According to an announcement from Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 8 ray tracing will be part of a talk being given at the Game Developers’ Conference this year, likely meaning the game will be pulling out all the stops for the Xbox Series X and Forza Motorsport 8 itself in the next generation.
The Forza Motorsport series has been taking a bit of a break the past few years; the last Motorsport Forza game game out in 2017, and the only Forza games that have been coming out since were Forza Horizon games, which switch the track-racing games to racing on normal roads.
The Horizon series taking a break for so many years likely allows Turn 10 Studios to be able to make the best Forza Motorsport game yet. The increased power of the Xbox Series X will allow Forza Motorsport 8 ray tracing to make the game look even better than normal.
The potential that ray tracing has with Forza will be part of the subject matter of the conference at GDC 2020, such as how Turn 10 structured itself to be able to use ray tracing more often in the future. This likely means that Forza Motorsport games beyond 8 will also be using ray tracing.
However, since the game is also going to be coming out on the Xbox One when it releases (likely sometime next year), there’s likely going to be a marked difference in the graphical quality between it and the Xbox Series X.
While at the moment there’s no other news about Forza Motorsport 8 ray tracing or anything related to it, we’ll likely be seeing it at some point within the next year, most likely at E3 2020 or some other event around it. While the game likely still has a long time until it comes out (likely sometime in 2021 after the release of the Xbox Series X) hopefully that extra time will make Forza Motorsport 8 truly great.