Forza Motorsport: Everything we know so far

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It has been a long time since Forza Motorsport was announced and with its direct rival Gran Turismo 7 out now and dominating game sales, Turn 10's silence is worrying.

It's not complete radio silence, however, and there are pieces of news filtering out about the 8th instalment of the more sim-focused racing title.

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Here's everything we know so far about Forza Motorsport!

Latest news - Forza Motorsport entering polishing phase next year

During September's Forza Monthly, Turn 10 provided an update on Forza Motorsport, confirming the game is in "full production" and will enter the polishing phase next year.

Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait a while for updates on Forza Motorsport as Turn 10 confirmed more will be shared "in a few months."

Release window at last

The Summer Xbox Games Showcase finally gave us a release window for Forza Motorsport.

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Forza Motorsport will finally arrive in Spring 2023!

A trailer and gameplay video also gave us an extended look at the Forza Motorsport reboot during the event. We've rounded up five things you may have missed in the Forza Motorsport reveal.

Leaked screenshots hint at Xbox One release

After months of silence, new Forza Motorsport screenshots have leaked online from an early alpha build of the game.

Forza Motorsport leaked screenshot
Leaked Forza Motorsport screenshots hint at an Xbox One release

While Forza Motorsport was only announced for Xbox Series X|S, the leaked screenshots are reportedly from an Xbox One build, suggesting Microsoft's new sim racer will be a cross-gen release.

Let's hope this paves the way for an official reveal soon!

Release date

Revealed at E3 in July 2020, there is still no release date two years on.

Forza Motorsport 4K 1
GRAPHICS: The game is set to be stunning in 4K

However, as recently revealed, we do now have a release window.

Forza Motorsport will arrive in Spring 2023. That should mean a March-May release date for the game.

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It will of course be available day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Platforms

Forza Motorsport will be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC. An Xbox One version is not confirmed, but Turn 10 and Microsoft will share "details on platform availability at a later date" according to an online FAQ.

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Forza Motorsport will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox Series X

The online FAQ also confirms Forza Motorsport will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox Series X and 1080p/60fps on Xbox Series S.

Gameplay

Thanks to the Xbox Games Showcase, we have a few updates about gameplay for Forza Motorsport.

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Along with the handling and physics updates, there are some huge wins for Forza Motorsport fans.

Tyre management and different compounds along with fuel strategies return. But there is more.

There will be in-race ray tracing, which is something Gran Turismo 7 doesn't offer, as well as a real trump card.

Forza Motorsport will have fully dynamic world time and weather at EVERY circuit.

Turn 10 has greatly improved the tyre model for Motorsport. Increasing the amount and frequency of data the game will process. This will hugely impact handling and should make Forza Motorsport the most realistic instalment of the franchise.

Cars

The rumours circulating currently seem to suggest a less is more approach, especially when it comes to the car list. Expectations are that the car list will be trimmed down from FM7.

Forza Motorsport Cars
REFINED CHOICE: The game will still have a detailed selection of vehicles

This is no bad thing if more time and detail is put into the cars that are included, to help them feel. However, we more than expect Turn 10 to have done a great job perfecting each and every one of them.

This means that the developers, Turn 10, can focus on perfecting the feel of each and every vehicle.

Several new cars making their Forza Motorsport debut were shown in the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase trailer, from the Nissan 370Z Nismo and Audi RS E-Tron GT, to the Brabham BT62 and Koenigsegg Jesko.

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Tracks

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase trailer and gameplay trailer confirmed that the fan-favourite Maple Valley circuit is returning in Forza Motorsport. There will also be new tracks including the South African Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and Circuit Hakone, a new Grand Prix circuit set in Japan.

Forza Motorsport Circuit Hakone
Circuit Hakone is a new Grand Prix circuit in Forza Motorsport set in Japan.

Every track in Forza Motorsport is rebuilt from the ground up using photogrammetry and 3D material scans.