Forza Motorsport adds Yas Marina Circuit in November, is an “evolving racing platform”

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The first post-release content has been announced for the upcoming new Forza Motorsport game, as part of ‘monthly’ updates.
Forza Motorsport adds Yas Marina Circuit in November, is an evolving racing platform

Seemingly learning a lesson from Playground Games’ successful Festival Playlist within the Forza Horizon series, the upcoming Forza Motorsport reboot will feature monthly content-adding updates.

As a way of keeping players engaged and presumably subscribing to Games Pass for longer, Forza Motorsport will feature a selection of new content – which could include a combination of new cars, tracks, career tours and online events – each and every month for the foreseeable future.

Arch nemesis Gran Turismo 7, and prior to that GT Sport, implements a similar monthly update system, which helps feed into the Sport Mode ranked races, time trials and single-player races.

Developer Turn 10 Studios has stated that Forza Motorsport will “continue to grow over time” and that it’s been built to be ” an evolving racing platform.”

Fresh tracks

Of note, the Yas Marina circuit, arriving sometime in November 2023, will include the revised layout first seen in 2021, which is unlike Spa-Francorchamps which must make do with the pre-2022 version.

The Abu Dhabi venue is known for holding a yearly Formula 1 race, and the ability to hold races during the nighttime when the track’s hotel lights up in vibrant colours. It will join the recently announced complete launch-day track roster.

Forza Motorsport C8 Corvette Spa 2023

A further track is set for a December 2023 launch and the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Spring 2024. It’s not clear if the game will receive a new track every single month – perhaps that’s an unrealistic expectation.

All tracks added to Forza Motorsport will be free, which is ideal for preventing online multiplayer userbase fragmentation. Bavo. Cars, however, are part of the paid-for Car Pass. Read on for more information…

Limited-time single-player events

The Festival Playlist-aping content arrives in the form of limited-time ‘featured tours’, which are single-player event groups available each month focussing on a specific car. Each tour has four sets of events (series) for each car, with a new one beginning each week. You have up to two weeks after a tour ends to complete the challenges.

Forza Motorsport track tour series events October 2023

Complete all four series, and unlock a ‘showcase’ event. Win that, and unlock a prize car. Your prize for the launch month of October is the 2020 Acura #6 ARX-05 DPi.

Alongside these is a series of ‘open tour’ events that will be updated each month as a live content service, the first month being themed around German cars.

For example, below is October’s line-up:

Featured TourSpotlight CarAvailable
Track Day2022 Subaru BRZOctober 5
Built to Race2020 KTM X-Bow GT2October 12
Track Exotics2014 Ferrari FXX KOctober 19
Prototype Power2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1October 26

Multiplayer events

Reminding us of several other contemporary racing games with online multiplayer services, a playlist of spec series (set cars), open series (bring your own wheels) and spotlight online races will refresh each week too, with the schedule announced monthly.

Forza Motorsport online multiplayer spolight series events

For example, below is October’s line-up:

Spec SeriesOpen Class SeriesSpotlight SeriesAvailable
GTX Sportscar SeriesR Class SeriesOctober 5
Formula Mazda Spec SeriesA Class Series2020 KTM X-Bow GT2October 12
Early LMP SeriesC Class Series2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RSOctober 19
Early Factory Racecar SeriesP Class Series2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1October 26

Car Pass DLC

While the tracks will remain free, at least initially, 30 additional cars will be paid for via the Car Pass DLC optional add-on.

The price for the Car Pass is not yet unveiled. It will also be part of the Deluxe or Premium editions. Those on Game Pass, it’s included within a Premium Adds-on Bundle.

2018 Volkswagen #22 Experion Racing Golf GTI - 5th October 2023
The 2018 Volkswagen #22 Experion Racing Golf GTI arriving 5th October 2023

It begins in earnest in October, with the following four cars added throughout the month:

  • 2018 Volkswagen #22 Experion Racing Golf GTI – 5th October 2023
  • 2019 Dodge #9 American V8 Road Racing TA Challenger – 12th October 2023
  • 1999 Nissan #23 NISMO Clarion R391 – 19th October 2023
  • 2020 BMW M2 Competition Coupé – 26th October 2023

Forza Motorsport launches on 10th October 2023 for PC and Xbox Series X|S.

Source: Forza, Motorsport Images

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