Forza Motorsport December Update Hockenheim Motodrom
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Forza Motorsport December Update Adds Hockenheimring

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The Forza Motorsport December Update closes out 2023 with a new circuit: The Hockenheimring is joining the track roster on December 12, bringing a few fixes to the game as well. One important bug still remains, however.

Forza Motorsport players are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in Spring of 2024. Meanwhile, though, another classic German circuit joins the fray. The Hockenheimring is the 22nd location in the game, after Yas Marina had been added in November.

The track comes in its modern layout, of course, which has remained unchanged since 2002. Before that, cars would blast down mighty straights in the forest – a configuration many still miss to this day. In addition to the modern GP layout, the National and Short Circuits will also be available as of the Forza Motorsport December Update.

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Forza Motorsport December Update: Bug Fixes

The update also comes with several bug fixes, althogh one major annoyance many players face will remain for now. Initially, it was planned to have a fix for input layouts resetting to default when relaunching the game shipped with the update – this had to be postponed. The explanation on the Forza website reads: “While we intended to release this improvement as part of Update 3, we have realized that additional time to implement and test the fix is required.”

You can find the full list of fixes that did make it into the update below.

  • Fixed issue in which the Driver Level visually appeared to reset to Level 1 after downloading Update 2 and entering Test Drive in Free Play.
  • Rebalanced the impact on front and rear downforce when being drafted by another car.
  • Fixed issue which allowed players to sell their Builders Cup reward cars, preventing them from reobtaining the cars and completing their associated Reward Showcases.

PC-only Improvements

  • Stability and performance are improved on lower spec PCs.
  • Fixed various random crashes in multiplayer races specifically on PCs with AMD GPUs.
  • Reduced the occurrence of a bug where the track or other objects becomes invisible while racing.

The Forza Motorsport December Update also introduces four new Featured Tours. The first one starts on December 14, with the last one seeing the green light on January 4. All four Featured Tours focus on modern supercars or hypercars. Completing them all rewards players with the 2022 Pagani Huayra R.

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For career mode, the British Marques Open Tour makes its debut. Meanwhile, Featured Multiplayer series include three race car-focused events. They will run for a week each, starting December 14.

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Additional, new Featured Rivals Events will be available starting December 14. The first puts the new addition of the Hockenheimring in the spotlight. Find the full Rivals calendar below.

EventCarTrackDate
Featured Track – Hockenheim2021 Mercedes-AMG OneHockenheim – Full CircuitDecember 14 – January 18
VIP – Nocturnal Predator2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé Forza EditionKyalami – GP CircuitDecember 14 – January 18
Spotlight – Automobili2020 Automobili Pininfarina BattistaMugello – Full CircuitDecember 14 – 21
Spotlight – Ferrari2022 Ferrari 296 GTBWatkins Glen – Short CircuitDecember 21 – 28
Spotlight – McLaren2021 McLaren SabreNürburgring – Sprint CircuitDecember 28 – January 4
Spotlight – Aston Martin2023 Aston Martin ValkyrieSilverstone – Grand Prix CircuitJanuary 4 – 11

Update 3 Drops December 12

The Forza Motorsport December Update launches on December 12. The full release notes post also mentions the following update to come in mid-January. Hopefully, players then will no longer have to worry about their control layouts being reset automatically anymore.

For the competitive Forza racers, the update also prepares the game for round 2 of the Logitech McLaren G Challenge Time Trials. Stage #2 will be active until January 18. You can access it and try your hand at the competition via the Rivals Mode!

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