We’ve reported before that the entirety of the Forza Motorsport development team at Turn 10 Studios currently remains focused on delivering new
content, features and fixes for Forza Motorsport 7. In the latest Forza Monthly broadcast, the developer not only reiterated its commitment to the latest entry in the franchise – it also specifically stated it wasn’t developing Forza Motorsport 8.
Chris Esaki, the Creative Director of Forza Motorsport 7, revealed on this month’s livestream that the team are focused on new types of post-launch support and expansions for the game. That means instead of the traditional paid expansions we’re used to; the team are aiming to deliver new tracks, experiences and features based on fan-feedback. An example would be the free monhtly Spotlight vehicles from the likes of Ford, Honda and Porsche.
Naturally, with all this focus on Forza Motorsport 7, it means the inevitable next entry in the franchise has been pushed to the side – for now, at least.
“I just wanna reiterate this message, I know other people have said this before, but the entire team – 100% – the entire Forza Motorsport team right now is working on Forza Motorsport 7,” Esaki says. “What that means is we're not going off making Forza Motorsport 8. We’re actually not going off and making a grand new expansion. What we’re doing is investing in the Motorsport experience that you guys have right now – which makes it just better for everyone, right – which means that if you have an entire team working on making the game better, it’s just gonna get better and better and better and better.”
“And we’re doing it all for free, and all just listening to the community, making things better, and that’s where all these new features are coming from – and investing in modes that we have, expanding things outward, and making a deep, robust Motorsport game,” he continues. “That’s really what we’re all about right now. So, I hear you guys in terms of expansions, and we’re actively looking at all different ways of increasing the content.”
“I mean, obviously, we have cars and cars and cars, and we’re building deeper events and experiences around those cars, and I hear you guys,” Esaki adds. “We’re looking at tracks, we’re looking at all sorts of other content expansions – quote, unquote ‘expansions,’ but I look at every month as an expansion for us. Every month for us is really about building new experiences – a deeper and more robust FM7. And we hear the community – this is what we’re doing right now.”
Since its release, there has been a total of 16 updates to Forza Motorsport 7 – a stat that was shared by Turn 10 Studios at its E3 Coliseum panel last month. “It’s now about involving the community,” said Turn 10’s Creative Director Dan Greenawalt at that same panel in relation to the future of the Forza Motorsport franchise. “It’s no longer build a game and be done – or even build a game and do DLC.” Last week’s July
Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7 introduced the Top Gear
Car Pack with two Porsche Spotlight vehicles, as well as a change to how
exclusive cars are acquired, new performance improvements to the user interface, and more.
This same type of post-launch support will also apply to Forza Horizon 4. At the E3 Coliseum panel, Playground Games Creative Director Ralph Fulton said, “We see seasons not just as a really cool open-world feature, but also as the perfect sort of delivery mechanism if you will like for the new stuff that our team is gonna continually bring to the game post-launch.”
“Whether that’s new experiences, new features, responses to community feedback – our commitment is that the team will continue to develop and evolve and change the game almost with the passing
seasons as well,” he continued. “So, the game you see at launch will not resemble the game that you’ll be playing in a month or two months or six months or years to come.”
Forza Horizon 4 will be available
on October 2nd, 2018, but that naturally doesn’t mean the end of post-launch support for Forza Motorsport 7. As Esaki mentioned on the Forza Monthly broadcast earlier this month, the team at Turn 10 Studios are “actively looking” at ways to increase the content available in its latest Motorsport title. That means new tracks and features, as well as the monthly cars and events we’re already used to.
Obviously, the Forza Racing
Championship esports series will also continue to grow and expand – adopting
teams with the best drivers as the program evolves. The feature
roadmap for Forza Motorsport 7 also supports the esports racing series too, with the Forza Race Regulations system and the all-new redrawn track limits allowing for tighter, more competitive action out on the field. Combined with the new
Drag and Drift features, as well as the return of Class Rivals and a Leaderboard reset to accompany this addition, there’s a lot for Forza Motorsport 7 players to look forward to in the months ahead.
Overall, Forza Motorsport 8 most likely isn’t coming in 2019 – which suggests next year could mark the first time we don’t see a brand-new Forza title since 2011. The Forza franchise annualized back with the release of Forza Motorsport 4 on Xbox 360 and the introduction of the Forza Horizon subseries, which has obviously since flourished into a kingpin racing series of its own accord. However, with the commitment to Forza
Motorsport 7 – and a host of new content, features and experiences in the works, there’s undeniably a lot to be excited for over the coming months, and obviously, all these updates and feature additions benefits the inevitable Forza Motorsport 8, too. It really is the ultimate win-win situation for fans and the developer alike.
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