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Forza Motorsport Trailer: Forza Motorsport career mode revealed in gameplay demo


Forza Motorsport trailer

After a long hiatus, Forza Motorsport is making a long-awaited comeback on Xbox Series X|S and PC later this year.

First announced back in 2020, Forza Motorsport was shown off during Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase 2023 with a flashy new trailer highlighting the game's cover car stars. This was followed by an extended gameplay demo showcasing the new Builders Cup career mode.

We've rounded up every Forza Motorsport trailer along with the gameplay demo for your viewing pleasure.

Career mode gameplay demo

The latest Forza Motorsport gameplay demo provided a deep dive into the new career mode.

Forza Motorsport's career mode focuses on three pillars: level, build, and dominate. Each event is tailored to different car classes with three elements: Open practice, Challenge the Grid, and Feature Race.

With a levelling-up system for car upgrades, Forza Motorsport looks like a step forward, bringing back a sense of progression and achievement that's been missing in other racing game career modes.

There are also options to enable or disable penalties, damage and tyre wear for different player skill levels.

Forza Motorsport Xbox Games Showcase trailer
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The only disappointment is that Forza Motorsport's career mode will require an online connection to progress like in GT7.

Xbox Games Showcase 2023 trailer

The spotlight was shone on Forza Motorsport during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, where a new trailer showed off the game's cover cars in action. We also got a look at Forza Motorsport's stunning visuals enhanced with ray-tracing effects on Xbox Series X as well as new track locations.

Perhaps most importantly, the trailer also finally confirmed the release date: mark your calendars for 10 October 2023.

Forza Motorsport shines at Developer_Direct

January's Xbox showcase saw Forza Motorsport and Turn 10 Studios take to the stage.

Showing off stunning graphics and amazing detail, the latest trailer for Forza Motorsport smashed it as a technical display.

However, it disappointed as an actual game showcase, with little to no gameplay on offer.

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 trailer

Reimagined for a new generation, the trailer showcases a variety of new cars and motorsport disciplines, new damage modelling, and stunning visuals.

Gameplay demo

For Forza fans, the real highlight of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 was the extended Forza Motorsport gameplay demo. In over five minutes of glorious uncut 4K gameplay footage, Turn 10 took us on a tour of the game in a race at the fan-favourite Maple Valley Circuit.

It’s easy to miss, but the trailer also provides a first look at Circuit Hakone, a new fictional high-speed Grand Prix circuit set in Japan.

Other confirmed Forza Motorsport tracks include Laguna Seca and the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, which makes its Forza Motorsport debut.

Utilising the power of the Xbox Series X, Forza Motorsport looks like a true next-generation racing game. Real-time ray-tracing effects bring the environments to life, highlighting details on engine bays and reflecting other cars on bodywork. 

Unlike Gran Turismo 7, ray-tracing effects aren’t limited to replays or car showrooms: all races will have ray-tracing.

Whether ray-tracing can be switched off to improve performance remains to be seen, but Forza Motorsport will run at 4K and 60fps according to Turn 10.

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We also get a look at Forza Motorsport’s improved damage modelling. Although the body deformation doesn’t seem to be improved likely due to licensing restrictions, individual scratches form on the bodywork and the paint peels away at exposed and raised edges.

Captured using photogrammetry and 3D material scans, environments look more realistic than ever. Every track also has dynamic time of day, with temperature changes affecting track surfaces and grip levels.

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Billed as the "most technically advanced racing game ever made," Forza Motorsport looks sensational. The graphics are a generational leap forward, but what matters most is the driving.

We’ll reserve judgement until we get a hands-on, but Turn 10 says the physics simulation has had a 48 times improvement. Multiple tyre compounds and tyre and fuel management will also add a new element of strategy to races.

Announcement trailer

Forza Motorsport was first unveiled back in July 2020 at Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase.

Lasting only around one minute, the brief announcement trailer showcased Turn 10’s next-generation graphics engine as an Apollo Intensa Emozione tore up Laguna Seca.

Release date

After several delays, the Forza Motorsport release date was finally confirmed during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023.

Forza Motorsport is racing onto Xbox Series X|S and PC on 10 October 2023. However, players who pre-order the Premium Edition will get five days of early access starting on 5 October 2023.

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