It’s become a bit of a joke in the industry when it comes to Microsoft releasing a Forza game for the Xbox One and Windows format every year. Every alternate year you can expect the Forza Motorsport franchise, followed by Forza Horizon. In 2019 you should not expect a new Forza game at all. The developers are instead going to completely overhaul their current game.
It’s no secret that Forza Motorsport 7 never lived up to expectations. Something was missing from the once great simulation racing game and Turn 10 Studios has taken the criticism to heart. Microsoft has granted them the ‘great gift of time’, which means they can now use their time to fix all the wrongs in the game. They also point out that the Project Cars series is doing simulation right:
Forza fundamentals, as described by Chris Esaki, Creative Director of Turn 10, are the things you’d typically associate with a motorsport game like Forza Motorsport 7. These include the overall racing and drifting experience, as well as nitty-gritty areas like the physics, handling, suspension and collision systems. With Forza Motorsport 7, Esaki mentioned that the team received a lot of criticism at this stage of the franchise – and the motorsport team takes that to heart. Esaki also noted how other games that don’t have motorsport in the name might have more features associated with motorsport that aren’t in Forza.
Here is what they plan to do:
Esaki believes the fundamentals of Forza Motorsport 7 “need to get stronger.” That means re-establishing authority around all the different vehicle dynamics in the game, as well as track layers, collision systems, the core multiplayer experience, AI, and so forth. The things that are fundamental to what motorsport is, and that is exactly what Turn 10 is investing heavily into today. “We love racing, we are a motorsport team,” Esaki stressed during the broadcast.
This is great news to us, as our review indicated that Turn 10 Studios got influenced by the success of Forza Horizon 3 and moved away from what made the Motorsport series so immensely fantastic.
You can watch the official Forza Monthly stream below detailing it all: