Forza Motorsport Week in Review 6-19-15
Forza Motorsport 6
Folks, what can I say? This has been a tremendous E3 for Forza fans and for us here at Turn 10. In the weeks leading up to E3, it’s always the same – months of hard work, time spent worrying over the finest details, tens of thousands of man hours working to build the most complete, polished experience possible. Then a handful of us arrive in Los Angeles and get to show off the hard work of hundreds of dedicated folks behind the scenes. And, in a matter of just a single week, all that hard work is justified.
Before we go any further, let’s start this edition of the Week in Review with a quick recap of E3 week. While the show doesn’t start for Forza until Monday morning’s Microsoft Press Briefing, the work behind the scenes was in motion last week. From setting up the Briefing stage and prepping the Ford GT for its spotlight moment, to meeting with the press and setting up our E3 booth, the workload was massive but the payoff was worth it. Here’s how it went down:
We kicked off Monday morning with the Microsoft Press Briefing, which featured a rundown of all the latest Xbox news, new game announcements and, for Forza fans, their first glimpse of Forza 6. IF you missed it, here’s the Forza spot in its entirety:
From that history of Ford racing video, featuring all that classic racing footage from the Ford vaults, to the unreal sight of the 2017 Ford GT dropping from the ceiling, to seeing Henry Ford III sharing the stage with Turn 10’s own Dan Greenawalt, the whole presentation was enough to send chills up the spine of any Forza fan’s spine.
And how about that trailer? From the glory of Rio to the pouring rain of Brands Hatch – the Forza 6 E3 trailer is another masterwork from the talented folks of the Turn 10 Media Team. Seeing the car blast those 3D tirewalls at the end gets me every time…
Monday night was spent at the Microsoft Showcase event, where press and VIPs were among the first in the world to get their hands on Forza 6 for the first time, including our custom triple-screen hydraulic experience. You can read more about the E3 demo, which featured three tracks and four cars in the write-up we put up on Tuesday. This was the largest Forza Motorsport E3 demo we’ve ever done and it showed on the faces of every fan who played it.
The rest of the week was spent letting fans get up close and personal with Forza Motorsport 6. Thanks to the Elite controllers we had at our eight kiosks, and the two triple-screen setups, we enjoyed tons of fans coming by the booth, even lining up before the E3 show opened for the day. And Forza was everywhere – in addition to our booth, you could find Forza outdoors, thanks to a Ford booth which featured the brand new Ford Shelby GT350R and the new Ford Focus RS (a personal favorite!) In addition, Forza Horizon 2 was representing as well, thanks to a competition being held by our friends at Mazda (more on that in bit).
The response to Forza Motorsport 6 has been amazing. From members of the Forza community who were on-hand at the booth (including an appearance from the community’s own Raceboy77!) to the media, it’s great to see the amount of excitement that has built up for the game. Here’s a selection of stories and quotes from the past week for your reading enjoyment:
Forza 6 is exactly what you want: a faster, prettier Forza with rain and night driving – The Verge
“With each successive (and successful) Forza Motorsport title, developer Turn 10 wades slowly and deliberately through the uncanny valley of car simulation.”
“In one scene, a crashing car impacts a wall of tires, which start flying over the track. Destructible environments aren't new, but it looks like Turn 10 is taking it to another level here.”
Forza Motorsport 6 Rains on Exactly Zero Parades – IGN
“The Forza series' biggest problem is that it has no problems. Literally every single Forza game has ranged from great to frickin' fantastic. It is now the definitive simulation racing series in the world -- there's no disputing that -- and every year it must leap over the lofty bar that Forza itself sets. After a quick race in Forza Motorsport 6, it seems to be on the right track to doing just that. Again. Ho-hum.”
“I don't envy Forza's position every year of having to try and fire up fans for a game that, according to its track record, is almost guaranteed to be at the top of its class. But I sure do appreciate it.”
Forza Motorsport 6 Makes Splashes at E3 2015 – GameSpot
“Turn 10 Studios are ambitiously aiming to master rain in Forza Motorsport 6. We're not about your standard issue downpour in a racing game with superficial weather effects. It's more about drops of water beading on a triple-waxed chassis, the smears from a swing windshield wiper, and how large drops of water elongate as you accelerate. It's striking to see this play out in real time that it's almost distracting. This might be the first Forza game I play where I genuinely won't care that I'm not in first place.”
Here’s Your First Look at the Realistic Dreamworld that is Forza 6 -- Jalopnik
“Don’t have enough mountains of cash on hand to buy a brand-new 2016 Ford GT? Well then Forza 6 is as close as you’re going to get. Not only is it the car on the cover, but in true Forza tradition it makes racing look gorgeous.”
Glen Wigmore - Operation Sports
“Racing through rainy Nurburgring in a blue Audi felt truly immersive, especially in Forza's superlative cockpit mode. The sound design remains an aural treat, as the engine being muffled by the beading rain on the window is really something. All of this comes together in a tactile sense as well, with the impulse triggers rumbling as the tires slip on the water while you fly around the track.”
Colin Campbell - Polygon
“I play the demo. Night does feel somehow different. It's much more difficult to drive than daytime. Rain is a genuine hazard. I drive around Rio in the Ferrari. Beautiful place. Beautiful car.”
Matthew Kato - Game Informer
“Water on the course and under your tires may not be exactly what you want when you're trying to race at high speeds and not go barreling into the safety tires, but as a gamer, it's a welcome challenge that looks great and adds a wrinkle to the driving experience.”
Mazda Contest Winners
What started as a purchase of Forza Horizon 2 has turned into an all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata for Forza Community member David Goss (aka TPR Blazer) of Clayton, Missouri. This week Goss defeated Colton Miller from Indiana in a head-to-head match in Forza Horizon 2 sponsored by Mazda and Xbox, and winning a brand new 2016 Mazda MX-5in the process. While Goss defeated Miller in the competition, Mazda chose to surprise Miller and present both participants with a 2016 Mazda MX-5.
“We’d like to say congratulations to David and Colton as we know they spent many hours behind the ‘virtual wheel’ leading up to E3 in anticipation of the big race,” said Eric Watson, director of marketing, MNAO. “They both spent so much time preparing for this event that we didn’t want one of them going home empty handed.”
The Mazda MX-5 Challenge began in March 2015 and gave players the opportunity to compete for their very own 2016 MX-5. After downloading the car through the free Mazda MX-5 Car Pack in Forza Horizon 2, players were required to play in the appropriate ‘Rival Mode’ event on the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Track. The two players with the fastest times were flown to Los Angeles to compete in Tuesday’s head-to-head race.
Congratulations to both David and Colton! Now, let’s see some pictures of those new roadsters!
On Tuesday we posted all the latest news on Forza Motorsport 6 – a big story on all the amazing features we announced at E3, a story detailing all of the pre-order information, as well as a story on our Forza Rewards offers, which will give longtime Forza players different rewards – both cars and credits – based on their history with Forza games. We’ve got cars based on your Forza Rewards Tier level, cars for VIP membership in Forza, as well as credits you can earn (up to 25 million credits in fact!) based on the size of your garages in various Forza games.
I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions we’ve seen in the forums about this Rewards system for Forza 6. First of all, the Tier Level Reward cars are not exclusive to the Tiers. In other words, you can still earn that 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (Tier 6 reward) in the game, even if you aren’t a Tier 6 who will get the car for free. Our Loyalty Rewards system is designed to give our most active players access to awesome cars early – but these cars won’t be walled off from the rest of the community.
Second, the Car Collectors Bonus credit rewards we are offering is a completely separate bonus from the monthly credit rewards we give out as part of Forza Rewards. Furthermore, there is no “banking” monthly credits rewards – once the month passes, those credits go away and you can only redeem the rewards for your current month.
And finally, there has been some confusion over the existence of an additional Tier level (Tier 8) in Forza Rewards and how the point scoring system will work. As I mentioned in the Loyalty Rewards story, we are adding additional Forza Rewards Tiers ahead of the launch of Forza 6. To coincide with that, we will also be refactoring our scoring system a bit and, as a result, many Forza players will be receiving an automatic Tier level upgrade. We will have a full rundown of the updated Forza Rewards system in the coming weeks as we prepare to roll it out. As always thanks for the questions and your interest in Forza Rewards!
This was just too incredible not to share. Someone made a Grand Theft Auto version of the Forza Motorsport 6 trailer and they didn’t cut any corners. Incredible editing meets awesome comparisons to the world of GTA.
For an even more epic experience watch them side-by-side on YouTube doubler compliments of VoodooUomo.
Well, now’s the time to take the weekend off. I’d like to thank all the fans who came by the Xbox booth to see the game this week. And if you missed us at E3, fear not, we’ll be bringing Forza 6 to other shows throughout the year. And, not long after that, it will be September 15 and we’ll all be playing the game together! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be revealing more about Forza 6, including rolling out our massive list of cars and tracks. Stay tuned and we’ll see you next week!