Forza Motorsport is one of a handful of big Xbox exclusives for 2023, and the racing sim’s developers talk a big game from dynamic weather and changing track temperatures to minute details like how dirt accumulates on your car over the course of each lap.
“Damage and dirt build-up is unique to each car,” said Gabriel Garcia, Art Director of the Turn 10 car, during today’s event Xbox Developer Direct live stream. “It’s now context-sensitive and more localized. We simulate paint thickness, chipping and directionality. The accumulation of dirt is more realistic and collects in the low pressure areas like depressions and niches. These innovations tell the story of the work you put into a race and reflect the marks and scars of motorsport.”
Throughout the presentation, Garcia and other Turn 10 developers proudly ticked off a number of other granular improvements to the eighth game in the series, including but not limited to:
- dynamic time of day and weather effects
- Track temperatures that change with each lap
- Better reflections thanks to an in-game spectrophotometer
- Vegetation and overgrowth with 10 times more detail
- regional route speakers
- more realistic suspension, exhaust and turbo audio
When you zoom back out, the overall game features over 500 cars, 800 unique upgrades, and 20 environments, each with multiple track layouts, including the series’ first-ever South African circuit, Kyalami. Turn 10’s message culminated in the impressive-sounding but ultimately unquantifiable claim Forza MotorsportThe physics engine offers a bigger leap forward than the last three previous games combined.
It certainly sounds like the game will take advantage of the new-gen Xbox Series X hardware in a way that existing first-party exclusives haven’t done before. And it should—Forza Motorsport appears three years after the launch of the console and six years after the last game in the series. Hopefully it learns from it PlayStation 5 Gran Turismo and doesn’t let tricky in-game progression and monetization overshadow the simulation elements when it arrives sometime before the end of 2023.
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