Forza Motorsport 8 – Release Date, News & More

author avatarJoe Terrell
10/22/202022nd October, 2020
Filed under Gaming Guides

As Microsoft drops the ‘8’ from the upcoming next-generation Forza Motorsport game, there are some profound changes ahead for the series, and we explain everything you need to know in this guide.

forza 8 release date


Forza Motorsport Introduction

It’s come as a shock to many gaming and motorsport enthusiasts that the latest game in the Forza Motorsport line-up is confirmed, and it’s titled precisely that – Forza Motorsport.

We’re unsure why Microsoft has opted to drop the ‘8’ from the title.

However, given the mediocre response that the seventh game of the series received, it’s no massive surprise that they’re likely opting for a fresh start to attempt to reboot the series.

With the franchise using their traditional numbering system for over fifteen years, they reached the seventh revision before returning to the same name as the original game, which launched in 2005.

There’s been no shortage of rumors online about what’s to come in the new ‘Forza 8’, and Microsoft has been frustrating fans of the series by remaining tight-lipped before the announcement of the recent trailer/teaser for the game.

Forza Motorsport Official Trailer

There’s no question that it’ll be the best looking racing game ever released, but will the all-important gameplay live up to expectations?

With the Forza Horizon series’ continued success, it’s somewhat stolen the limelight from its simulator-based Motorsport sibling in recent years.

Where Horizon takes to the streets and allows for an immensely entertaining arcade-style open-world street drifting experience, Forza Motorsport sticks to some of the better-known tracks around the world for a more intense approach.

Before introducing Horizon, if you wanted to enjoy what Forza had to offer, then the Motorsport series was your only option.

As the series progressed, the visuals of both the cars and the real-world circuits undisputably became increasingly impressive, but the gameplay and excitement somewhat lacked the flair that enthusiasts loved from the earlier games.

Many FM enthusiasts still believe that the fourth launch in the series, Forza Motorsport 4, was the best game that Turn 10 Studios created.

We feel that Microsoft has most likely heard these calls, and with the series somewhat losing its way after several disappointing revisions, it seems they’re taking it back to the drawing board.

With the launch of the brand-new Xbox Series X, this new powerhouse presents the perfect platform for them to do so.

Since its 2005 inception, fans have been provided a biennial game from Turn 10 Studios, and with Forza Motorsport 7 releasing in 2017, many expected to have had the eighth game arrive by now.

However, it’s not just Forza 8 that’s skipped its typical release. Forza Horizon 5’s release date is looking even further down the pipeline, with the last release in 2018.

A gap in releases often provides the perfect opportunity for a fresh start when it comes to games.

Rather than making minor improvements that we’ve witnessed in the most recent releases in the series, this presents an opportunity to carry out significant improvements.

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With the Creative Director of Forza Motorsport, Chris Esaki, confirming that the new Forza Motorsport game will “Go back to the series’ roots”, we genuinely hope that will be the case.

He continued to fire out more optimism for the fans, stating that the new game will be a “re-imagining of the franchise” and a “love letter to long-term fans of the series”.

It certainly sounds like they’re listening here!

With plenty of time to make something of the game, can they pull something extraordinary out of the bag?

Despite Xbox confirming that Forza Motorsport won’t be a launch title for the Xbox Series X, likewise with Gran Turismo with GT7 on the PS5, the future of motorsport gaming certainly looks exciting.


Forza Motorsport 8 Release Date

First things first, if you missed our intro, you may not know that Forza 8 is going back to its roots and returning to its original name of ‘Forza Motorsport’ for the next-gen.

There’s no confirmed release date for Forza Motorsport at the current time, with Phil Spencer stating that the game was still in “early development” in July, much to its fans’ disappointment.

Despite rumors that the game is due in February 2021, these appear to have been fake, which seems increasingly unlikely given that we would have expected a confirmed announcement by now.

To kill another fake rumor, we do know, for a fact, that Microsoft will not be using the new Forza Motorsport game as a launch title for their Xbox Series X console.

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Although this news may come across as disappointing to most, the positive is that the longer they spend on the game, the more impressive we expect the outcome. Sometimes it’s worth waiting a little while longer.

After all, we certainly don’t want a rushed release like Forza Motorsport 5, which was where many felt the series began to nosedive in terms of quality.

Turn 10 was still releasing updates for Forza Motorsport 7 until August 2019, before the Xbox Series X dev kits began rolling out in September, which is when they most likely had a real opportunity to begin working on Forza Motorsport.

Working on the basis that they typically spend two years working on a game, although they’ve had far longer in theory, it would mean that September 2021 could become a realistic ballpark for the release date.

This time of year is the usual release time for Forza games, with Horizon 4 launching in September 2019 and Forza Motorsport 7 in October 2017.

However, given the wildly uncertain current climate with the COVID-19 pandemic, it could potentially cause some significant hiccups with the Forza Motorsport release plans.

On top of this, many believe that Turn 10 Studios having to help with Halo Infinite may well have stalled the games’ development somewhat.

For this reason, we wouldn’t be hugely surprised if we don’t get to see the new game until 2022, and hopefully a demo before then, but we sure hope we’re wrong.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to purchase an Xbox Series X on launch day, you’ll have to opt for DIRT 5 if you’re looking to get your racing game fix.


Next-Gen Forza Motorsport Features

Turn 10 Studios have suggested that the next-gen Forza Motorsport game will offer something “unexpected”.

We’re unsure precisely what they’re referring to, but it’s certainly one way to get the rumor mill heating up!

When asked for further information on the subject, FM’s Creative Director Chris Esaki stated, “The overall product and where we’re going with it is so vastly a different and amazing experience”.

weathertech laguna seca

Whatever they’re hiding up their sleeve, we sure hope it involves some hugely positive changes for drifting.

We, alongside every other FM fan on earth, it would seem, need Fujimi Kaido back in our lives!

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that drifting hasn’t been at the forefront of their announcements, but we do not doubt that it’ll feature in their plans for the game.

In the meantime, here’s what we do know.

Ray Tracing

There’s no doubt that Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios are going to be focusing on graphics.

Although gameplay matters most to the fans, the creators have a point to prove by testing their brand new console benchmarks, and FM will undoubtedly be the perfect racing game to flaunt these.

Although the initial rumors claimed 4K at 120FPS with ray tracing, Phil Spencer provided the truth during the games’ introduction.

He confirmed that the game would receive native 4K resolution and ray tracing while running at 60FPS on the Xbox Series X.

Not sure what ray tracing is? Check out this fantastic explanation of this exciting new technology:

Fantasy Tracks

Turn 10 is working on providing fantasy tracks to the game, which gives us hope that Fujimi Kaido or an entirely fresh touge track may be looming. We can hope!

Tire & Suspension Changes

There appear to be many changes in the pipeline regarding tire and suspension for the next-gen Forza Motorsport.

The team has been doing in-depth research into tire behavior, such as tire strength and structures, and how tires and their compounds interact under different scenarios.

There’s also a lot of focus specifically on heat interaction with rubber, alongside its role with tire pressures and dynamic track temperatures.

Atmospheric pressure and air density are also said to play a role, which means that if we were to get a long touge track, it could alter the car’s feeling as the altitude changes.

They’ve also confirmed that they’re working on a new suspension model alongside the drastic tire changes.

These are hugely significant updates for drift fans since suspension and tires are two of the most critical factors.

We’re also pleased to see that Turn 10 isn’t focusing entirely on impressive visuals for the next-gen, and it appears they are taking a real quality over quantity approach, which is fantastic to hear.

Reworked AI

As far as we know so far, this is expected to use a similar approach to the highly-acclaimed Moto GP engine and hopefully resolve the AI gripes that fans have had from the recent games.

Improved Physics & Aerodynamics

Little is known on this so far, but there are undoubtedly many potential physics improvements that they can work on, especially when it comes to drifting. We’re excited to see where this leads.

Reworked Sound

Audiophiles will be glad to hear that footage of the team filming new engine sounds has surfaced online. Hopefully, we can expect better-than-ever car sounds.


Forza Motorsport Wish List

We all have our wish list for the new game, but here are some of the things we’d love to see.

Tracks – Real-World & Fantasy

We’ve mentioned how desperate we are to see the return of Fujimi Kaido, but it’s not the only thing that we’d love to see in the next Forza Motorsport game.

Turn 10 has dropped several hints that Fujimi may well make a return, and another former favorite, Sidewinder Proving Grounds, was also mentioned, but neither is yet confirmed.

What is confirmed is that fantasy tracks will be making a re-appearance, so it does give some hope that New York and Rally di Positano may make a re-appearance.

As for real-world tracks, we hope to see the likes of legendary tracks such as Motegi and Tsukuba making their return.

Career Mode Upgrades

Let’s face it, the FM career mode is somewhat dull, and the Forza Horizon storyline is quite a bit more interesting to follow, so we’re hoping they can improve on that for the next-gen.

We wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a more in-depth approach to race-management, similar to what they achieved in the recent F1 games.

Rally Racing

Given that DIRT 5 has the upper hand with a launch-day release, it doesn’t stop Forza Motorsport building on that and perhaps even releasing an even better in-game rally experience than DIRT has to offer.

Motorsport has so much more to offer than merely racing around tracks, and Horizon has proven just how much the team is capable of achieving.

We feel that rally/rallycross would make an excellent addition to the game, and the use of Unreal Engine 4 provides the perfect platform for off-road racing.

While we’re there, why not throw some epic trophy racing into the mix, too?

Sim Wheel Improvements

Those of you with a sim setup will undoubtedly agree that Forza Motorsport is shocking on a wheel, especially for drifting.

Other racing simulators such as Assetto Corsa have killed FM in this regard, and it’s time to play catch-up.

Oh, and for the love of God, please fix the shameful steering-lock when using the in-car camera – we’re not drifting F1 cars!

Improved Crash Physics

Other racing titles such as Project Cars 2 did a fantastic job with this, and realistic crash physics can often provide one of the most satisfying video game elements.

Branded Tires

One of the joys of the likes of Assetto Corsa is that you can mod the tires for real-world tire brands, with replicated compounds and physics, which make them feel like the real product.

FM has introduced some genuine brands into the games over the years, and we feel this could be a fantastic area for growth, particularly with their enhanced focus on tires this time around.

Improved Smoke Physics

With drifting simulators, having impressive smoke physics is fundamental.

When chasing or tandeming, there’s nothing quite like the element of mystery as you attempt to see through the smoke cloud of the car(s) in front.

Smoke enhancements are another popular Assetto Corsa mod, with many enthusiasts opting to implement natural-looking thick smoke clouds into their game.

More Upgrades & Aftermarket Brands

MOAR! We can never have too many car upgrades, and the more real-world aftermarket brands, the better.

We’d love to see a massive array of turbo and superchargerkits available, and we’d love for them to explore the true potential that the aftermarket tuning scene has to offer.

We’d love to be able to fit the real-world products that we own and use daily to our in-game replica drift cars.

We can’t deny that they’ve done an excellent job with implementing some new brands, but there’s still a long way to go, and there are so many potential opportunities out there.

Virtual Reality

Although this doesn’t seem to be a priority for Microsoft, they’re certainly missing out. There’s so much to explore in the VR realm.

It’s another aspect that Assetto Corsa has nailed, and so many gaming enthusiasts are using it to its full potential to provide the ultimate simulator racing experience.

We’ve moved on from clicking the left analog stick left and right, and we’d love to see this simulator game finally move with the times.


Forza Motorsport Car List

Since we’ve still got very little to go on, we can only mention what Microsoft teased in the trailer.

So, the confirmed in-game car list currently sits at just three cars:

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  • Apollo IE

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  • BAC Mono

car garage interior photo shoot

  • Mazda #70

confirmed in game cars poster

On top of that, if you’re eager-eyed when you watch the trailer, you may notice the Donkervoort D8 GTO on a poster, and we’re sure they wouldn’t show it if they hadn’t planned on including it in the game.

Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be a massively exciting list for drift fans but fear not, as we’ll undoubtedly be treated to more confirmations soon.


Forza Motorsport Track List

There’s no confirmation as to which tracks will feature in the upcoming game, as you may have guessed.

  • Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca features heavily in the trailer, so we would be shocked if that wasn’t the first confirmation.

  • Maple Valley Raceway

We’ve seen Maple Valley make a re-appearance in the test plays, which also makes it another good-as-confirmed sighting for the new game.


Forza 8 Common Questions

Since we’ve had so many questions about the upcoming Forza Motorsport title, we’ve put some of the most common ones here.

If you have any other questions about the game, then drop us a message, and we’ll respond and add it to this section.

Will Forza Motorsport 8 be on Xbox One?

There has been no confirmation from Microsoft yet that the game will feature on the Xbox One console.

It may present an opportunity for them to force enthusiasts to upgrade to their newest console to play the latest game.

Given the graphical and physics upgrades, combined with the fact it’s built explicitly for the Xbox Series X platform, we feel it’s unlikely they would put additional effort into their previous generation console, but it’s certainly not impossible.

Will Forza Motorsport 8 be on PC?

Both the PC platform and the Xbox Series X are confirmed to get gifted with the next-gen Forza Motorsport game.

If you’re planning to experience the game at its full potential, then you may well want to begin saving up for a GPU that has ray-tracing capabilities.

Forza Motorsport 8 Price

There’s no confirmed pricing yet, but we expect there to be several game editions, similar to the recent Horizon releases.

Based on current Xbox Series X game prices, we expect the standard edition’s price to be around $59.99, with the VIP edition(s) in the $119.99-region.

Will Forza Motorsport 8 be on Xbox Game Pass?

There are many rumors that the game will feature on Xbox Game Pass on the day of release, so this may well provide a tempting proposition to those that already invest in Game Pass or are considering doing so.


Conclusion

We’ve searched high and low to bring you everything you could need to know about the upcoming next-generation Forza Motorsport game, which will be available on both the Xbox Series X and PC platforms.

With the game opting for a fresh start, based on an entirely new platform, and not conforming to the traditional naming process they’ve had since the series’ initial launch in 2005, we’re eagerly anticipating this exciting new release.

With the Fujimi Kaido rumors looking more likely than ever and the team working on other ‘fantasy’ tracks, the future looks exciting for the Forza Motorsport series at present.

On top of that, the in-depth focus on suspension and tire upgrades will undoubtedly leave drift fans rejoicing with the potential that lies in store.

Although we don’t yet have a release date, we do not see this as a negative. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the Turn 10 team assisting with the Halo launch, we’d much prefer they spent time making this the epic reboot of the series that it deserves to be.

For those of you eager for a launch day racing game, DIRT 5 is looking fantastic, and we’re hoping it’ll keep fans ticking over until we receive further updates on the progress of the upcoming 8th Forza Motorsport game.

So, there we have it! We hope that we’ve covered everything you could want to know about the next-gen Forza Motorsport game in this guide.

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