Forza Motorsport: Release date, modes, tracks, more

Stephanie Zucarelli
cars lining up on track in Forza Motorsport

After almost seven years, Turn 10 Studios and Xbox Game Studios are ready for a new Forza Motorsport. With a massive overhaul of its game systems in store, here’s everything you need to know about Forza Motorsport including its release date, new modes, tracks, and more.

Forza Motorsport revealed a new edition that will attempt to captivate both die-hard fans and new players that want to dive into the universe of racing games. With innovative systems for car progression, 20 new environments, and an upgraded AI Dravatar technology, Microsoft are aiming to develop the “most technically advanced racing game ever made.”

Turn 10 Studios have promised to keep an intuitive car progression for what would be Forza Motorsport 8. According to Creative Director Chris Esaki, the studio wanted to make a racing game that feels more like an RPG game than just driving around for points to get collectibles.

Turn 10 Studios and Xbox Game Studios have been revealing news about Forza Motorsport on Forza Monthly’s official channel. Here’s everything that has been confirmed so far:

Forza Motorsport release date

Forza has promised that its new edition has overhauled their AI and NPC system.
Developers have confirmed that the newest Forza edition won’t run on Xbox One.

Turn 10 Studios have confirmed that Forza Motorsport will be released on October 10, 2023.

For players who are looking to buy the Forza Motorsport Premium Edition, they’ll receive 5 days of early access, which means an early release of October 5, 2023.

Every version will be available on Xbox Series X|S and PC, through Xbox Game Pass and Steam digital platforms.

Forza Motorsport new gameplay system

A car racing in Forza Motorsport at night time.
Forza Motorsport has updated its physics engine to enhance realism in each instance.

According to Forza Motorsport creative director Chris Esaki, Forza Motorsport has gone through a massive overhaul to make racing games intuitive for any type of player. “With the new car leveling system, the players can understand each car as it’s leveling in the track,” he explained.

The AI is also getting a massive overhaul. Instead of the usual Drivatar system that mimics your friend’s driving behavior, it’ll be based on machine learning. The AI will have knowledge of every turn in the track; as Chris Esaki said, “The computer drives each track 26,000 times to achieve the fastest line through every layout! Just like actual players, the AI also uses a lot more of the track—pushing out to the track limits and even onto the curbs.”

Even with all that, AI is still realistic enough to make mistakes. These mistakes will, however, be unscripted and natural, like breaking too late or going off-track. There are eight levels of AI difficulties, with the highest considered unbeatable by developers. 

Cars racing in Forza Motorsport
AI in Forza Motorsport will not have any cheats, hacks, or rubber banding.

Turn 10 have also said that it has improved its physics system and added selectable tire compounds, tire and fuel management, and a car-building mode to customize every mechanical aspect.

The new tires in Forza Motorsport have eight points of contact, which will make driving on uneven surfaces far more realistic than previous iterations. There is also an option for Street, Performance, Race, or Drag tires along with the Wet tire; each of them is further separated by compounds—Soft, Medium, and Hard. The physics will be different for each of them, with some wearing out quicker than others.

The new environment system will also include specific damage and dirt build-up and dynamic time of the day to affect the track grip and tire wear.

Forza Motorsport new modes

Each car can be customizable to face every track challenge.
Each new car part can be bought through Car Points and will upgrade specific car maneuvers.

Forza Motorsport will introduce the brand new Builders Cup, a game mode where players will have to focus on car progression. Just like in RPGs, each driver will have to grind their car to obtain specific points to level up the mechanics needed to dominate the track.

The Builders Cup will start with a Practice Session with specific goals to achieve, so players can get a better understanding of their car and what changes need to be made to make it the best out on the track.

There are over 800 different car parts that can be obtained through leveling up. Whenever a race is finished, users will be able to assign Car Points to get them and will be able to re-assign them later if they wish.

Car Points will let players buy Car part rewards.
Each car part can be bought with Car Points and will add specific traits to the vehicle.

Forza Motorsport will also come with the new Challenge The Grid mode, where players can design their own challenges, and set specific settings to get a higher payout for winning them. Of course, harder challenges mean more car points to spend later.

What cars are in Forza Motorsport?

As players can imagine, this new edition of Forza Motorsport will have a large catalog of real car models, including modern race cars, with over 500 different cars in total. Each one will be customizable as players compete in different challenges. Although Turn 10 Studios hasn’t confirmed the entire list so far, we do have an extended list of confirmed vehicles in Forza Motorsport.

Forza Motorsport new tracks

Forza Motorsport has rebuilt every track for this new edition.
Forza Motorsport introduced 20 dynamic environments where everything can impact the race.

While Turn 10 hasn’t revealed a full list of tracks it was confirmed by the developers that Forza Motorsport will have 20 tracks at launch. There will be multiple layouts, including five tracks that players have never seen before.

Each track also has 20 dynamic environments, where the time of day, weather, temperature, and living crowds change drastically along the race. Here are the tracks that are going to be released at launch:

  • Virginia International Raceway
  • Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
  • Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
  • Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans (Le Mans)
  • Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
  • Hakone Circuit
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Laguna Seca Raceway
  • Maple Valley
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Silverstone Circuit
  • Suzuka Circuit

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Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].