the most comprehensive version of Turn 10’s latest motorsport racing game to-date. Let’s take a deeper look at everything featured in the Forza Motorsport 7 November Update, starting with the Spotlight Car of the month from Porsche – the legendary 917/30 Can-Am Spyder. Below, you’ll find its official description from Turn 10 Studios.
The age of Can-Am cars was an era of unparalleled speed. The 917/30 driven by Mark Donahue broke A.J Foyt’s closed course record-setting a speed of 221.120, a record that stood for nearly 20 years. It wasn’t just the power, it was the weight of the 917 – a scant 1,765 pounds – that made this car so formidable. It could go from 0 to 60mph in 2.1 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 3.9 seconds, and 0 to 200 mph in 13.4 seconds. In 1973 those numbers set the 917/30 apart; 45 years later, this classic Porsche racer still astounds.
Last month, Turn 10 revealed its all-new collisions model for Forza Motorsport 7, built to improve both the solo and online racing experiences. It’s part of the developer’s ‘Forza Fundamentals’ initiative, in which Turn 10 aims to advance the overall core motorsport mechanics of its game. That means implementing a series of physics upgrades that improves the Forza Motorsport 7 experience for all players. It’s a roadmap that extends as far as 2021, but the November Update marks the first step in getting these improvements in the hands of players.
There’s no doubt that collisions happen in Forza and will continue to happen so long as on-track contact exists. It’s a part of motorsport, almost as if its nature. Accidents do happen on the track, and sometimes aggressive drivers like to push their luck. Whilst a future update to the game will introduce a race regulations system to tackle on-track aggression and hand out penalties to non-sporting drivers, this release will make collisions more realistic, more avoidable, and less impactful.
Firstly, and keep in-mind there will be some nitty-gritty physics talk here, the energy dissipation between bodies, as well as the way tire friction is calculated during a collision, has been improved. This is a change across all areas of Forza Motorsport 7, and it means that collisions will be what Turn 10 describes as “softer,” where collisions absorb energy and the collision impulse happens over a longer period.
Secondly, collisions are now resolved locally in online races, and are blended when the game receives an update from other payers in the same multiplayer event. This effectively means that multiplayer collisions now operate like single-player collisions, even in scenarios where players have high-latency. This improved network code will result in less major collisions and cleaner races as a result.
Finally, Turn 10 has introduced a new Collision Assist option that scales the amount of body rotation a car can impart on another car in a crash. Players can choose to turn the Collision Assist on or off and will have the option to create lobbies that enforce the assist. Again, this will lead to even cleaner races and less chaos in those early turns. The Collision Assist has been designed to tackle griefing and make online racing less intimating to newcomers as a car hit by a car with this assist engaged will also receive the benefits of the assist being enabled, and vice versa.
As a result, contact and collisions will now feel significantly different in Forza Motorsport 7 with this update. Contact between cars when side-by-side will result in fewer spins; tandem drifters will find that their cars will be more tolerant of tiny taps than before, and griefers dive-bombing into the first turn will have far less of an effect on the rest of the field than usual. Overall, this new collision model is designed to bring car-to-car contact more in line with the real world and make the experience for all players even better, regardless of skill level.
The Race Shop has arrived into Forza Motorsport 7 and it replaces the retired Prize Crates functionality. This new feature provides players with the ability to purchase Driver Gear outfits, Mod Cards and Player Badges whenever they desire. It can be found in a new tile on the main menu of Forza Motorsport 7, where Prize Crates were previously located. The inventory of available items inside the Race Shop will refresh every six minutes, which is the average length of a career race in the Forza Driver’s Cup, and all items are purchasable using in-game credits.
The selection of items available will vary in cost based on their type and overall rarity. Driver Gear and Player Badges that appear within the Race Shop that a player already owns will be shown darkened out and won’t be available for purchase, but players will be able to buy Mod Cards that they might already have in their collection. The stock of items available in the Race Shop will not be the same for all players – they’re local, tailored and randomized for your hardware. It’s worth noting that newcomers to Forza Motorsport 7 will no longer receive Prize Crates via the Forza Rewards program when playing the game for the first time as before. Moving forward, they will now receive a selection of Mod Cards instead, depending on their Forza Rewards Tier level.
With the November Update for Forza Motorsport 7 comes Hot Wheels. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beloved die-cast toy car maker, this iconic collection of models promotes the incredible legacy of Hot Wheels by allowing you to race legendary vehicles like the Twin Mill and the Bone Shaker on the world-famous track locations of Forza Motorsport 7.
In addition to some fan-favourites, there’s a few Hot Wheels cars that are brand-new to the franchise, including the 1970 Hot Wheels Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, the 1969 Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe and the 1963 Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beetle. These join the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, the 2017 Hot Wheels Rip Rod, the 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang and the 1969 Hot Wheels Twin Mill that Forza fans already know and love.
The best news? These cars are free to all Forza Motorsport 7 players. They also come accompanied by some new Driver Gear outfits that players can unlock over the coming weeks, including the 50th Anniversary suit that will be gifted out to everyone. Meanwhile, a collection of five decade-specific outfits will be available to earn via Forzathon events over the next five weeks – and details on how you can earn these can be found below.
Here’s a look at all the fun new Hot Wheels community events coming to Forza Motorsport 7 throughout the rest of November and into early December, in which you’ll be able to earn the custom tailored Hot Wheels Driver Gear outfits:
November Hot Wheels #Forzathon Events
November Hot Wheels Rivals Events
In addition to the above events, there’s also a new Hot Wheels Race Day in Multiplayer Hoppers featuring all the new Hot Wheels cars, as well as new Hot Wheels Leagues starring the Rip Rod and the Ford Mustang. As for the Spotlight Car this month, the 1973 Porsche Can-Am Spyder has its own dedicated Track Day event on Lime Rock Park – so you’ll be able to put this legend of motorsports through its paces on a beloved American circuit.
Furthermore, Turn 10 also has a brand-new Bounty Hunter ladder event coming to Forza Motorsport 7 in November. The developer has teased that it’s “the biggest event in Bounty Hunter history,” and backed up this claim by revealing that a total of nine bounties from Turn 10 Studios will be available for the community to chase. Players will be driving the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR on Watkins Glen Short Alt when the event begins in Forza 7 on Friday, November 9th.
There you have it, everything happening in the world of Forza Motorsport 7 throughout the month of November! Because its Thanksgiving month in the United States, you’ll have noticed that some of the above Forzathon events are up for two weeks instead of one with twice the number of challenges, allowing players more time to complete them in order to account for travel during the holidays. In addition, the Bounty Hunter event will also be celebrating Thanksgiving with plenty of rewards to unlock to tie up yet another unmissable month of Forza Motorsport 7 experiences. We’ll see you out on the track!
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