When is Forza Motorsport 8 coming out? Release date, next-gen, more

by David Purcell
Graphics: Microsoft


The next Forza game promises to be a good one, on the back of Horizon 4's success, so let's take a look at when it's likely to come out as well as everything we know about Forza Motorsport 8 so far. 

As regular players of the popular car 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 different open-world experience. Turn 10 Studios develop the mainline games, while Playground Games lead the charge on the Horizon front.

In 2020, as expected, the series returns with another installment of Forza Motorsport, the eighth of its kind. 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.

Previous Forza Motorsport games have taken drivers all around the world. Forza 8 track details, however, are yet to be confirmed.


When is the next Forza game coming out?

If you're used to taking the wheel in Microsoft Studios' wildly popular racing game already, you will know that Forza Motorsport 8 is the confirmed name of the developers' next project and may be released at a similar time to normal.

Typically, Forza games are released at the back end of September, with Horizon 4 released on September 28, 2019, and its predecessor – Motorsport 7 – coming slightly later with an October 3 launch in 2017.

There's a strong chance that this schedule remains with the next game.

Forza Motorsport 7 was released back in October 2017, and sold over 1.22 million units.


Will Forza Motorsport 8 be on next gen?

While nothing has been confirmed so far in terms of a release date, there is one thing we do know – the next generation of video game consoles is on the horizon.

A brand new Xbox Series X console will be launched for the "holiday" season this year , which will no doubt coincide with the release of Forza as it did when the Xbox One was first revealed. Forza Motorsport 5, back in 2013, was one of the first games released on the platform. It wouldn't be too surprising to see the same happen again this time around.

The Xbox One Series X is coming soon, but will Forza 8 be released on it?


Forza Motorsport usually comes at E3

If there was one thing we thought we knew, it's that when the Xbox team takes the stage at the E3 trade fair, with the big lights fading and a screen waiting for something to play, there's usually an engine roaring every time.

Usually we would say a trailer will be shown off at the event, as is tradition for Microsoft Studios – the game's publisher. Back in 2018, the following Forza Horizon 4 trailer was played at the presser.

However, with E3 canceled due to the current global situation, it remains to be seen as to what Xbox will have in store.

All major developers are expected to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and others, who have simply decided to host online conferences during these uncertain times, as seen with Inside Xbox this April. If something like that transpires, it's more than likely going to shed some light on Forza 8.


The annual conference, bringing together developers and fans from almost every corner of the industry, was set to take place between June 9 and June 11. With that said, it was impossible for E3 to take place during the crisis.

Once we have more information, we will update this article accordingly. Until then, you can keep roaring around racetracks in Forza Horizon 3 and playing your way the events.