Forza Motorsport 5 at E3 2013
Forza Motorsport 5 will define the new generation of racing. As a launch title for Xbox One, Forza 5 gives players the opportunity to own and race the cars of their dreams, to push their limits on the world’s most challenging circuits, and to experience cars in ways never before possible. Three weeks ago, we pulled the cover off of Forza Motorsport 5, as part of the worldwide debut of the Xbox One, with a thrilling trailer showcasing a pair of dueling McLarens snaking through the close urban confines of Prague. Today, it’s time to tell you about what you can expect from the year’s most anticipated racing game. In short, this is the most ambitious Forza yet, so buckle up.
We could start with the details, of course. The features of the game, the cars you’ll be driving, the tracks you’ll be driving them on, all those feature boxes to be ticked. We’ll do some of that here, and in the months ahead leading up to Forza 5’s launch, but it’s not every day that you launch a new Forza game… on a new Xbox platform, for that matter. So, before we start ticking off boxes and talking features, let’s start from a higher level. Let me tell you about the vision of Forza Motorsport 5:
Forza Motorsport 5 is a cinematic automotive journey, starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud, no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing.
Now let’s break these sentences down and get closer to defining the scope of this epic game.
“Forza Motorsport 5 is a cinematic automotive journey…”
This phrase alone could inspire a thousand words. In Forza Motorsport 5, the cars and tracks are stunningly realized, lovingly rendered digital recreations of the real things, full of astonishing details. Forza Motorsport 5 delivers unprecedented visual realism, in a game that captures the beauty of the your dream cars through the tiny irregularities that make the world feel real. The play of light on a perfect coat of paint. The texture of hand-stitched leather and brushed metal. The history written onto scratched rotors and worn concrete. That same obsessive level of detail goes for the tracks too – these are living, busy worlds that showcase the vibrant pageantry and spectacle of race day.
Note the use of the word “journey” above, too. Every car in Forza Motorsport 5 is the beginning of a new automotive adventure. That’s because every car in the game features its own Forzavista experience. Walk around the car, pop the hood, and examine the engine in amazing detail. Then hop in the seat and write your own history on the track, whether you’re dicing it out on Xbox LIVE against racers from all over the world, or exploring each car’s customized career highlighting their greatest strengths, most notorious rivals, and their place in motorsport history.
“starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks.”
We couldn’t have chosen a better combination of car and setting to debut Forza Motorsport 5 than the McLaren P1™ and the spectacular city of Prague. The P1™ is the latest supercar from McLaren, representing a new pinnacle of automotive achievement built on 50 years of McLaren’s storied history of racing and performance innovation.
As the new “crown jewel” of Forza Motorsport, the city of Prague serves as the P1’s potent urban counterpart. Like the P1™, Prague is steeped in history and rich culture; modern, with a unique sense of mystery and danger lurking underneath. Around every corner in Forza Motorsport 5’s Prague there are new architectural delights—from the famous Charles Bridge spanning the misty Vltava River to the centuries-old landmarks found in Old Town Square. The P1 and Prague are just the beginning, too; in the coming months, look for more detailed information on all of the cars and tracks that you’ll be playing in Forza Motorsport 5.
“Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud,”
From the starts of its development, Forza Motorsport 5 has been designed make the most of the Xbox One’s innovative features. It starts with amazingly detailed cars built in a new graphics engine created exclusively for Xbox One which delivers physically-based materials rendering that recreate the real-life characteristics of thousands of unique materials. Dynamic damage modeling that showcases every bump and scrape. Tracks that accumulate tire rubber and debris. But there’s much more to the story than that.
Forza Motorsport 5 also takes advantage of the connected capabilities of the Xbox One, delivering features that could only be possible in 2013 and beyond. By learning how you and your friends drive, the power of the cloud delivers real human behavior. Drivatar technology creates an ever-evolving network of opponents who are always ready to race. Even when you’re away from your Xbox One, your profile will be working for you – racing against other players in the cloud and earning you in-game credits in the process. Real tendencies, real mistakes, real victories.
A new curation feature means that the best community-created content will now find you, with a system that learns your preferred cars and paint schemes. Now you can seamlessly experience the most compelling user-generated content available.
“…no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing.”
Naturally, this is a Forza game. That means a diverse collection of cars, an amazing roster of laser-scanned, millimeter accurate tracks – from exotic locales like Prague to the best purpose-built race circuits in the world -- and the kind of realistic simulation physics that can only be found in Forza Motorsport. It means fast and fair multiplayer featuring Smart Match™ matchmaking and Xbox Live dedicated servers, where you can experience epic, fast, and competitive multiplayer perfectly suited to your skill and style. It means a new step forward for Rivals Mode, where you can compete against your friends’ top times in car- and track-specific events, as well as continuously rotating challenges, for in-game credits and bragging rights. It also means your automotive journey continues long after launch with the ongoing release of new content.
Forza Motorsport 5 is your ultimate car fantasy; a game where owning and racing your favorite cars is enhanced by technology and artistry that could only be made possible on a new generation of console. This is Forza Motorsport 5, where dreams are driven, coming only to Xbox One at launch.