The eighth instalment of the Forza Motorsport series promises 4K resolution and ray tracing when it was shown in the broadcast of the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase along with the first expansion for Forza Horizon 5.
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The famed Xbox console racing title has been around since 2005. It has become a titan of the circuit racing game world. The most recent instalment of the Forza Motorsport released all the way back in 2017. Teased in July 2020, what most people assumed was Forza Motorsport 8 would have a late 2022 release.
During the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, it was confirmed that the new Forza Motorsport game would not feature a corresponding number in its title. In what is being seen as a soft reboot for the franchise, the new game has been given a rough estimate release period of Spring 2023.
What’s New for Forza Motorsport?
Plenty was shown in the trailer and in a official gameplay demo video. There was the BMW M8 and Corvette C8.R GTE cars, the Daytona Prototype International cars from Acura and Cadillac and also the Nissan 370Z and Toyota Supra from the Formula Drift series.
But in a blog post by Turn 10, they also confirmed the inclusion of many other iconic cars. Such examples include the Koenigsegg Jesko and the Brabham BT62. But perhaps the headline feature is the dynamic time system.
The dynamic time of day system will be available on every track and will change a car’s behaviour due to surface temps. The cars will also be affected by track evolution and weather. Players can also expect overhauled driving physics, real-time ray tracing and a new advanced damage model.
Also featured in the trailer was Maple Valley Speedway, a fan favourite Forza original circuit, as well as old real-world favourites like Spa-Francorchamps and Laguna Seca. Another famed real world track that will be making its Forza debut is Kyalami in South Africa.
To find out more, the Forza blog post can be read here.
Hot Wheels content in Forza Horizon 5
The open world sibling of the track-focused Motorsport games had its fifth inclusion of the series release in November 2021. Developers of Forza Horizon Playground Games have just confirmed that the first expansion pack will be releasing July 19th.
That expansion pack being a continuation of the Forza series’ partnership with Hot Wheels. They debuted in an expansion pack for Forza Motorsport 6. Hot Wheels content were also added to Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Horizon 4.
Some of the Hot Wheels cars that players can find with the expansion pack include the COPA Camaro, the Baja Bone Shaker, the Bad to the Blade and Deora II. However, eagle-eyed players can spot a couple of the Hot Wheels cars from Forza Horizon 4. These cars being the Nash, 2JetZ and Ford F-5 Dually Custom Hot Rod.
Other cars confirmed to be coming include the Brabham BT62, Italdesign DaVinci, Mosler MT900 GT3, Subaru WRX STI ARX Supercar, Sierra Cars #23 Yokohama ALPHA and Hennessey Venom F5. There will also be new biomes to explore named Forest Falls, Giant’s Canyon and Ice Cauldron. The new biomes will send players to maps with extreme conditions competing in the likes of lava and deep snow.
The Horizon Nexus which is where the main Hot Wheels festival will be based within the new area, the Horizon Hot Wheels Park. All around will be 125 miles of scaled up Hot Wheels track.
To access the content, the expansion costs $19.99 for players who own the standard edition of the game. But it’s included already for players who own Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, Premium Add-ons Bundle or the Expansions Bundle. Players who own the pack will need to play the first 15 minutes of the game before unlocking the content in-game.
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