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Forza Motorsport Week In Review 9-20-13

Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 20, 2013

Chills. Every time. That’s what I get when I watch “Forza Filmspeed”, the new Forza Motorsport 5 commercial which was unveiled to the world this past Thursday:



Longtime Forza fans might remember our “Endangered Species” commercial for Forza Motorsport 4. Shot in Uruguay and featuring some spectacular driving (as well as Jeremy Clarkson’s distinctive narration), I thought it was the finest Forza-related video I’d ever seen. Until now. Produced in conjunction with pro driver Tanner Foust and director Jeff Zwart, Xbox has created “Forza Filmspeed,” a project that aims to tell the story of the innovation found in Forza Motorsport 5 through innovation itself: by building the world’s fastest camera car (aka the McLaren MP4-12C, kitted out with thousands of dollars’ worth of HD camera equipment, and letting Foust drive the car around Barber Motorsports Park to create a one-of-a-kind zoetrope animation featuring in-game stills of Forza Motorsport 5.


A wondrous marriage of creativity and technology, the result speaks for itself. However, if you want to know more about how “Forza Filmspeed” was created, you can check out three excellent behind-the-scenes documentaries on the making of the film. First, here’s a look at the vision behind the Filmspeed project:



If your goal is to create the world’s fastest camera car, you don’t use a Chevy Nova (sorry, Bow Tie fans). In fact, we had only one car in mind for this project; here’s a look at the MP4-12C and how it was modified for the Filmspeed shoot:



There’s no digital trickery in “Forza Filmspeed” – the stills that are brought to life in the zoetrope animation are the result of carefully panned placement of the frames themselves, the precise shutter speeds of the cameras doing the filming, and some skillful driving on behalf of Foust, who was required to get the MP4-12C up to some very specific speeds on the track. Here’s a look at the complex combination of math and creativity that it took to get the Filmspeed magic to work:



Finally, posted a cool article on Thursday (along with an accompanying video) explaining the zoetrope itself, a technique that has been around for more than 100 years, but has never looked like this. Now that we’ve taken you guys behind the scenes of the “Forza Filmspeed” project, it’s worth noting that you’ll be seeing the film on TV in the very near future, depending on where you live. Stay tuned.


Now, on with the Week in Review!


Forza Motorsport 3 DLC Update

Some of you might have noticed that Forza Motorsport 3 DLC content is no longer available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Forza 3 has been officially “end-of-lifed”, which means that we will no longer sell DLC content for it, as was the case with Forza Motorsport 2 before it. Of course, any Forza 3 DLC content you have paid for and currently have installed on your Xbox 360 will still be accessible to you for as long as you continue to play the game. Thanks for your understanding.


Forza Horizon photo mission 45 winner from MysteriousPixel


GameStop Spanish Store Managers Conference

A couple of weeks back, our UK community manager Ian Webster took a trip to Spain to show off Forza Motorsport 5. Here’s his report from the trip:


“I wouldn’t call the life of a community manager glamorous exactly, but there can be the odd occasion when the job can definitely have its perks, as I recently had the privilege of flying out to Valencia, Spain, to help demo Forza Motorsport 5 at the GameStop Spanish regional conference. These regional conferences tend to happen once a year, and are held by GameStop to give their store managers a chance to learn more about and try out first hand some of the major titles they’re going to be stocking on their shelves in the coming months.


“As this was my first GameStop conference this might not be the norm, but at this particular conference each of the major publishers and platform holders was given a room in which they could set up their titles, and in the Microsoft room we had an amazing selection of upcoming Xbox One titles -- including Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Killer Instinct, and Kinect Sports Rivals -- for the Gamestop employees to try out. To give you an idea of what things looked like, here’s a pic of our Forza 5 setup, and another one of the whole room during the event, as you can see, it got pretty busy.



“Just like it did at E3, gamescom, and PAX, the game went down an absolute storm with everyone who played it, and once the conference was over, we discovered to our great delight that despite some intense competition Xbox One was voted “Best Console”, and Forza Motorsport 5 “Best Racer”, which put massive smiles on our faces during the flight back home to the UK and signaled a job well done!



“I had a great time in Valencia even if it was just a flying visit, and being able to represent Turn 10 and demo Forza 5 to all these store managers was a great experience for me. In fact I hear that there’s another GameStop conference happening soon in Italy… Hmm, I wonder if they’ll need any help demoing Forza Motorsport 5 for that…”


Forza 5 On Tour

Thanks Ian! So you might have missed Forza 5 in Spain, but there are still opportunities to check out the game in the coming weeks. Earlier this week, Major Nelson made appearances in two separate Microsoft Retail Stores locations in the Boston area, showing off the Xbox One and letting people getting their hands on games like Killer Instinct and Forza Motorsport 5. Major’s Road to Launch tour will continue next month, with stops in Orlando (Oct. 22), and Edmonton (Oct. 26). For more, check out the story on Major’s site.


If you are in Texas and, specifically at this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, you can get your hands on Forza Motorsport 5 as well. You can find the game at the Audi tent where we’ll also be running contests with Forza Motorsport 4 all weekend long. And if you happen to be at this weekend’s race, we’d love to see any pictures you guys take from the track. Let us see them in the Week in Review forum thread.


Finally, if you are attending next week’s Eurogamer Expo, Forza Motorsport 5 will be on hand at the show! In fact, on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. local time, Turn 10’s own Dan Greenawalt will be giving a presentation on Forza 5; an ideal opportunity for fans to see the latest on the game. So, you know, be there!


Forza Horizon photo mission 45 second place from Sir Boxumhat


Scavenger Hunt

“This symbolic raptor welcomes all visitors to what is likely to be Forza Horizon’s sole taxidermist.”


Take a photo of your favorite Raptor with a scavenger hunt livery in front of this unique location for your shot at a unicorn of choice.


Could I possibly stump you this week? I doubt it, but this may the toughest I have come up with yet. Details people, it’s in the details.



The Forza Motorsport 5 Showroom Is Coming

We’ve heard the feedback. You want more Forza 5 information. And, starting next week, you’re going to be getting more. A lot more, in fact. Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 25, we’ll be unveiling “The Forza Motorsport 5 Showroom” here on the site, where we’ll be announcing the cars that will be playable in Forza Motorsport 5. Each Wednesday we’ll reveal a new batch of awesome cars until we complete the full car list in November. And of course, follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get even more on the awesome car lineup in Forza Motorsport 5.


For those of you who can’t wait until Wednesday, here’s a quick couple of clues for you to ponder until The Forza Showroom opens its doors:


  1. If you love DSM, you will be happy to see this car.
  2. This car did not make $1 billion in three days. 


Any guesses as to which cars we’re referring to? Hit us up in the WIR thread and get ready for next week’s reveals. Until then, have a great weekend!