Forza 5 Cloud Features Explained

By Michelle Balsan, 3 years ago
We're beginning to get a much clearer picture (well, we literally saw some pictures recently, but that's not quite what we mean) of what we can expect to see from Turn 10 Studios' upcoming Xbox One launch title, Forza Motorsport 5. One of the many features that we've been awaiting more details on is the cloud functionality used within the game. Though we have heard a few words on the cloud before, we now have more details to share with you.

- The cloud allows the team to move learning AI into the cloud and act more like big data – or, act less like AI and more like real people. This brings AI closer to how real players drive. Your worlds can evolve based on your, and others’, actions. This means you can create your own game based on your behaviors. And the cloud learns from the entire world – as more people play the game, it learns new behavior and the team can incorporate behavior that wasn’t predicted – like driving three abreast around a corner or faking people out. Ultimately, the system you race on launch day is different than the system you race one or two week later.

- The cloud enables a conversation between the "Forza" team and their community, which is at the heart of "Forza Motorsport 5." Through the cloud, the "Forza" team can add new challenges, new achievements and let the community vote with their actions. So if drag racing is a hit with the community, for example, the team can add more challenges.

- The cloud helped the team totally revamp Drivatars, where the system looks at how you drive and your behavior, brings it up to the cloud, crunches numbers, builds a profile, and builds an Avatar that races for you around the world and against your friends and family. The Drivatar gives you a report when you boot up so you can see the amazing action that happened when you stepped away. You literally never stop playing and you never race alone because other Drivatar’s are always there to race against.
If that wall of text seems a little daunting to you, a video has also been released with Turn 10 Creative Director Dan Greenawalt, who discusses the cloud in Forza 5.

Forza Motorsport 5 will be released sometime this November.
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.