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The All-New Forza Motorsport is the Most Technically Advanced Racing Game Ever Made

June 12, 2022 - Chris Esaki, Creative Director of Forza Motorsport, Turn 10 Studios

Editor’s Note: We incorrectly stated that the Forza Motorsport demo was captured in-game on Xbox Series X. The demo was captured in-game on PC, and also tested on Xbox Series X for the same visual quality output. We have corrected* this in the article.

Here at Turn 10 Studios, our team is building the next generation of Forza Motorsport to immerse you in the spectacle of racing like you’ve never seen it before. Today, at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we went under the hood to share what we’ve been working on.

Coming in spring 2023, Forza Motorsport has been built from the ground up to showcase the Xbox Series X|S consoles. The accuracy of our overhauled physics, the beauty of our cars and tracks, our new dynamic time of day, advanced car damage, and real time ray tracing on track lead to a generational leap in immersion. Forza Motorsport is the most technically advanced racing game ever made.

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Captured in-game*, we unveiled a brand-new trailer which debuted alongside the first ever gameplay of Forza Motorsport, showcasing how Maple Valley – a beloved, fan-favorite track since the very first Motorsport game launched in 2005 – is being brought to life in stunning detail and beauty.

In addition to Maple Valley, our trailer introduced players to returning fan-favorite tracks Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Laguna Seca Raceway. We also revealed Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, a South African track making its Forza Motorsport debut, and the all-new Circuit Hakone set in Japan, an original, high-speed Grand Prix circuit built to showcase the technically advanced, state of the art immersion of the new Forza Motorsport.

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Fundamental to Forza Motorsport is our fully dynamic time of day system, which brings tracks to life in stunning detail and like weather, it will be available on every track. Changes in time of day alter ambient temperatures, which, in turn, impacts the track surface temperatures. These track temperature changes will affect the grip of your car, as does rubbering in and weather. These new simulation details add further depth, drama, and dynamics to the racing experience.

Environments have been captured using photogrammetry and 3D material scans while advanced rendering and procedural generation techniques bring a new level of realism to the track. The grass, rocks, 3D vegetation, skies and clouds illustrate a generational leap in beauty and detail while forward+ lighting and physically based lights come together to deepen the realism and immersion in our Motorsport world, highlighted by the night-time glow of Maple Valley’s Ferris wheel.

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We've completely overhauled the core driving experience to take advantage of the power of the Xbox Series consoles. This includes a 48 times improvement in the fidelity of our physics simulation. Based on your feedback, we’ve introduced new features like tire and fuel management, multiple tire compounds, and new in-depth car building to create the ultimate racing playset. This is all brought to life at the trackside pits, where advanced materials and shaders paired with ray tracing bring out incredible detail in the gold heat wrap, anodized aluminum, and carbon fiber. Ray tracing especially shines on engine bays with their complex self-reflection.

In Forza Motorsport, car damage is reproduced down to the individual scratches on the bodywork. There are all-new simulation details in the directionality of damage, how the paint peels away at exposed and raised edges, in the wheel abrasions, and in the dirt build-up. Car damage is a racing reality and has been authentically captured in the new Forza Motorsport.

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Here’s a snapshot of the cars in our trailer and gameplay video:

  • 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

Watch the Forza Motorsport gameplay video to experience a one-shot gameplay demo at speed featuring the natural beauty and fall colors of Maple Valley while behind the wheel of the 2018 BMW #1 M8 GTE. You’ll see how with the power of Xbox Series X|S consoles, real-time ray tracing on track makes everything feel more connected, natural and real as cars reflect onto other cars – reflecting in their own mirrors, bodywork, wings and brake rotors.

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This is the all-new Forza Motorsport. Tune into Forza Monthly this Thursday, June 16 on our official Twitch and YouTube channels when Forza Motorsport Creative Director Chris Esaki will dive into what you see in the trailer.