5 big things Xbox Games Showcase could unveil for Forza 8

Forza 8 announcements to expect at Xbox Games Showcase

Published: 21/Jul/2020 12:05 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:32

by David Purcell


Roaring engines, screeching tires, and whistling wind is all a part of the Forza Motorsport experience – and we’re expecting big things from the Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, 2020.

Microsoft’s exclusive car racing franchise is broken up into two types of title, Horizon (which is an open world take on things) and the track-based Forza Motorsport series, which will have a brand new installment some time in the near future.

With so much talk already surrounding Sony’s Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 5, this month’s event from Xbox is going to have to pull out all of the stops. Usually, new content would be revealed in front of a live audience during the E3 trade fair, although this year many audience-based events have been forced to cancel due to the current global situation.

Anyway, let’s jump into the big things developers may show us during the presentation.

Forza 8 reveal trailer

Forza 7 gameplay shot
A new action-packed trailer is expected to drop during the event.

If there’s one thing Xbox does just about better than anyone else, it’s car trailers.

Year after year the Forza trailers have been a thing of beauty, and now that we’re pretty light on details for the upcoming game, a reveal trailer looks to be on the cards.

Forza 8 release date

One thing we don’t yet know is the Forza 8 release date, and there’s a chance this year it will stray away from the typical launch window we’ve come to expect.

In recent years, these games have been coming out around late September or early October time, although this year Xbox have thrown a spanner in the works with their “Holiday release” of the Xbox Series X.

Could this mean we see Forza pushed back a bit to around February 2021? We should find out during this event.

New cars for Forza 8

Ford GT 2020
The Ford GT 2020 model is just one of many new vehicles fans should expect to see in Forza 8.

The Forza Motorsport selection of vehicles will usually comprise almost every manufacturer you could name off the top of your head. Porsche? They’ve got it. Ferrari? Of course. How about a Peel P50? Don’t tempt them, it’s happened before today.

This time around, we would expect to see a few of the newest and fastest cars on the market today appear in the trailer. These may include the sensational McLaren 720S, the Ferrari F8 Tributo, or something like the brand-spanking Ford GT 2020 model – as seen in a video review from influencer SuperCarBlondie.

No doubt, these three and many more will be included in the game. Hopefully, we’ll see them gliding across the tarmac in the presentation as well.

Forza 8’s next-gen experience

Xbox Series X
The Xbox Series X will no doubt bring better graphics, and that can only be a good thing for Forza 8.

Microsoft have already confirmed that they won’t force their players to jump up to next-gen to enjoy fresh releases. In fact, by bundling together the Game Pass and xCloud streaming as of September this year, all new releases will roll out on Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and Forza is included in that.

That being said, just like we’ve seen from PlayStation with their FIFA 21 and Madden 21 trailers, a first-look at next-gen graphics looks to be a shoo-in for this event.

New racing mechanics, more realistic gameplay, additional features, more content packed into the game, and much more is expected to be announced soon – and we’ll let you know everything that gets confirmed once the dust has settled on Xbox Games Showcase this July.

Hopefully, all of these things are checked off soon enough.


Weird Forza Horizon 4 bug is giving players easy wins

Published: 26/Nov/2020 17:15

by Kieran Bicknell


Forza Horizon 4 is the game that keeps on delivering, but unfortunately, it’s not always good news. One player in particular seems to have found an unusual bug that is ‘eating’ AI players.

The open-world game of Forza Horizon 4 lets players live out their automotive dreams like never before. Between the streets of a virtual Edinburgh to a recreation of quaint English villages, players are able to tear around a miniaturized version of England in almost any car they can think of.

Unfortunately, sometimes the open-world game that players love fights back, causing unusual bugs and glitches. Thankfully, most are harmless, such as this unusual (and frankly hilarious) AI bug that was posted to Reddit.

Forza Horizon 4 checkpoint AI bug
Reddit: U/Jurassic_Gaming57
The bug seems to occur when passing through a specific checkpoint during the race.

Forza Horizon 4 AI checkpoint bug

The bug itself appears to occur part-way through one of the biggest races in the game – the aptly-named ‘Goliath.’

Posting to the r/ForzaHorizon subreddit, player Jurassic_Gaming57 shows the bug in full effect, thanks to a screen-captured video.

On lap 3/10, the AI cars in front of the player pass through a checkpoint, then appear to simply vanish into thin air.

While this is weird enough on its own, what happens next is the strangest part of the bug.

In an unusual ‘black hole’ style situation, the cars that vanished then re-appear behind the player, seemingly caught in an endless cycle of looping back-and-forth through the checkpoint.

Has anyone else found this issue on the Goliath? The AI just keep looping through the checkpoint. from r/ForzaHorizon

To make matters worse, it would seem this is not an isolated incident. According to Redditors in the comment section, other players have experienced similar situations, though this one does appear to be a strange example:

“Never seen it on a simple circuit like this. I’ve played some races with a lot of criss-cross paths that totally freak out the AI so there are only 1 or 2 on the lead lap.”

It turns out that the issue may be caused by the AI getting confused by the number of vehicle ‘paths’ on the circuit. Whatever it is, it’s certainly an easy win for this player.