The hotly speculated presence of Forza Motorsport at the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase has been officially confirmed, and the striking cover cars for the game have been unveiled simultaneously. As part of Xbox’s significant trio of AAA first party titles confirmed for this year, Forza Motorsport stands out as the sole game without a nailed down launch date. Its most recent showstopper was during the Xbox Developer Direct earlier this year. Despite an impressive demonstration, fans were left wanting due to the absence of a definitive release date.
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The flagship racing series from Xbox, Forza, had a predictable rhythm between 2011 and 2018, oscillating annually between the simulation-centred Motorsport instalments and its widely acclaimed open world sibling, the Horizon series. The franchise hit the pause button for three years following the 2018 release of Forza Horizon 4, before roaring back onto the scene in 2021 with the critically lauded Forza Horizon 5, set in Mexico. Six years on from Forza Motorsport 7, Turn 10 Studios is getting into gear for the future of the franchise.
Forza Motorsport’s Anticipated Presence at the Xbox Games Showcase
The Forza Motorsport Twitter account confirmed the game’s appearance at Xbox’s Games Showcase, set for June 11th. They further teased a walkthrough of the single-player career mode during the upcoming Forza Monthly livestream, scheduled for June 13th.
The tweet also provided a sneak peek at the game’s cover cars, showcasing a 2023 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R in radiant yellow, closely pursued by a 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray in a striking shade of blue. Past Forza titles typically had their cover cars revealed during significant events, such as E3, often coinciding with the game’s initial announcement. Forza Motorsport 6, for instance, was famously announced at E3 2015 with a blue Ford GT descending dramatically onto the stage. It is intriguing, therefore, that Forza decided to unveil its new cover cars in a relatively understated tweet, just weeks before the Xbox showcase. This could be linked to the potentially ever-evolving nature of Forza Motorsport, where constant updates could lead to the original cover cars being superseded as the game introduces fresh cars and events.
Racing towards the Future: What’s Next for the Forza Franchise
Anticipation is high for a confirmed release date during Forza Motorsport’s showcase next month. After three major appearances since its initial reveal in 2020, ending the event without a concrete Forza Motorsport release date could risk an even greater sense of disappointment compared to the January Developer Direct. Fans of the racing simulation are counting the weeks until they can finally circle the release date of the next Forza Motorsport instalment in their calendars.
Forza Motorsport will be speeding onto PC and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.