During the Xbox Games Showcase event, Turn 10 Studios debuted a first look tease at its new Forza Motorsport title that’s early in-development for Xbox Series X and Windows 10 PC. The developer is utilizing the full power of the latest and greatest hardware to deliver what it calls “a dynamic world” in 4K, 60fps with full ray-tracing.
This technical leap means that Forza Motorsport will not be coming to Xbox One, but from the trailer, it’s clear that the visual upgrade is immense. From the surfaces of cars reflecting off one another to the glimmer of light bouncing realistically on the track surface – interplayed with detailed shadows and the surrounding environment. Trackside details also come to life through high-quality foliage and fully-modelled trees, as shown on an overhauled Laguna Seca.
“The new Forza Motorsport, currently in early development, is a reimagining of the series,” says Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director of the Forza franchise at Turn 10 Studios. “We are taking what has made Forza Motorsport great over the past 15 years and pairing it with new game concepts and new technologies.”
“As the Forza franchise has expanded, so has the importance of player-to-player connection and the immersion delivered through state-of-the-art realism,” Greenawalt adds. “The Xbox Series X, with its focus on speed and power, provides us the opportunity to connect our players to the Forza universe, and to one another, like never before.”
The visually spectacular trailer, which featured “footage captured in-engine” for both garage and track shots, focused heavily on the Apollo IE sports car, with the BAC Mono and the Mazda Lola B12 also shown.
Forza Motorsport will also be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one, but a release timeframe was not given. It’s still early days for the new Forza installment, but expect to hear more details in the months ahead.
Turn 10 Studios also revealed that Forza Horizon 4 is being optimized for Xbox Series X with “higher fidelity graphics and faster performance” to give players the opportunity to revisit and explore beautiful, historic Britain in native 4K at 60FPS.
The “Quick Resume” feature on Xbox Series X allows players to dive into the open-world instantly without any delay, whilst load times are also “dramatically improved.” As an Xbox Smart Delivery title, the Xbox Series X update for Forza Horizon 4 will be a free download for all Forza Horizon 4 owners as well as Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
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