As Forza Motorsport 7 approaches its second anniversary, those eager to know about the next installment will have to wait a little longer.
Back in March, Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt stated that Turn 10 had begun “transitioning its weight” to the next Forza project. Now, in an E3 interview with IGN, Greenawalt has essentially confirmed that Forza Motorsport 8 will not release this year.
A Player-First Development Approach
Greenawalt stated the next Motorsport game is currently in the concept phase and that T10 will be taking a different approach to development:
“I announced on a stream a few months back that we were shifting the weight of our studio – we were changing our focus – away from Forza Motorsport 7 and towards our next project, but that we were doing it all very, very differently. And that’s very true; we’re taking this fan-first, player-first approach where we’re bringing players in in different capacities to have them help us ideate on what we build next, and prototype new ideas and new thoughts. So, as of right now, Motorsport itself is actually in concept; it’s just something we’re currently building.”
T10’s new approach for developing FM8 will certainly raise some eyebrows in the Forza community, and could potentially give FM8 a much needed direction.
Changing How and What Turn 10 Innovates
Greenawalt also said the team will be changing how it innovates during development:
“So by taking a step back and not only working on our culture of innovation internally but also on how we innovate – how we put the player in the centre of everything we do – it allowed the team to work through, ‘Well, is this about cadence?’ No. It’s no longer about any of that anymore. It’s now about the player, and then act that way. It’s one thing to say it. It’s another thing to act that way for a year and really let it seep into your culture and how you do development.”
It will be interesting to see how T10’s extra time for developing FM8 will follow through to the finished product. The news of no release date for FM8 will no doubt be disappointing to some.
However, this increases the possibility that FM8 could be developed as a launch title for the upcoming Project Scarlett console. With a projected Holiday 2020 release for Scarlett, we will be keeping a keen eye on T10’s plans.
Until then, we can expect continued updates and tweaks to FM7, albeit at a likely reduced rate. In the mean time, fans can check out the new LEGO expansion for Forza Horizon 4 whilst they wait for the next Motorsport.
Feature image courtesy of codemayne.