Forza Motorsport: the Xbox One X racer previewed

Published: 13 August 2020

► Popular racing series set for re-launch
► 4K, 60FPS and ray tracing…
► But you’ll have to wait for it

The official announcement trailer for the new Forza Motorsport game has landed and it looks rather promising. Choosing to ditch the number in the title (this would have been ‘8’ – for those keeping track), Turn 10 Studios are promised a reboot of sorts for the hugely popular series, going back to its core motorsport principles. We like.

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4K resolution, 60FPS and ray tracing

We’ve not seen any gameplay footage as yet, but the minute-long trailer released at the end of July delivers what can only be described as some truly gorgeous graphics – all of which were taken ‘in-engine’ – meaning they should be representative of the final game. Laguna Seca – or rather, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – appears to have been lovingly recreated with painstaking detail, while car models benefit from a full life-like recreation both inside and out. 

4K resolution, 60FPS and ray tracing have all been announced, meaning the new title should showcase what the Xbox Series X is capable of right from the word go.

Vast array of cars and tracks expected

No official word yet on exactly how many cars and tracks you’ll be able to drive, but if previous games are anything to go by we’re unlikely to be disappointed. The official trailer reveals precious little, but we can see the Apollo Intensa Emozione, Chaparral 2E, Donkervoort D8, Mazda Lola B12/80 and BAC Mono at Laguna Seca. An eclectic mix by anyone’s standards.

When is the release date?

Looks like you’re going to have to wait, sadly. Turn 10 say the game is in early development and there’s sign of it coming to Xbox One. So, count on a Xbox Series X only release at some point in either 2021 or 2022.

By James Dennison

Head of automotive video for CAR magazine and our sister website