“This May marked 15 years since we released the first Forza,” says Dan Greenwalt, creative director of the Forza franchise, via an Xbox blog post. “Over the years, we came to see Forza as a community centered around cars, competition, and creativity. As the Forza franchise has expanded, so has the importance of player-to-player connection and the immersion delivered through state-of-the-art realism. The Xbox Series X, with its focus on speed and power, provides us the opportunity to connect our players to the Forza universe, and to one another, like never before. It’s so exciting to start sharing our work with you.”
Greenwalt goes on to describe the upcoming Xbox Series X Forza game (which is currently only being referred to as Forza Motorsport), as being a “reimagining of the series.” It’s not quite clear what that will mean from a gameplay perspective as Greenwalt only notes that the team will be “taking what has made Forza Motorsport great over the past 15 years and pairing it with new game concepts and new technologies.”
Speaking of technologies, Greenwalt also says that the upcoming Xbox Series X title will benefit from ray tracing technology and is expected to run in 4K at 60fps. That last part is quite interesting as it’s been hinted elsewhere that Spider-Man: Miles Morales may require players to choose between ray tracing and 60fps/4K gameplay.
While it’s probably too early to start drawing definitive conclusions on those benchmarks, it does seem that the Forza team is aiming to offer all three in one package. If true, that would prove to be quite the accomplishment as well as the most impressive display of the Xbox Series X’ power that we’ve heard of to-date.
One thing that we can tell you is that the teaser trailer for Forza Motorsport on Xbox Series X (which at least seems to be a glorified tech demo) does suggest that the next Forza game is going to look stunning. Given how important visuals have been to this franchise over the years (especially compared to other titles) we’re interested to see what the Forza team does with next-gen hardware.
Speaking of which, be sure to check out the trailer for yourself:
Forza Motorsport is set to release for Xbox Series X, Windows 10 PC at a currently unknown date. When it is released, it will be available via Xbox Game Pass.