The new Forza Motorsport is alive and kicking and a new presentation showed a wide range of vehicles, a dynamic time of day system and ray tracing ahead of its 2023 release.
For the first time since July 2020, the all-new franchise reboot, Forza Motorsport has been shown once again, and its tentative release date is Spring 2023.
Following pre-event predictions, during the Xbox+ Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 on June 12, an all-new “4K in-game” trailer revealed action outside of Laguna Seca’s simple workshop and Corkscrew corner.
In it you can see many close battles. Two main takeaways are a dynamic new time of day system and the wide variety of cars.
There are the GTE-spec Chevrolet Corvette C8, IMSA Cadillac and Acura prototypes, the classic Chaparell 2E race car and a Nissan GT-R Nismo. There were also official Formula Drift cars, analogous to Forza Horizon 5. We’ll get to those soon with a full breakdown.
Vehicle damage improvements
Vehicle damage was also on display, and while no wheels fell off or panels were chipped, it looks like the Corvette’s panels could be visibly scratched and dented.
An accident involving an Audi R8 was also shown during the presentation showing similar damage.
Dynamic time of day affects track grip
Maple Valley Raceway, a site featured in all seven Forza Motorsport games so far, is also included. It was redone with “photogrammetry and 3D material scans” according to developer Turn 10 Studios Creative Director Chris Esaki.
A big part of the eye-opener was the visual fidelity displayed in this classic Forza location. This is where we were shown the changing time of day, sped up, to show the changing cloud cover and shadows. This is said to be available on all tracks.
Weather changes are also said to “alter ambient temperatures, which affects tire surface temperatures.” Grip is also said to be affected by temperature changes and track rubbering – the effect of tire wear on the surface.
Tire wear and fuel management
Something sorely missing from the Forza Motosport series to date – which was in stark contrast to the game’s more serious focus over the Horizon games – was tire wear, fuel management, and various compounds. of tires, all present in all major racing simulators.
This will now be fixed with the new Forza Motosport. Thank God!
Real-time ray tracing on track
While Forza Horizon 5 features ray tracing in FORZAVISTA alone, Forza Motosport also aims to use lighting technology on the track. Specifications of devices capable of handling it and the exact circumstances under which it is used have yet to be revealed.
Car inspection ray tracing in the pit lane and a scene of a Ferrari reflecting on a Nissan showed it in action. When paused, however, the reflection detail at this point seemed to be remarkably low.
For now, most of the footage revealed in the presentation and trailer appears to be a mixture of in-engine footage and minimal gameplay. With a year to go until launch, we hope to see more on-track footage and we’ll let you know when it’s featured.
Forza Motorsport release date
The new Forza Motorsport game will be released in the spring of 2023.
Is the new Forza Motorsport on Game Pass?
Yes, when the new Forza Motorsport launches, it will be on console and PC Game Pass from day one.