We’ve got an update on one of the most anticipated features set to come to Forza Motorsport 7. The Race Regulation system is indeed coming — but not until 2019.
It’s been a long, winding road for the multiplayer feature. We first heard about it back way back in May of this year. As more and more sim racing titles adopt various driver ranking systems — iRacing, Project CARS 2, and of course Gran Turismo Sport — Forza 7 needs an on-the-fly adjudication system, especially with the continued push for Forza RC.
Turn 10’s Chris Esaki took time to address the situation in the latest episode of Forza Monthly earlier this week:
“Our Forza Race Regulations are coming. Rest assured, they are deep in production. We’ve done tons and tons of play tests at this point, we’ve done a lot of usability tests that Kary has been running. We’ve christened our new play test lab, and had a bunch of people check it out in the last couple weeks. It’s uncovered a lot of issues in the last couple months, of stuff that we want to get right. Yeah, it’s coming: it’s not going to be this month, it’s not going to be next month.”
Alongside his comments, Esaki and the team showcased a short teaser of an in-development version of the adjudication system which we’ve included below:
Keeping in mind this is a work-in-progress, we’re going to overlook the severe time penalties — which include over 120 minutes for cutting the chicane at Monza! Instead, we’re focusing on the implications here, with post-race time penalties for collisions as well as going off-track. Cutting the track also means cutting the power of the car responsible, too.
So far, it appears all collisions — which recently got an improvement via this week’s update — are treated equally in terms of the penalty they result in. We expect that to change, though how much variance there is in the system is anybody’s guess. As veterans of GT Sport’s eponymous mode will tell you, there’s myriad variables at play with on-the-fly adjudication, and so we’re very curious to see how Turn 10 tackles this rather difficult aspect of online multiplayer.
While FM7 players won’t see the new system until the next calendar year, we won’t have to wait as long to get more details on it. Esaki and community manager Brian Ekberg confirmed the team will be diving into more details on the Race Regulations system for December’s Forza Monthly.
With the continued support for FM7 now confirmed to reach right into 2019, rumors persist that there will be no new Forza title next year.
Featured image courtesy of mazda787.