Turn 10 Studios showed up during the Xbox Developer Direct event to showcase its eighth and latest installment in the Forza series. Forza Motorsport is the upcoming open-world simcade racer that was showcased as a cinematic trailer during the event.
The trailer focused mostly on the new technological advancements and the visual enhancements made to the game. The showcase also captivated the audience throughout as the developers claimed Forza Motorsport will feature over 500 cars (100 of which are new to the Forza franchise) with over 800 unique upgrades. The game will also feature up to 20 track environments with dynamic weather effects.
Despite all the talk, fans are worried due to the lack of gameplay and release date during the showcase. Forza Motorsport was the only game without a release date, leaving players concerned about the state of the game.
The game was initially slated to come out later this year, but it looks like Turn 10 Studios has revised its initial release window to a much later date, according to a reliable industry insider, Jeff Grubb.
Grubb appeared on his latest Game Mess Decides Podcast, discussing Forza Motorsport's potential delay to the second half of the year.
Grubb stated, "It does seem that Forza is going to slip later into the year. And probably won't be the first half of the year. The timeframe I'm hearing for Forza is Q3, maybe even a little bit later than that." Grubb has good connections, and his words are reliable. The release window seems to be shifted to the third quarter of the year, which could be between July and September.
I think the actual release is still fluctuating. But don't be surprised if it ends up missing the first half. https://t.co/LPa0z68zIh
— Grubb (@JeffGrubb) January 27, 2023
Forza Motorsport was originally confirmed to be in early development during the summer of 2020. But, Xbox has been marketing the game since last year, which has caused fans to have higher expectations.
Forza Motorsport received a spring 2023 release window during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase last June. Forza fans were over the moon to hear that, and Turn 10 Studios showed up to the Xbox Developer Direct event, with fans assuming they would get a glimpse of the gameplay.
Unfortunately, players didn't get what they hoped for. Instead, Turn 10 Studios didn't announce any release dates. The only thing left on the final screen was "2023", without the 'spring.' This further corroborates what Grubb mentioned in his podcast.