(Pocket-lint) – It’s been a long few years since Forza Motorsport 7, but we’re finally getting a proper return for Xbox’s premier racing simulator, ditching the numbers and getting back to the start with a simple title: Forza Motorsport.
We first learned about the game back in 2020 as part of Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox Series X and S, but things went quiet after that while Turn 10 released Forza Horizon 5. Now, Forza Motorsport is next in line, and we’ve got all the key details for you right here.
Forza Motorsport release date
While Forza Motorsport was unveiled with a beguiling trailer, we didn’t get a release date until two years later, in June 2022, when Xbox showed off the game a whole bunch more in its summer showcase.
This confirmed that Forza Motorsport will be coming out in Spring 2023, although we don’t have a precise date to circle in our diaries just yet.
Forza Motorsport platforms
Forza has always been a flagship franchise for Xbox, so it’s no surprise that the next game will be coming to Xbox Series X and Series S. It’ll also be available on PC, and for now that’s the sum total of its platforms.
As you’d expect from Xbox in its current push for the service, Forza Motorsport will debut straight onto both Xbox and PC Game Pass, ensuring that subscribers can play it at no extra cost.
The graphical features on show mean that an appearance on Xbox One (which hasn’t been officially mentioned) is unlikely, but you never know – this could end up being a cross-generational title.
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Forza Motorsport gameplay and graphics
From the fairly lengthy showcase that Xbox and Turn 10 Studios showed off in June 2022, it’s clear that Forza Motorsport is going to be a boundary-pusher when it comes to graphical fidelity.
The game looks absolutely astonishing and appears to be running in 4K at 60FPS, seemingly with ray-tracing enabled, which is a massively impressive set of boxes to be checking.
As the gameplay demo shows, the amount of detail in the tracks is amazing, and the reflective surfaces that cars bring with them make ray-tracing look as good as ever.
There’s a full dynamic time-of-day system that will let you race on every track in whatever lighting conditions you prefer, and things don’t stop at visuals. Turn 10 says its physics simulations are 48 times more accurate than in the last game, and this goes down to details like track temperature and even rubbering in the racing line.
Tire compounds haven’t really been a factor in Forza before, but they’re making their debut here, with multiple tire compounds to pick from to impact on your strategy in races (especially where pit stops are required), which will be music to the ears of hardcore racers.
Damage has gotten a major upgrade, although it still appears to be cosmetic-only, rather than anything that will actually impact how your car drives, and we can’t wait to see more of it in motion to get a sense of how the game might handle compared to both its predecessors and competition like Gran Turismo 7.
Forza Motorsport car list
While we don’t have a final list yet, Turn 10 has added a handy list of the cars that can be glimpsed in its trailers so far, so we know all of the following should be driveable in-game:
- 2018 Acura #36 Gradient Racing NSX GT3
- 2020 Acura #6 ARX-05 DPi
- 1958 Aston Martin DBR1
- 2017 Aston Martin Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 #7
- 2018 Audi #44 R8 LMS GT3
- 2021 Audi RS e-tron GT
- 2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
- 2018 BMW #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE
- 2019 Brabham BT62
- 2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-V.R
- 1966 Chaparral #66 Chaparral Cars 2E
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe
- 2020 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing C8.R
- 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupé
- 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
- 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
- 1967 Eagle-Weslake T1G
- 1967 Ferrari #24 Ferrari Spa 330 P4
- 1966 Ford #2 GT40 Mk II Le Mans
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
- 2018 Formula Drift #64 Nissan 370Z
- 2020 Formula Drift #151 Toyota GR Supra
- 2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1
- 1967 Honda RA300
- 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko
- 2018 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Huracán Super Trofeo Evo
- 2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO
- 1991 Mazda #55 Mazda 787B
- 1966 McLaren M2B
- 2019 McLaren Senna GTR
- 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT3
- 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
- 2016 NIO EP9
- 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo
- 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35)
- 2017 Porsche #911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR
- 2021 Porsche 911 GT3
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.