The biggest critique that has followed the “Forza Motorsports” series has been that it’s a beautiful game, but it’s cold and surgical. It captures the precision and machinery of racing, but it doesn’t have the charm.
Over the past decade, Turn 10 Studios has turned that perception on its head. They’ve done this by opening up the simulation racing genre to casual and hard-core players alike. The developers have delved deep into car culture and brought in luminaries from automotive world such as Jeremy Clarkson of “Top Gear” fame. They’ve given a nod to cultural touchstones such as “Initial D.” Turn 10 has even spun off their flagship series and teamed up with Playground Games to create the “Forza Horizon” franchise.
With Turn 10 Studios eviscerating this impression, what else is there to do for the series? The team answers this question by trying to create a more lifelike and organic experience in “Forza Motorsports 7.”
“We honestly took a step back and looked at the approach to motorsports racing,” said content director John Wendel. “We embraced 4K resolution. That native resolution and level of detail increases immersion and the thrill of racing. It caused us to rethink what we were doing, how we build the game from the ground up.”
By going back to the drawing board, the team came up with the Forza Driver’s Cup, which is supposed to mimic the format of motorsports racing. They also took a look at the interior of the vehicle and revamped that. Not only do players have a second cockpit view that eliminates the wheel, the insides of the car feel more alive as the interior shakes and shudders under the speed. Players will notice it most when they’re in big rigs. They’ll see the netting on the left flutter. In smaller vehicles, they will hear the interiors rattle and see the wings move. It gives players the impression that the vehicle is a constructed thing instead of a monolithic piece of metal.
Outside the vehicles, Wendel said the focus is on introducing 4K visuals, which will look even more phenomenal on an Xbox One X. The support for native 4K resolution and HDR, otherwise known as high dynamic range color, will give the game a more realistic look. In terms of gameplay, players should be looking forward to dynamic weather and skies.
“No two races are the same,” Wendel said. That seems to be the main selling point of “Forza Motorsports 7.” The weather system has been expanded so that puddles form during a race. Competitions like the 24 Hours of Le Mans take on a new realism as the time of day changes with the weather. That means it can rain in the morning and create puddles, but as the storm clouds pass, those puddles could evaporate by late afternoon. This changes the strategy from lap to lap on each course, making the racing experience deeper. Wendel said it’s more of puzzle that players have to figure ot.
Other gameplay changes in “Forza Motorsports 7” include the addition of loot boxes. The crates contain items such as mods, driver suits, custom tunes. Wendel said the team is also bringing back the auction house from “Forza Horizon 3.” The goal is to engage the community more. That’s why players can still make credits on liveries, vehicle setups and other periphery diversions.
One thing I particularly liked in my hands-on preview was the scope of the vehicles. At launch, “Forza Motorsports 7” will feature more than 700 vehicles. One of those car types includes big rigs. Wendel told me that big-rig racing is an actual thing and it’s popular in Europe. The behemoths are fun to drive and shows off the potential diversity in the game.
Lastly, they’ll have a car pack inspired by “The Fate of the Furious.” That’s included with the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions but can be purchased alone for $9.99.
Combined with the Xbox One X, “Forza Motorsports 7” has the ability to introduce 4K to a more mainstream audience. It could be a killer app that sells the format to gamers and shows the potential of the higher resolution and richer colors. Players can find that out for themselves when “Forza Motorsports 7” launches Oct. 3.
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