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Forza Motorsport 6

is an upcoming racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One. First revealed during the North American International... read more

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Platforms Xbox One
Themes Motorsports
Developers Turn 10 Studios...
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Status: Released
Release: 18-Sep-2015

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is an upcoming racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One. First revealed during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, 2015, the game will be the sixth installment in the Forza Motorsport series.

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Gameplay

New to the Forza Motorsport series is wet-weather driving. Instead of being merely cosmetic, the rain effects in the game can affect the race by causing cars to skid or even hydroplane if they encounter a puddle at too great a rate of speed. Designers visited the real-world tracks to see where puddles formed during rain events in order to model them into the game. The puddles will appear at the same locations and behave the same way whenever the given track is wet, giving players a chance to learn where the hazards are and how to deal with them. 

Turn 10 Studios confirmed that the partnership with BBC automotive series Top Gear would continue, but would not include presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The Top Gear Test Track and The Stig's Digital Cousin return from Forza Motorsport 5, and commentary from presenters James May and Richard Hammond would be featured throughout the game. 

The game's single-player campaign mode, called "Stories of Motorsport", will have over 70 hours of gameplay content. The mode will include commentary from automotive and racing personalities to expand on the events in the game, such as the Showcase Events that will have players participating in races set in early racing eras. "Drivatars", the AI drivers featured in Forza Motorsport 5, will return in the game's career mode. Players will be able to choose between the existing drivatar algorithm, which resulted in occasionally unpredictable behavior, or one that features more consistent drivers. Some races will have up to 24 drivers at a time.

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Vehicles

Forza Motorsport 6 will include more than 450 cars, more than twice the number of cars available at launch than Forza Motorsport 5. While many cars carry-over from earlier Xbox 360 versions of Forza Motorsport, the models themselves have been rebuilt specifically for Xbox One and include working cockpits and gauges, interiors and exteriors, and support for the game’s Forzavista mode. Further, all of the cars at launch would be available without the use of tokens, purchased through microtransactions, as was the case in Forza Motorsport 5. 

Cars are rendered using physically-based materials (PBM) system, which allow for the realistic simulation of light as it's reflected and refracted on different materials, such as a car's paint job which may include a diffuse base layer, a more transparent layer with metal flake and a separate clear coat. 

The game includes a wide variety of makes and manufacturers, including 2016 model year introductions, supercars, sports compact class cars, muscle cars and all eras of Grand Prix motor racing. Road cars from over 67 different makes have been confirmed so far. 

Forza Motorsport 6 also includes race cars from the world's top motorsport series including Formula E, V8 Supercars, the British Touring Car Championship, FIA World Touring Car Championship, and the FIA World Endurance Championship with more to be announced.

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Tracks

The game will include 26 tracks, including 10 that are new to the franchise. Notable real-world track inclusions include the Nürburgring, Bathurst, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans. Six new locations: Brands Hatch, Circuit of the Americas, Daytona, Lime Rock Park, Monza and Watkins Glen - make their debut, - Rio de Janeiro returns from Forza 1 with a new track and Indianapolis was recreated after a 2014 renovation of the track. Two tracks return from Forza 4: Hockenheimring and Sonoma.

Development

Forza Motorsport 6 was first revealed to the public as part of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, 2015. The announcement was made on the same day that Ford Motor Company unveiled its newest iteration of the Ford GT supercar, along with a broader line of high-performance vehicles.

Ford and Microsoft have entered into an exclusive agreement that will make the 2017 Ford GT the cover car for the game, and the GT and other newly revealed cars, such as the newest version of the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ford Mustang GT350, available cars in the game. According to Henry Ford III, the executive in charge of the GT's development, the arrangement is part of Ford's view that video games are "a new avenue for us to reach our customers". Similarly, the deal gave Turn 10 Studios, the development team responsible for the Forza Motorsport franchise, direct access to Ford's design teams as the new GT was in development. Staffers with Turn 10 were some of the few people outside of Ford itself that even knew of the car's existence. According to Turn 10's John Wendl, "this is the first time we've been able to launch a car and a game at the same time". Certain design and performance aspects of the Ford GT were first revealed through the game including the car’s active rear wing which automatically changes its angle in different conditions, such as under braking.

Dan Greenawalt, creative director of Turn 10 Studios, stated that additional details, including in-game footage, would be released during E3 2015. While a release date was not announced at the initial reveal, Microsoft later stated that the game would launch in time for the 2015 holiday season. 2015 also represents the 10th anniversary year for the Forza Motorsport franchise.

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At E3 2015, Forza Motorsport 6 was featured heavily during Microsoft's pre-show press conference, and included an appearance by a pre-production version of the Ford GT. At the press conference, Microsoft announced that Forza Motorsport 6 would launch in North America on September 15, 2015, in Japan on September 17 and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on September 18.

On August 27, 2015, Turn 10 announced that the game had been declared gold, indicating it was being prepared for duplication and release. A demo of the game is set to be released on September 1, 2015.



This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Forza Motorsport 6, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


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