A special Xbox & Bethesda “Developer_Direct” presentation is coming on Wednesday January 25, with Forza Motorsport among the upcoming games showcased for to Xbox, PC and Game Pass.
Game developers themselves will present the Developer_Direct livestream — hence the name — which will focus on “big features, extended gameplay showcases, and the latest info for Xbox games launching in the next few months”.
Naturally, given recent big acquisitions, there’ll be plenty of focus on The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda, Zenimax), Minecraft Legends (Mojang) and Redfall (Arkane). However our interests are solely in Turn 10’s presentation of its revamped sim racer.
The last time we saw Forza Motorsport in any capacity followed last year’s Xbox & Bethesda Showcase where the forthcoming title was shown in action. Turn 10’s Chris Esaki and Dan Greenawalt described FM as the “most technically advanced racing game ever made” — not limiting that bold statement to the Forza series or Xbox platform as a whole.
Following that, the duo cautioned fans that further details wouldn’t be revealed until 2023, and while the wait has been an arduous one, it’s almost over now.
The presentation, in two weeks’ time, promises “extended gameplay showcases”, so chances are this will be our first in-depth look at what the rebooted title has to offer. There’s even a possibility of a release date for the title, which has only been placed as Spring 2023 until now.
Turn 10 has of course already confirmed that the game will launch exclusively on Xbox Series consoles and PC, and feature a completely overhauled physics engine with 48 times the fidelity of previous iterations. Additionally, the game will feature ray tracing, dynamic time of day and weather on all tracks, and a new vehicle damage system.
Since then, we’ve had tiny morsels dropped here and there, such as the new tire and suspension models, a deeper and more authentic multiplayer experience, and of course the details revealed at last year’s Showcase.
The stream begins at 2000 UTC on January 25. Stay tuned for all the information as we get it.