The recently announced Forza Motorsport 7 is looking like a sizeable leap forward for the franchise. Turn 10 has clearly put in a lot of work to wow fans on release this October.
Following from our post yesterday, GTPlanet talked to creative director Bill Giese to get the low down on what players can expect.
A Series First Focus on Interactive Loading
There’s little doubt that loading times can be one of the most frustrating parts of gaming. Any time spent outside the experience is negative and some titles simply take way too long for most people’s patience. Turn 10 has come up with a unique way of making use of these loading periods.
Forza Motorsport 7 will allow you to tweak many settings when moving from track to track, Giese told GTPlanet. Want to change your vehicle? No problem. Fancy carrying out that last minute tuning change for the Nurb? No sweat. You can even take care of less important aspects like changing your race overalls. Kudos to Turn 10 for thinking outside the box on this one.
Integrated Custom Soundtracks
Another interesting aspect for Forza Motorsport 7 is how custom soundtracks have been integrated into the title. As we all shuffled in for the session, Mick Jagger and the rest of the Stones were clearly pumping out through the speakers dotting the digital garage on-screen. Giese explains:
“This is actually my music list from my OneDrive. What we wanted to do, one of the things we wanted to reimagine, is how do we pull the player into this world, and make it feel more human? So the speakers that are placed out through the garage are actually projecting the music you hear. But it’s not only here. Even on track, if you’re driving through Le Mans and you pass the straights, the music that’s coming out of the speakers is going to be yours.”
Giese insists to us that this adds to the human element of Forza 7 and brings the player into the title moreso than a regular custom soundtrack. It’s certainly unique and we’re intrigued to see just how well implemented it is.
Auction House, Mod Cards and Forzathon Will All Return
The key DNA of the Forza franchise is intact for the latest entry in the Motorsport franchise. Giese confirmed to GTPlanet that the Auction House will return to the title. This offers players the chance to sell cars from their garage to other players in-game, including any unique modifications or liveries. The Auction House has been a fan-favorite from the start.
Forzathon, the monthly challenge events popularized by Forza Horizon 3, will also feature in Forza Motorsport 7. These events offer prizes for completed Turn 10-designed driving activities. There will be plenty of scope for the title to implement some fun trials to the player.
The controversial Mod Cards will also return to the Forza Motorsport franchise. Offering stat boosts to the player’s car or race rewards, they certainly add a bit of variety to the career events. We’ll find out in October just how much they add to the experience.