Forza Week in Review 8-10-18
This past Wednesday will live in my memory for a long time. Soon after we launched the August update for Forza Motorsport 7, myself and others around Turn 10 watched the Forza community light up with tweets, videos, streams and more, all reacting to the new features that arrived in the game. Today’s Week in Review comes on the heels of one of the biggest updates in Forza history, so let’s break it down!
UPDATE 8/11/18: The Formula Drift Car Pack Trailer has officially debuted! Check it out:
Drifting is one of the big areas of focus in the August update. There’s a new scoring model that breaks down your drifting skills along three on-screen criteria (line, angle, and speed). We have removed drift zones on tracks, allowing players to link entire tracks if they want to. We have updated track limits (more on those in a bit). But perhaps no feature is more important for those who want to slide in Forza 7 than the new drift suspension upgrade option.
Now, players can upgrade any car in the game with a new drift suspension, allowing some extreme steering angle, which is completely tunable by the player. After watching players tinker with the new drift upgrades, the common refrain I’m hearing from experienced drifters is that the new upgrades making getting into a slide easier than ever yet, at the same time, maintaining that drift is more challenging. It’s also cool to see an read stories of players who wouldn’t normally consider themselves drifters now popping into the drifter lobbies in multiplayer to give the new features a go. You know, “kill all tires” and all that!
Track Limits & Time Attack
Along with drift updates, one of the most requested features from the Forza community has been fixing track limits in the game. The August update does just that, completely rewriting limits across all track ribbons in the game. Notable tracks that have improved with this update include Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, and Monza, to name just a few.
Updated track limits are a first step in implementing the Forza Race Regulations system, which is still under development. We introduced Track Limits first for a reason; to give players time to learn the new definition of “clean” laps across all tracks, with no threat of penalty (beyond the track being labeled “dirty). Expect to hear more about Forza Race Regulations in the coming months as we get closer to its release.
With new track limits defined, it was the perfect time to introduce Time Attack mode into the game. With Time Attack, we’ve created a brand-new home for hot-lappers, with dedicated leaderboards across every track ribbon, including weather and night versions of tracks. As we noted in our August Update announce, we’ve made weather and night conditions static to provide a consistent experience for hot-lappers.
Formula Drift Car Pack
On Monday we aired our August episode of “Forza Monthly” and, in addition to spending a great deal of the show outlining the awesomeness of the August update for Forza 7, we also revealed the full list of cars that are part of the Formula D Car Pack. As a reminder, the Formula Drift Car Pack is available to players who digitally pre-order Forza Horizon 4, and the cars will be delivered in both Horizon 4 (at launch) and Forza Motorsport 7 (this fall).
Here’s all the cars coming to the Formula Drift pack:
1989 Formula Drift BMW 325i
1995 Formula Drift #118 Nissan 240SX
1996 Formula Drift #232 Nissan 240SX
1997 Formula Drift #777 Nissan 240SX
2006 Formula Drift Dodge Viper SRT10
2015 Formula Drift #13 Ford Mustang
2016 Formula Drift #530 HSV Maloo Gen-F
If you can’t get enough of the Formula D Car Pack, make sure you tune into this weekend’s Formula Drift event from St. Louis at formulad.com/live. We’ll be debuting the trailer for the Formula Drift Car Pack during Saturday’s halftime show broadcast, which will start approximately at 2:30 p.m. Pacific.
If you missed Monday’s episode of “Forza Monthly” check out the full replay here:
New Multiplayer Lobbies
Alongside the August update, we’ve introduced a number of new multiplayer hoppers to Forza Motorsport 7, designed to give new players a gentle introduction into the world of online multiplayer in the game. Here’s a look at these new hoppers:
Principles of Speed – Get competitive with others around the world. Collisions are turned off and the following cars are available: BMW #55 BMW RLL Z4 GTE, BMW 56 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, and the Audi R8 V10 plus.
Multiplayer 101 – Collisions are turned off and all assists are available, including Super Easy Steering, Super Easy Braking, and Friction Assist. Use this lobby to become familiar with driving against other players online.
Multiplayer 102 – All races in this hopper have weather scenarios and all assists are available.
And if you were paying close attention to our August Update Release Notes, you noticed that we fixed an annoying issue in the ABCS multiplayer hopper where players would stay in the same class race after race. After the update, players will now switch between classes after each race which, as we all know, is the way the gods intended ABCS to be played!
FM7 #Forzathon Events
New #Forzathon events are here in Forza 7 and, this week, we’ve got events designed to inject some credits into Forza players’ wallets. In addition to events with cars on the line, we’ve got a couple of new events with some large amounts of credits available as rewards. With cars being unlocked in July, the goal is to give players more credits to work with in the game so they can drive the cars they want. There’s more variety this month as well – with events challenging players to complete races in Time Attack, winning a race in a specific division, and more.
New League Season – Hard Charging
A new League Season starts this weekend! The “Hard Charging” season begins in Series 1 with a fun set of events featuring cars from the Sport Compact and Open-Wheel Legends divisions, and more. Take a look:
EVENT 01 – Ghost – Sport Compact
EVENT 02 – Simulation – Open-Wheel Legends
EVENT 03 – Spec Ghost – 2014 Jeep Cherokee
EVENT 04 – Class Sim – A Class
FH3 #Forzathon – The Dark of the Night
How about a new Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 for your Forza Horizon 3 garage? That’s just one of the potential rewards up for grabs in this week’s #Forzathon series, “The Dark of the Night.” Take a look:
Good news and bad news on today’s Forza Streaming front. The good news is, we will have an episode of #ForzaFriday today, hanging out and playing Forza 7 together. The bad news? We’ll be kicking off the show a bit later than usual, at around 4 p.m. Pacific. With that in mind, we’ll extend a bit beyond our normal stopping time of 5 p.m. and I hope you can join me for our weekly wrap-up show on the official Forza Mixer channel. See you then!