With E3 just around the corner, there are a ton of awesome games for us all to get excited about. There are sure to be new titles announced at this year’s show, but we will also learn new information about several titles that have already been announced. Over the next week, we will be exploring what games we can look forward to seeing more of, and what we can expect to learn from these upcoming titles.
Title: Forza Motorsport 7
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Anticipated release window: The game is expected to follow past entries with a September launch this year.
An incredibly small glimpse of the game was shown off during the reveal trailer of the upcoming Project Scorpio system which was released at last year’s Xbox E3 briefing.
Forza Motorsport 7 is the next-entry in the very popular Forza Motorsport racing simulator series. The game has likely been in development since the release of the last Motorsport title which was back in 2015. It will be the first ‘true’ Forza Motorsport game to come to Windows; the series technically hit PC for the first time with Forza Motorsport 6: Apex in 2016, although it was a streamlined version. Motorsport 7 will be the second full Forza title to come to PC, with last year’s more arcade-like Forza Horizon 3 being the first.
Seeing that it’s been about 21 months since the release of the last Motorsport title, it’s definitely a good time to roll out a new one. Forza Horizon 3 was very well-received, but it’s more arcade-like gameplay style is different than the simulator-oriented formula that its Motorsport brother possesses. What’s definitely the most exciting thing we’re looking forward to seeing is how the game looks on the new Project Scorpio hardware. Microsoft has promised that the new, supercharged system will provide a “true 4K experience” for all first-party titles. Since Forza was one of the first games teased for the system, it will interesting to see how far Turn 10 can push the hardware. This will likely be one of, if not the game to showcase the Scorpio’s high-level of performance. Motorsport 6 looked good on the original Xbox One and Horizon 3 looked really good on the Xbox One S with HDR support, so it’s safe to assume that the new Motorsport 7 will be quite the visual spectacle now that it’s running on much more powerful hardware.
The team has already gone on record talking about their development experience with Scorpio. They ported over Motorsport 6: Apex to the system and had all the settings cranked up to the equivalent of the ‘Ultra’ level on PC, and still had system resources left over. Motorsport 7 is bound to leave a few dropped jaws when it’s shown running on Scorpio hardware.
Since we’ve only gotten that incredibly small snippet of gameplay from the Scorpio trailer, you can definitely expect to see a full-blown reveal at Microsoft’s E3 briefing this year. With Scorpio being the star of the show, expect most, if not all of the footage during the show to be from that version of the game. We should definitely see how it looks running on original Xbox One/S hardware as well, but Scorpio footage will be the most prevalent. Microsoft is also likely to demonstrate cross-platform compatibility between Scorpio/Xbox One and Windows 10, just as they did during the Horizon 3 reveal last year.
Its predecessor, Motorsport 6 featured 450 highly-detailed cars. It wouldn’t be a surprise for this number to increase extensively with Motorsport 7. There were also 26 real-world locales and 10 ‘newly-captured’ tracks in the last game, so there should be even more content this time around. Expect a decent look at new cars, tracks, and gameplay enhancements to be shown off during the reveal. Scorpio-specific enhancements will also likely be highlighted: things like an increased number of cars on the tracks, more detailed environments and crowds, etc.