Forza Motorsport 7 will shortly be no more, as Microsoft moves the game into end of life status this September.
Seven weeks from now, on September 15, Microsoft will remove FM7 and all of its associated DLC from all online storefronts and the Xbox Game Pass service. This means that, as of that date, players won’t be able to purchase the game or any content digitally — though anyone who has already purchased the base game and any DLC will still be able to download it.
With the game’s availability on Game Pass, some players may have bought add-on DLC but not the base game itself. Microsoft will distribute tokens to those players through to August 2 to allow them to continue playing with their DLC purchases. However, don’t rush to pick the DLC up right now, as that only extends to customers who’d bought any ahead of this announcement!
While the game won’t be available to buy any more, the game’s services will remain accessible. That includes multiplayer and online modes, and Microsoft will continue to support FM7-based esports series and Rivals events.
Nonetheless, the move comes as something of a surprise. At present, FM7 is the most recent title in the Motorsport series, with the successor title — known only as Forza Motorsport — still in development. It’s unlikely we’ll see the new title until well into 2022 at least, leaving something of a gap without an active title in the series. Of course Forza Horizon 5 will launch this November, but the Horizon games are a very different package.
The official Forza Motorsport Twitter account has provided something of an explanation though: licensing.
While every licensing agreement is different, it simply appears to be the case that some of those that apply to Forza Motorsport 7 — whether gameplay elements like cars and tracks, or even aspects like music — are time-limited, and in this case to four years or less, given the October 2017 launch. Smaller items could be patched out, so it seems likely that this affects larger items like circuits, or even a wide selection of content which is unfeasible to remove.
That could have some implications for Forza Motorsport too. It suggests that Microsoft either hasn’t, or hasn’t been able to, renew licences for some of the affected content, which might affect the cars and tracks available in the next game. However we’ll have to wait and see on that front.
If you haven’t already bought Forza Motorsport 7, Microsoft is offering the title at discounted prices right now and running up until September 15:
- Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition: $9.99 (£7.49, €9.99)
- Forza Motorsport 7 Deluxe Edition: $14.99 (£12.49, €12.49)
- Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition: $19.99 (£17.49, €19.99)
GTPlanet bids a fond farewell to FM7.