In 2023, it is expected that we finally see the release of the latest Forza Motorsport title. The first Motorsport title since 2017’s Forza Motorsport 7 and the first Forza game in general since 2021’s Forza Horizon 5,
Originally announced to be released in the Spring of 2023, in the most recent Xbox & Bethesda Developer_Direct showcase, that originally vague date was updated to just be even more vague, now encompassing the whole of the year of 2023.
Of course, Forza is an Xbox commodity, so we won’t be seeing it on PlayStation systems. It will be on Xbox and PC, however, and this is everything we know so far about the upcoming title.
WHAT IS FORZA MOTORSPORT?
Forza Motorsport is a simulation-style console racing game that encompasses a more professional style of motorsport racing. Fans may want to call this Forza Motorsport 8, but this is not the case. This is, in fact, a reboot of the entire series.
WHO IS DEVELOPING FORZA MOTORSPORT?
The upcoming Forza Motorsport title is once again being developed by Turn 10 Studios, the same team responsible for the rest of the Forza Motorsport titles from the first one released in 2005 up until Forza Motorsport 7 in 2017.
Turn 10 Studios is owned by Microsoft.
WHAT CARS WILL FORZA MOTORSPORT HAVE?
Forza Motorsport will contain over 500 cars with 800 unique upgrades at launch, with details as precise as the differing sounds made with each upgraded part included in the gameplay.
The cars that have been announced so far include a list of about 80 cars ranging among all different eras and types of racing automobiles. Many of these will be returning from previous Forza Motorsport titles, but ‘over 100’ will be new to the series.
Those cars announced include:
- 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
- 1989 Aston Martin #18 Aston Martin AMR1
- 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
- 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro
- 2016 Audi #17 Rotek Racing TT RS
- 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus
2018 Audi #44 R8 LMS GT3
- 2018 Audi TT RS
- 1991 BMW M3
- 2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
- 2018 BMW #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE
- 2019 Brabham BT62
- 2018 Bugatti Chiron
- 1970 Buick GSX
2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-V.R
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe
- 1969 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport 396
- 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
- 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 454
- 2015 Chevrolet #10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype
- 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- 2020 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing C8.R
- 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
- 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49
- 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
- 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
- 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
- 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
- 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
- 2005 Ford GT
- 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype
- 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans
- 2017 Ford GT
2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1
- 2020 Hyundai #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N
- 1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5
- 1988 Jaguar #1 Jaguar Racing XJR-9
- 1993 Jaguar XJ220
- 2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
- 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
- 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
- 2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
- 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO
- 1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
- 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- 1991 Mazda #55 Mazda 787B
- 2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86
- 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80
- 1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B
- 2013 McLaren P1
- 2018 McLaren Senna
- 1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9
- 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
- 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
- 1985 Nissan #83 GTP ZX-Turbo
- 1991 Nissan #23 Nissan R91CP
- 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO
- 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo
- 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35)
- 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
2017 Oreca #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07
- 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
- 1993 Peugeot #3 Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 EVO 1C
- 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
- 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
- 1970 Porsche #3 917 LH
1983 Porsche #11 John Fitzpatrick Racing 956
- 1987 Porsche #17 Porsche AG 962C
- 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
- 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
- 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR
- 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935
- 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
- 2021 Porsche 911 GT3
- 2021 Porsche Mission R
- 2015 Radical RXC Turbo
- 2004 Saleen S7
- 2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID
*Partial car list correct as of 7th March 2023. Cars that have been stricken through were originally on the car list but removed in an update from the devs on 2nd March.
WHAT TRACKS WILL FORZA MOTORSPORT HAVE?
There will be 20 “environments” in Forza Motorsport, and five of those will be brand new to the title. Each has either been remade, if it’s fictional, or re-laser-scanned if it’s a real-world venue.
It’s a bit weird to call it an environment as opposed to a track or venue, but we do know that some of the ones announced include:
- Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
- Suzuka Circuit
- Laguna Seca (which will include a 1960s layout)
- Maple Valley Raceway
- Circuit Hakone
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN FEATURES THAT FORZA MOTORSPORT WILL HAVE?
The new Forza Motorsport is set to overhaul the platform since its last release with Forza Motorsport 7. It will include things such as damage improvements with specified damage and dirt buildup, dynamic time of day which affects track grip, tire wear, fuel management and real-time ray tracing on the track.
All of the dynamic racing properties will ensure that “no two laps ever play the same” plus there will be other cool effects, such as “animated track life, physically based lighting and volumetric fog effects, and a fully procedural cloud system which evolves organically” which all leads to a more immersive experience.
The title is told to include an “incredible new online racing mode”, as well as a “car building-focused single-player career” mode.
All-new driving dynamics
It’s been promised that the handling mechanics, tire model and suspension systems have been rebuilt from the ground up for the new Forza Motorsport.
This, on paper, is good news, as the industry has moved on immeasurably since Forza Motorsport 7 – where using a steering wheel peripheral felt largely meaningless and tire behaviour not like-like.
“We’ve been working on making all of our simulation elements as realistic as possible,” Turn 10 Studios Creative Director Chris Esaki.
“Cars can be set up in line with our drift partners’ expectations.”
WHAT SYSTEMS WILL FORZA MOTORSPORT RELEASE ON?
When it does release, Forza Motorsport will be available to play on Xbox Series X|S consoles and on PC. It will not be released on Xbox One.
Will the new Forza Motorsport be on Game Pass?
Yes, the latest Forza Motorsport game will be part of a Game Pass subscription from the day it releases.
WHEN WILL FORZA MOTORSPORT RELEASE?
The new Forza Motorsport will release in 2023.
Back in June of 2022, it was said that Forza Motorsport would release in the Spring of 2023. Since then and very recently, that was updated to just say it will release in 2023 with no further clarification.
This could mean that it’s been pushed back to later in the year, but nothing else has been made official on it at this time.