Forza Motorsport Release Date: Early access, editions, latest news & more

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Forza Motorsport is the next iteration in the series many of us have grown to love.

With Forza Horizon 5 stealing the limelight, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the simulation-focused Forza Motorsport reboot.

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Microsoft's new sim racer was announced back in July 2020, but what is the Forza Motorsport release date?

Latest news – Leaked screenshots hint at Xbox One release

While we're still waiting for official information, new Forza Motorsport screenshots have leaked online showing an early alpha build of the game from July 2021.

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Forza Motorsport screenshots from an early alpha build have leaked online

Notably, the screenshots are apparently based on an Xbox One build. Forza Motorsport has only been announced for Xbox Series X|S so far, but the leak suggests it will be a cross-gen release.

Playtesting confirmed

The latest exciting news for fans of Forza is that playtesting has been confirmed.

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That’s right, whilst it will initially be closed, it seems that parts of the game are ready for the community to play already.

If you want to get hands-on with the game early, you can apply to do so HERE.

Forza Motorsport release date

Announced "in early stages of development" in July 2020, the game currently has no official release date. Leaks suggested that the game was headed for February 2021 release, but this obviously never materialised.

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With E3 2022 cancelled, Forza Motorsport could be one of the headline games shown at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase streaming on 12 June. With that in mind, we expect Forza Motorsport to release in September 2022 at the earliest.

An October release is also possible since Forza Motorsport 7 was released on 3 October 2017.

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COVID-19’s effect on release

The game’s delays into 2022 or beyond is due in part to the restrictions from Coronavirus that have hampered all game development over the last 18 months.

There have also been reports of Turn 10 being pulled aside to assist with other Xbox titles, including Halo Infinite. That would explain the long gap between announcements and new reveals.

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Early access

Most games release multiple editions, at least one of which has early access. Will Forza Motorsport be the same?

FM7 had early access with the Ultimate Edition, so we fully expect at least one edition of Forza Motorsport to offer a few days of early access, along with plenty of other bonuses!