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Forza Motorsport: Everything we know so far

Forza Motorsport: Everything we know so far

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After six years, Forza Motorsport has finally crossed the finish line.

A reboot of the series, Microsoft's flagship Xbox racer is making a comeback later this year. It marks the first entry in the franchise since Forza Motorsport 7 in 2017. With cutting-edge graphics showcasing the power of Xbox Series X, a redesigned career mode, and a new multiplayer system, Gran Turismo is about to get some serious competition.

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Latest news - Update 6 brings significant car progression changes

The latest Forza Motorsport update is here. Along with the usual raft of new cars, career events, and Featured Multiplayer events, Update 6 makes significant changes to Forza Motorsport's controversial car progression system.

All car parts are now available to buy from Car Level 1. Unlike before, this means you can install car parts in any order, regardless of the Car Level

Forza Motorsport Update 6
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Forza Motorsport races onto Xbox and PC

After six years, the wait for Forza Motorsport is over.

Players who Premium Edition got their hands on Forza Motorsport early. But as of 10 October, Forza Motorsport is available for everyone on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Game Pass.

From tuning guides to controller settings, our Forza Motorsport hub has everything you need to know about Turn 10's latest track racer.

Forza Motorsport early access
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Forza Motorsport review

Ahead of the early access launch, our verdict on Turn 10's Forza Motorsport reboot is here. Has Gran Turismo 7 met its match? Find out in our Forza Motorsport review here.

Guides

Our comprehensive guides will help you get the most out of Forza Motorsport:

Gameplay

With less than a month until launch, Turn 10 has presented the opening 20 minutes of Forza Motorsport, showcasing the initial races. It starts with a fast lap in a Corvette E-Ray being put through its paces at Maple Valley in a practice session.

We also get to see the 2023 Cadillac V-Series.R navigating the new fictional Japanese Hakone circuit as well as a full-grid race on the all-new Grand Oak Raceway.

Career mode

Judging from a recent gameplay demo, Forza Motorsport's career mode looks like a huge step up from previous games.

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 could bring back a sense of progression and achievement that's been missing in other racing game career modes - we're looking at you, GT7. Options to enable or disable penalties, damage and tyre wear will also allow for a fully customisable career mode experience.

These are all positive changes, but one aspect is frustrating fans: Forza Motorsport's career mode will require an online connection to progress like GT7.

Platforms

Forza Motorsport will be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It will also be playable on Xbox One through the Xbox Cloud Gaming included in Game Pass Ultimate.

However, there won't be a native Xbox One release due to the incredible detail and scale of the game.

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

Forza Motorsport will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox Series X and 1080p/60fps on Xbox Series S.

On Xbox Series X, there are three modes: Performance, Performance RT, and Visuals. Performance mode runs at 4K/60 FPS, while Performance RT offers ray-traced reflections at a dynamic 4K resolution and 60fps. Finally, Visuals mode runs the game at native 4K with ray tracing but at a reduced 30fps to optimise performance.

The less powerful Xbox Series X offers a quality mode at 4K/30fps, while Performance mode runs at a dynamic resolution and 60fps.

PC players will certainly be able to squeeze even more out of Forza Motorsport if they have the hardware to do it. If you're a PC Forza player, you can check out our recommended settings here.

The Xbox Series X version will not support 120 fps, however.

Editions

There will be three Forza Motorsport editions: Standard, Deluxe and Premium.

The Standard Edition just includes the Base Game, while the Deluxe Edition includes the obligatory Car Pass.

Forza Motorsport Editions
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Upgrading to the Premium Edition lets you play five days early from 5 October. The Premium Edition also includes the Race Day Car Pack DLC, Car Pass, VIP Membership and Welcome Pack.

You can also upgrade to the Premium Add-Ons Bundle to get early access and all other add-on content included in the Premium Edition.

AI and physics improvements

Forza Motorsport's improved AI and physics will provide more competitive racing and a more engaging driving experience. Forza Motorsport's AI drives more naturally than before without resorting to cheats, but can still make mistakes.

A comparison in June's Forza Monthly showed Forza Motorsport's AI setting a lap time 13 seconds faster than Forza Motorsport 7's.

Forza Motorsport screenshot Cadillac Racing V-Series.R and the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
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The tyre model is also upgraded from a 60 Hz refresh rate to 360 Hz, with a 48x improvement in tyre fidelity. This will make the cars feel much more realistic to drive.

It wasn't all good news, however. We also learned that Turn 10 has cut several features at launch including game modes, cars, and tracks.

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The track can get rubbered in and washed out with rain only for a dry line to appear, and temperatures fluctuate. All of which will impact your racing.

There will be in-race ray tracing, which is something Gran Turismo 7 doesn't offer, which is a real trump card for those who want visual realism.

Turn 10 has also created a damage model that includes dirt build-up based on airflow over the car and even paint flaking off in the proper direction after contact.

Car list

Forza Motorsport features more than 500 cars at launch, beating the 420-odd that Gran Turismo 7 initially offered.

This includes more than 100 that are new to the Motorsport series, which is great to see. While modern cars can be tricky to license, Turn 10 has added more recent models, classics, and thoroughbred racers.

Forza Motorsport car list
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Several new cars also make their Forza Motorsport debut including the Nissan 370Z Nismo and Audi RS E-Tron GT, to the Brabham BT62 and Koenigsegg Jesko. Gracing the cover are the 2023 No. 01 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R and the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray.

Both cover cars are seriously quick, with the Cadillac having competed in top-level endurance racing and the Corvette being the fastest car Chevrolet has ever produced.

You can view the full Forza Motorsport car list here.

Tracks

As for the tracks you can race these cars on, Forza Motorsport is launching with 20 environments. That's less than Forza Motorsport 7's launch track roster, but every track is rebuilt is rebuilt from the ground up using photogrammetry and 3D material scans.

Unlike Gran Turismo, every track has 24-hour dynamic time-of-day with weather and temperature changes affecting the surfaces, giving Forza Motorsport a huge advantage. The track can get rubbered in and washed out with rain only for a dry line to appear, impacting your racing.

Forza Motorsport track list
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One of the highlights in the Forza Motorsport track list is Kyalami, one of five new circuits making its series debut in Forza Motorsport. Given that the South Africa track is missing from a lot of the more popular racing titles this is a big win for Forza Motorsport. Other new tracks include the fictional Grand Oak Raceway, a tight and technical road course.

Sadly, the fan-favourite Nurburgring Nordschleife won't be available at launch, with the iconic German circuit to be added in spring 2024. More tracks will be added in free updates.

Multiplayer

Forza Motorsport's online multiplayer will feature a new 'Featured Multiplayer' race weekend structure with authentic qualifying, practice, and races. A driver safety rating system will also encourage clean and competitive racing.

First Forza Motorsport Multiplayer Details Revealed
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Unfortunately, Turn 10 also confirmed that Forza Motorsport won't have several legacy multiplayer features at launch including split-screen.

Wheel support

For players who want the most realistic racing experience, Forza Motorsport supports a wide range of wheel peripherals from Fanatec, HORI, Logitech, Moza, and Thrustmaster.

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You can view the full Forza Motorsport wheel support list and see our picks for the best wheels for Forza Motorsport.

Achievements

For achievement hunters, Forza Motorsport has 57 achievements to collect worth a total 1,000 GameScore.

You can view the full Forza Motorsport achievements list here.

Release date

Forza Motorsport launched on 10 October 2023. This was later than planned as the Forza reboot was originally slated for a Spring 2023 release.

Players who pre-ordered the Premium Edition got access five days earlier on 5 October 2023.

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