Forza Motorsport for Xbox Series X: Features, game engine & everything we know

Forza Motorsport 8Graphics: Microsoft

The eighth installment of the Forza Motorsport franchise is a highly anticipated release that’s riding high on the back of Horizon 5‘s excellent reception. This is everything we know about the upcoming racing title so far, including the latest leaks and rumors.

As regular players of the popular racing game will know already, the franchise splits its new titles into two different types, with the Motorsport collection focusing on track races and Horizon offering a much more ‘sandbox’ open-world experience.

While Playground Games develop the Horizon games, Turn 10 Studios lead the charge on the Motorsport front. Branded as a reboot of sorts, the game is not titled ‘Forza Motorsport 8’ as many expected.

If there’s one thing that we know for certain already, it’s that the trailers and in-game graphics will be top of the range, but there’s a lot more to expect than just that.


Forza Motorsport gameplayMicrosoft
Previous Forza Motorsport games have taken drivers all around the world. Forza Motorsport 8 details, however, are still limited.

Is there a Forza Motorsport release date?

There is no concrete release date yet for the game, but the studio has confirmed that the title will launch in Spring 2023.

This is quite the contrary to the previous Forza games as they were released at the back end of September, with Horizon 4 released on September 28, 2018, and its predecessor – Motorsport 7 – coming slightly later with an October 3 launch in 2017.

In Forza Horizon 5’s case, though, that title arrived on November 9, 2021.

Forza Motorsport latest news and leaks

Forza Motorsport 7 no longer available – September 15, 2021

Forza Motorsport relies on licensing agreements with cars, tracks, and plenty more, and those agreements for Forza Motorsport 7 expired in September 2021.

Sadly, that means the seventh game in the series is no longer available for purchase.

Forza Motorsport closed test – April 21, 2021

In an interview posted on Forza’s Twitter, Creative director Chris Esaki stated that a new closed test – which players can apply to sign up for by joining the Forza panel – marks “a new phase” of the title’s development. This will allow players to try part of the upcoming game early.

“The new news is today we will soon be able to share to our people in our Forza panel, they will actually be able to get their hands on a part of our new Forza Motorsport game,” also stating that this type of testing will continue going forward.

This information was shared earlier in April, and the official Twitter confirmed that the first round of invites had gone out, so this is incredibly exciting.

Forza Motorsport trailer

So far two trailers for the upcoming Forza title have been released online. The initial announcement trailer was shared via the official Xbox YouTube channel on July 23, 2021.

The most recent trailer was revealed at the Summer Game Fest on July 12, 2022, and was followed up with a stunning gameplay demo that detailed the returning fictional circuit Maple Valley. The footage utilizes full ray tracing and a time dynamic feature that results in some incredible graphics.

You can check out all the trailers below:

Forza Motorsport platforms

While nothing has been confirmed so far in terms of a release date, there is one thing we do know – what platforms the game will release on.

Xbox Series S and X Forza

Forza Motorsport will indeed be available on Xbox Series X, Series S, and PC, but in traditional Forza style, it will not feature on the Playstation platform.

Latest news

The trailer at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase gave us a great idea of some of the upcoming content. The entire gameplay shown in the trailer was captured in-game at 4K resolution and brings back a handful of fan-favorite maps and tracks.

Maple Valley (last seen in 2005’s Motorsport game), along with Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and Laguna Seca Raceway is set to return with the launch of Forza Motorsport 8. Two new tracks namely Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (a South African track) and Circuit Hakone (an original, high-speed Grand Prix circuit set in Japan) will also debut in the Spring 2023 title.

On top of that, every track in the game will come to life with a fully dynamic time-of-the-day system being implemented, revealing stunning details. Ambient temperatures will affect the track surface temperatures which will further affect the grip of your cars.

Xbox also overhauled the entire driving experience with a significant improvement in the game’s physics simulation. New features like tire and fuel management, multiple tire compounds, ray tracing shaders, and new in-depth car building will bring out your ultimate inner racer.

You’d also be able to show off your Car Damage as the system has been made more realistic and authentic in the new Motorsport.

New Features

In one of the most well-publicized leaks yet, it seems that Forza Motorsport will be built on an all-new game engine; Unreal Engine 5. If the rumors reported by XboxMag.Net (in French) are correct, it could shake things up considerably for both future Motorsport and Horizon games.

The inclusion of off-road racing in the upcoming Motorsport game is said to be a particular benefactor of this new game engine. Back in 2020, IdleSoth also leaked a slew of new features that they slated to feature. These need to be taken with a grain of salt, though, as the leak details a release date of ‘February 2021’, which we’ve now passed.

Some of the rumored features that are slated to appear are:

  • Atmosphere pressure systems that will affect air density, dynamics, and power.
  • Day and night cycles for each track depending on the track itself and the length of a track.
  • Dynamic track temperatures.
  • Expanded race capacity.
  • Heat interaction with tire pressure.
  • New integrated online ghosting system.
  • New Ranked online system.
  • Off-road racing (land or gravel).

Next-gen graphics

It has been confirmed that Forza Motorsport will feature ray tracing, as confirmed by creative director Chris Esaki. He has also stated that players will be able to enjoy impressive visuals across all tracks, games, and environments in the upcoming Forza Motorsport game.

Gameplay ScreenshotYouTube: Xbox
The next installment in the Forza Motorsport series will benefit from a number of graphics updates.

In addition to this, Turn 10 studio architect Chris Tector gave us an insight into how Forza Motorsport will take advantage of the Xbox Series X hardware during an interview with Engadget:

With the wheels, we no longer have to compromise with those approximations, because they would always end up with this really flat lighting, or there wouldn’t be enough light interaction between the wheel and the brake discs and the fender. It’s a big, complicated, tight space in there, and now, we’re able to actually get a very realistic look to that wheel.”

Prior to the inclusion of onboard ray tracing in the next-gen consoles, Tector said that developers used to mimic lighting effects instead of implementing them fully, utilizing tools such as cube maps and static textures.

What resolution will Forza Motorsport run at?

Turn 10 studios have promised that players can expect the new iteration of the series to run at a silky-smooth 4k/60fps.

New Forza Motorsport cars and tracks

As it is still early days in the development of the game, we have yet to receive a full car or tracklist. That having been said, there have been some obvious inclusions that we can see from the trailers.

You can read our ongoing list of confirmed cars for the new Forza Motorsport here.

The Laguna Seca circuit has been confirmed for the upcoming game.YouTube: Xbox
Fan-favorite circuit Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca appears to be a confirmed part of the track lineup.

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca is an obvious inclusion as this is where the majority of the release trailer is ‘filmed’. Maple Valley Raceway has also been seen in a number of playtests, seemingly confirming its inclusion in the upcoming Forza Motorsport game.

A ‘complete reboot’ of the Forza Motorsport series

With the release date for Forza Motorsport being anywhere from a few months to nearly half a year away depending on which rumors you believe, there have been leaks about new features to expect in the game.

Forza is clearly aiming to go back to its motorsport roots with Forza Motorsport. Stripping the number from the title makes it clear that this is a complete series reboot.

Career Mode

Details on a Career Mode for Motorsport are incredibly light. If Idle Sloth is to be believed with their feature leaks, however, players will get a mode akin to Need For Speed, with “character cinematics and a full-blown storyline.”

What do we know about Forza Motorsport gameplay?

Features such as dynamic track and tire temperatures have been circulating the rumor mill. This means that tracks will get gradually ‘rubberized’ lap-by-lap as cars pass over and deposit sticky rubber from their tires. This in turn will increase the grip of the track on the racing line.

In a world-first for the Forza Motorsport series of games, rallying and off-road races are set to be included. SUVs and off-road vehicles are also meant to play a pivotal part in this area of the game. Race sizes are also set to be increased, which would make NASCAR significantly more realistic.

Do we know anything about Forza Motorsport online multiplayer?

While details on the multiplayer for the new Forza Motorsport are slim, it will be competing with the likes of Gran Turismo, Project Cars 3, and Assetto Corsa Competizione. Because of this, it is likely that the online multiplayer system will also receive a thorough overhaul.

Forza Motorsport Laguna Seca ActionYouTube: Xbox
Online multiplayer is likely to get an overhaul to keep in line with that of competitor games.

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