Bill Giese, the Creative Director of Forza Motorsport 7, has
teased that 2018 will be “a huge year” for the Forza franchise and community,
with some “spectacular announcements and new experiences” touted for fans to
look forward to.
Speaking to GamesRadar
in an end-of-year article that highlights the last 12 months of Xbox, Giese recapped
on his personal highlights of the Xbox One X launch, whilst giving fans a tease
of what’s to come.
“My 2017 highlight would be launching Forza Motorsport 7 on
Xbox One and PC in October, and then shipping the game again on Xbox One X in
November,” he said. “This game is a labour of love for the team and seeing the
feedback from the community has been incredible.”
“I’ll never forget when we announced the 2018 Porsche 911
GT2 RS on stage at E3 in June,” Giese continued. “For the first time in
history, a car was revealed alongside a game announce. Working with Porsche has
been a dream come true, and they were integral to helping us deliver a
When asked what he was looking forward to most in 2018, Giese
teased that fans have a lot to be excited about over the next 12 months. He
also shared that Red Dead Redemption 2 is the game he’s most looking forward to,
which Rockstar Games has said will launch in Spring 2018.
“I cannot wait for fans to see what we have in store – 2018
is going to be a huge year for the Forza community. We have some spectacular
announcements and new experiences coming up. I’m excited for those
announcements and Red Dead Redemption 2; everyone should be looking forward to
In his time at Microsoft, Giese has worked on numerous critically-acclaimed and iconic games, including Project Gotham Racing 2 and Rallisport Challenge 2. He is part of the original Turn 10 team that founded the Forza Motorsport franchise and developed all the Forza Motorsport titles. Before working at Microsoft, Giese acted as a gameplay counselor for Nintendo before moving his way up from testing to eventually working on game design.
He worked on popular titles such as Golden Eye, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Star Fox 64, testing game quality and design. He also worked with acclaimed video game design and producer Shigeru Miyamoto on titles like Pokémon Puzzle League, Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, and Wave Race Blue Storm. His biggest accomplishment came from launching the Pokemon franchise in the United States.
Overall, Giese is a video game industry veteran, having helped with so many popular games and franchises, and it sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to
from his team and the Forza franchise in 2018. With the return of the Forza Racing
Championship in the next few months with the eSports update for Forza
Motorsport 7 imminent, as well as post-launch expansions and the launch of the
next flagship entry in the series – most likely the inevitable Forza Horizon 4
from British developer Playground Games, there’s a lot for Forza fans to keep
on their radar over the year ahead.
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