While most of the news over the weekend will have been about the latest Forza Horizon 4 update and its new achievements, Forza Motorsport fans didn't miss out on good news either. In the latest edition of Forza Monthly, Turn 10's Creative Director, Dan Greenawalt, joined the show to reveal they've begun work on a new Forza game and the community will be involved in its development.
Forza Motorsport 7 has continued to receive updates more than a year after its release, but now the majority of the team will be shifting focus to the concept stage of a new game. The fact that there's a new Forza game in development should not be a surprise seeing as the franchise has settled into an annual release cycle, and this year should be the turn of a new Forza Motorsport. However, with the game only just beginning to hit the concept phase, the chances of it being released in time for late September/early October 2019 are a bit slim, and there's every chance the game will be heading for a 2020 release window instead.
Regardless of its release window, what is new is the increased inclusion of the community in its development. While development processes have changed over the years anyway, Greenawalt stated they're trying to involve the community in the game's development at a much earlier stage than before. This includes player interviews, Skype conferences, and Discord consultations right from the concept stage of the game, as well as focus groups that the studio can visit. It may even mean early rollouts of the game. The team now wants the new game's development to be player led, with far more collaboration between developers and players. Finding out players' core motivation, what they like from other games and what they find frustrating, and even why they play the Forza games in the first place are all important factors.
This doesn't mean that Forza Motorsport 7 will be forgotten, though. There are still updates to arrive for the game, such as Forza Race Regulations to make online play more enjoyable, which will include both private and public betas. There will also be more in store for the eSports side of the game, as well as more general game updates.
You can see the stream in full below. It begins at 4:50 with a trailer, while the stream itself begins at 5:21. If you want to skip to the Dan Greenawalt interview, that begins at 1:34:57.
As soon as we hear any more news on the new game or any of the Forza Motorsport 7 updates, we'll be sure to let you know.
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