FORZA TO BRING REALISTIC DAMAGE

Published on 29 June, 2022

Forza Motorsport General Manager Dan Greenawalt and Creative Director Chris Esaki took to the stage during the 2022 Xbox Bethesda Showcase to reveal extended gameplay video of the next Forza Motorsport game. This is the first game released by Turn 10 Studios since Greenawalt and Esaki made the decision to change their approach to game development.
The new game has been completely rebuilt "from the ground up" on an entirely new version of Turn 10 Studios' "ForzaTech" game engine. That means this new game can take full advantage of the new and more powerful Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. During the demonstration, Esaki revealed that every track in the new Forza Motorsport will feature dynamic time of day for the first time in the franchise history. If players start a long race in mid-day, then night will have fallen by the time the race is complete.

 
This new physics engine is how the developers can tie track surface temperature changes from the dynamic time-of-day system to the grip levels felt by players. The temperature is not the only environmental element that influences grip. One of the biggest areas of scrutiny among racing simulator game purists AKA "the reddit police," is car damage. Hardcore racing sim enthusiasts want to see realistic damage to virtual cars when they crash into each other or obstacles during gameplay. You can bet that if a racing game gets this incorrect, the fans will call it out. That complaint has been leveled at previous Forza games. As a result, Turn 10 Studios is introducing a new automotive damage model in Forza Motorsport that claims to display precise and physiologically accurate directional dents, paint scratches, and even dirt accumulation.
Many fans were holding out hope that it would be a 2022 game, but with game developers still dealing with the effects of the global pandemic, it really isn't all that surprising that it will take Turn 10 Studios another year to get Forza Motorsport ready for primetime. 2023 it is then. Fingers crossed.


 

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