Microsoft and Turn 10 have announced Forza Motorsport 6.
Announced late last night during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, little is known about Turn 10’s latest addition to the popular racing simulation series. There’s not even any gameplay footage to go on – we’ll have to wait until E3 in June for that. 2015 may have only just begun, but it seems that Microsoft is determined to steal an early lead for the hearts and minds of console gamers this year.
What we do know is that the new Ford GT will take pride of place as the showpiece vehicle this time around, following the focus on the McLaren P1 in promotional materials for 2013 installment Forza Motorsport 5. In fact, Ford’s lineup of performance cars seems to be taking pride of place in the sixth iteration, with both the Shelby GT350 Mustang and the F-150 Raptor – announced alongside the game – set to feature.
Dan Greenwalt, creative director at Turn 10, had this to say: “Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers.”
The most recent Forza game was, of course, last year’s excellent spin-off Forza Horizon 2, which transplanted the more traditional track-racing gameplay to a mediterranean open-world setting. Maddy Richards reviewed the game for Continue Play, awarding it a stellar 9/10.
“As an arcade racing experience and a successful sequel to what was already a fantastic game, Forza Horizon 2 is almost perfect,” Maddy wrote in his Forza Horizon 2 Review. “I don’t usually consider myself a fan of racing games, but I now consider myself a big Forza Horizon fan.”
Forza Motorsport started off back on the original Xbox in 2005; Forza Motorsport 6 therefore marks the tenth anniversary of the hugely popular series, which is essentially the Xbox’s answer to Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series on PlayStation systems.