Microsoft doesn’t have as many exclusive games on Xbox One as PlayStation 4 but there are a few good ones. Forza is one of the best-selling Xbox exclusives with yearly Forza release with Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon taking turns. However, developer Turn 10 studios has noted that it won’t launch Forza Motorsport 8 in 2019.
According to the developers, they will be focusing on fixing Forza Motorsport 7 and by the looks of it, the studio is really committed to fixing everything that is wrong with Forza Motorsport 7.
These include the overall racing and drifting experience, as well as nitty-gritty areas like the physics, handling, suspension and collision systems. With Forza Motorsport 7, Esaki mentioned that the team received a lot of criticism at this stage of the franchise – and the motorsport team takes that to heart.
However, earlier this year the studio confirmed that Forza Motorsport 8 is in early development.
So here I am writing an article about everything we know so far about the upcoming Forza title. However, my main focus will be the features and changes I want to see in Forza Motorsport 8.
Release Date and Platforms
Given that the game is in early development at Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 8 will take 2-3 years to release. Also, given that next-gen consoles will probably be out in 2020, it’s highly likely that the game will launch for next-gen Xbox Scarlett and of course PC.
However, there is a possibility that the game might also release for Xbox One X as it’s a very powerful console capable of native 4K/60 FPS gaming experience.
We can expect the upcoming Forza title to be revealed at E3 2019. However, chances of that are extremely slim since Microsoft only reveals Forza title just a few months before their launch.
What To Expect
While confirming the upcoming Forza title, the studio discussed how they will develop the game. According to the studio, they are open to fan feedback and will develop the game around that.
Usually, Microsoft reveals Forza titles just a few months before their launch and before fans have anything to say about it or give feedback, the game releases. But, that apparently won’t be the case with the upcoming Forza Motorsport 8.
In the past, that concept phase would be kind of subterranean. We’d kind of do it with ourselves, we’d work with our dev partners, and we’d bounce our concepts off ourselves. But we’re going to be doing it differently this time. We want to do it in public. We want to do it with our fans. Does that mean early rollouts? I don’t know. And that’s really what it comes down to: I don’t know.
If this is any indication then the studio will be open to fan suggestions and will be making changes to the game accordingly. This means we might get to see cars and features that were absent in Forza Motorsport 7.
Turn 10 Studio is taking their time and fan feedback for Forza Motorsport 8. So, here is our wishlist of features that we want to see in the upcoming title. However, this is just a wishlist and some of them might end up in the final game.
Forza Motorsport 7 features a lot of off-road cars but interestingly, there isn’t any off-road track in the game. So, I would really like for Turn 10 Studios to include off-road tracks and cars in the base game.
I know, Forza Horizon games fill this hole a bit, however, Horizon is a mixture of simulation and arcade racing. It would be interesting to see developers bringing rally-cross to Forza Motorsport with realistic rally cross simulation. It just might give the Dirt franchise a solid competition.
Introduce Formula 1
With Turn 10 Studios striving to bring real-driving experience to racing game fans, it’s surprising that the developers haven’t introduced Formula 1 racing in Forza Motorsports.
Even Project Cars features F1 racing and there are a lot of racing fans that would love to see Turn 10 to bring it in Forza Motorsport 8 using Turn 10’s in-house game engine and their experience with racing titles.
Personalized Career Mode
Career mode is the highlight of every Forza Motorsport title and fans have praised the career mode for previous titles. However, it’s time that Turn 10 Studios take the career mode to another, by making it much more personalized and allowing players to really make it their own.
New Game Modes
A lot of gameplay restrictions come in when your only selling point is a realistic driving simulation. Unfortunately for Forza Motorsport franchise that is exactly the case.
There are certain game modes that can’t make to the series but, that doesn’t mean Turn 10 shouldn’t strive to bring new game modes to Forza Motorsport 8 while staying within the simulation boundaries.
Besides Turn 10 Studios have included mini-games like Infection and King and Flag Rush but, it’s time for the developers to actually deliver a new game mode.
Forza is one of the longest-running gaming franchises, however, to this day neither Microsoft or Turn 10 has ever tried to bring the franchise towards competitive eSports. It would be interesting to see competitive eSports being implemented in Forza Motorsport 8.
With the game being presumably developed by for next-gen hardware, it’s fitting that Microsoft would start the next chapter in console history by bringing something that has been absent in Forza titles.
There are a lot of Forza Motorsport fans out there who would love to see competitive eSports become part of the series.
So, that’s everything we know so far regarding Forza Motorsport 8 along with a list of features that we want to see in the upcoming tile.