Forza Week in Review 9-22-17
I’ve always dreamt of writing a novel and, today, I’ve done it, in the form of this super-massive edition of the Forza Week in Review. Today’s report has a ton of information about Forza Motorsport 7, including a look at homologation, a rundown of Forza Rewards at the FM7 launch, and much more. So, go grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle down for some in-depth Forza reading material.
Forza Motorsport 7 Demo Is Here
This week, Forza fans across the world got their first taste of Forza Motorsport 7, with the launch of the Forza 7 demo on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Featuring three driving experiences, this is a small taste of the racing excitement to come when the game launches beginning on September 29 (for Ultimate Edition owners). We also released our amazing launch trailer, which is a highlight reel of gorgeous cars and stunning racing action. Check it out:
Now, let’s take a look at a topic I know many of you are curious about and that I teased last week. It’s time to talk homologation!
Homologation & Forza Motorsport 7
With Forza Motorsport 7 we’re changing perceptions of what players expect from a racing game, whether you’re talking about hundreds of cars spanning decades of automotive history, dynamic track conditions that mean every race is a unique experience, all the way to how we convey the look, sound, and feel of driving cars at their limit. For longtime Forza fans, we’re going even deeper than that. Here, I’d like to spend some time talking about homologation in the game.
For Forza 7, our goal has been to ensure that any event in the game, be it in single player or online via Xbox Live, features a wide range of cars that are competitive with one another. Homologation is the process of upgrading or downgrading each car in the grid, using strict performance regulations that even the playing field and ensure that cars in the same division are always competitive with one another. This leaves the choice of which car to use not between a mere handful of “leaderboard cars” but rather puts that choice in the hands of the player and their individual preferences.
From the start, homologation is quite different from previous Forza Motorsport games. Like In the past, Car Class (and Performance Index) remains the backbone of the system. However, in previous Forza games, players had numerous ways to reach a class-based ceiling; for example, by boosting horsepower to absurd levels, even if the car was sitting on skinny tires. These became extreme boundary cases which made for extreme peaks and valleys in performance within any given class, and often lead to leaderboard cars. With Forza Motorsport 7 we’re challenging players to tune to homologation standards across multiple performance characteristics beyond Performance Index (PI). This approach naturally limits the most extreme boundary cases and therefore tightens the competitive set of cars.
All of the 700+ cars in the game fall into a specific division – for example, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is part of the “Exotic GT” division, while the 2017 Ford Focus RS falls into the “Modern Hot Hatch” division. Naturally these two cars represent different levels of performance and, as with all cars in Forza 7, any car can be upgraded and tuned to performance peaks that are far beyond their stock form.
Where homologation comes into play is when it’s time to go racing. In both the Forza Driver’s Cup single player campaign and in multiplayer events created by Turn 10, cars will be homologated to certain performance standards based on their division. These divisions can be applied in Free Play and Private Lobbies as well. These homologation standards will be across several performance characteristics – tire compound, tire width, horsepower, and Performance Index (PI). In order for a particular car to compete in a homologated event, it will need to meet the performance standards inherent to that event. For example an event in the Exotic GT series might allow only “Sport” tire compounds with a maximum tire width of 355, a maximum of 750 horsepower, and a PI ceiling of 800. While cars can and will fall under those performance caps, any build that exceeds those numbers will not be eligible to compete.
As an example illustrated by the screenshot above, I’ve been working on my 2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Super Sport, a car that is classified in the “Sport Touring Icons” division. The homologation restrictions for racing within that division call for a Street tire compound, with tire width not to exceed 305. In addition, there’s a horsepower cap of 500hp and an overall PI ceiling of 575. As you can see, my current build exceeds these homologation standards in three different areas – tire width, horsepower, and overall PI. While I can continue to build this car as I like, in order to race this Camaro within its homologated division, I’ll need to lower the tire width and remove the Racing Engine Block too.
Now, for those who aren’t expert tuners, we’ve made things easy to make sure that any vehicle you use can be easily brought up to competition standards. The quickest method is our new “auto-homologate” feature. With just a press of a button you can quickly and easily bring a vehicle up to spec and able to compete in a particular event. Even better, all the homologation-necessary parts are automatically included in the price of the car at purchase, meaning you won’t need to spend extra credits to go racing in your new ride.
For players who want some finer control over how they bring their car to homologation standards, you’ll always have a clear understanding of what the homologation restrictions are for an event, thanks to a handy screen that displays the event restrictions and your car’s current settings. You’ll have flexibility to adjust your car upgrades and you’ll get immediate feedback if your performance crosses an event’s threshold.
It’s important to note that homologation does not mean that all homologated cars will behave in precisely the same way. After all, this is Forza, and each car in the game will still feel completely unique in the way our fans expect. This includes highly complex characteristics such as chassis flex, suspension architecture, wheel-base, and moment of inertia. Indeed, certain cars within homologated events will be better for specific tracks (for example, think of speed tracks like Daytona and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where horsepower will be king). Homologation means that players will be able to have more cars to choose from within each division they play in. Instead of having a handful of “go-to” cars per class, now players are encouraged to build a garage full of event-specific rides just waiting for their turn on the track.
The introduction of homologation in Forza Motorsport 7 is an important evolution to our racing standards in Forza, and a feature that we believe all players will benefit from, regardless of their skill level and experience.
Did you know that you can earn rewards just for playing Forza games? Forza Rewards is our long-running loyalty rewards program, offering Forza players weekly credit rewards available on Forza Hub or on the Forza Rewards Web site. In addition, players can earn great content at the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, based on their Forza Rewards level. Before we get to the free stuff, let’s talk a bit about how Forza Rewards works with Forza Motorsport 7.
In Forza Rewards, every Forza player has a Tier level. Tier levels are attained by playing Forza games and achieving certain milestones (such as driving a certain number of miles or reaching a certain Driver Level). These feats earn you points for your Forza Score; the higher your Forza Score total, the higher your Tier level. As your Tier level increases, so too does the rewards you can earn in Forza games.
With the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, we’re adding a new Tier level (Tier 12), which will be worth a total of 3,000 Forza Score points. As always, beginning with Tier 2, players can redeem a weekly credit bonus in various Forza games. You’ll need to go to the Forza Hub app on Windows 10 or Xbox One, or head to the Forza Rewards Web site, to manually redeem your credits. Here’s a look at the weekly credit payouts in Forza Motorsport 7 per Tier:
|Tier||FM7 Weekly Credit Payout|
For the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, we’re also offering some awesome in-game bonus items based on each player’s Forza Rewards Tier Level, including Prize Crates, Badges, and Driver Gear suits. Here’s a detailed breakdown, plus a look at all of the awesome Forza-themed Forza Rewards suits that players can earn:
|Tier||Driver Suit||Badge||Cumulative Prize Crates|
|2||Forza Motorsport 7||Tier 2 Badge||1|
|3||Forza Horizon 3||Tier 3 Badge||2|
|4||Forza Motorsport 6||Tier 4 Badge||3|
|5||Forza Horizon 2||Tier 5 Badge||4|
|6||Forza Motorsport 5||Tier 6 Badge||5|
|7||Forza Horizon||Tier 7 Badge||6|
|8||Forza Motorsport 4||Tier 8 Badge||7|
|9||Forza Motorsport 3||Tier 9 Badge||8|
|10||Forza Motorsport 2||Tier 10 Badge||9|
|11||Forza Motorsport||Tier 11 Badge||10|
Note that all rewards listed above are cumulative. So, if you are Tier 4 at the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, you will receive the Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Horizon 3, and Forza Motorsport 6 driver suits, the Tiers 2-4 Badges, and 3 total Prize Crates. (Note that there are no Tier 12 rewards, as Tier 12 will not be possible to attain until the release of Forza Motorsport 7).
One additional note regarding Forza Rewards: Based on player feedback we have removed Token- and DLC-based milestones in Forza Rewards going forward, instead choosing to focus on feats that reward time invested in the game. Related, we have decided to retroactively reward maximum reward points for DLC and Token-based reward feats for players who have played each title. For example, if you played Forza Horizon 2 the DLC/Tokens feat scores will be automatically be maxed out. This will go for all Forza games you have played.
Xbox One Wheel List
Earlier this year we announced the full list of supported wheels for the PC version of Forza Motorsport 7. With the launch of the Forza 7 demo this week, we also announced our list of supported wheels for the Xbox One version of the game:
|Microsoft||Xbox One Controller||Gamepad|
|Microsoft||Xbox One Elite Controller||Gamepad|
|Microsoft||Xbox One S/X Controller||Gamepad|
Forza 7 Debut Livestream Coming September 27
Clear your schedules, Forza fans, because we’ve got the world premiere of the full game version of Forza Motorsport 7 coming your way on Wednesday, September 27. As we have with previous Forza games, we’ll be in the Forza studio playing Forza 7 in front of the world and showing off the single-player campaign, new features like our updated Mods system, Car Collecting, and of course showing off as many of the game’s 700+ cars as we can fit in the show. In addition, we’ll be welcoming Turn 10 employees from all over the studio as they join us in celebrating the launch of Forza Motorsport 7. The show kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific and will go all day and well into the evening. Join us on Mixer and Twitch for all the fun!
#Forzathon – Happy Anniversary
This week we’re celebrating one year of Forza Horizon 3 with our newest #Forzathon, dubbed “Happy Anniversary. Take a look:
In addition to one challenge using the Final Fantasy Regalia, this week’s events offer up the chance to win wheelspins, credits, XP, and that incredibly rare and coveted John Cooper Works GP Horizon Edition. Don’t miss this chance!
Forza 7 Virtual Key Contest
To celebrate the launch of Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and Windows 10 in just two short weeks, Xbox is offering fans in the U.S. a chance to enter to win their share of over $1 Million dollars in rewards. From instant win prizes like exclusive Forza Motorsport 7 Driver Gear DLC, VIP Memberships and the Hoonigan Car Pack, to sweepstakes for Patrol Tech Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controllers, $500 Gift Cards, and an Ultimate Game Delivery experience, there’s truly something for everyone.
How do you enter to win? It’s simple. From now until October 13th, head to Xbox Live Rewards to earn “virtual keys” that you can use to try and start the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’ engine. If you’re successful, you could win a prize on the spot. Unsuccessful? Don’t worry, keep on trying! You can earn extra keys by pre-ordering Forza Motorsport 7, by sharing the Virtual Key opportunity with friends, and even simply by visiting the Xbox Live Rewards site each day. In addition, every turn of the key is also an entry to win one of our sweepstakes items.
Our grand prize, courtesy of our friends at Porsche North America, is the Ultimate Game Delivery experience. The winner and two guests will receive an in-person delivery of Forza Motorsport 7 prize packages from a fleet of Porsche vehicles and drivers. Each of the three prize packages will include an Xbox One S Bundle, an Ultimate Edition copy of Forza Motorsport 7, and additional Xbox and Forza swag. After the delivery is complete, you’ll jump in Porsche passenger seats for a celebratory ride around town.
Heavy Metal Affliction – Formula Drift Ute Livery Contest
This week Heavy Metal Affliction tells the story of Aussie Formula Drift driver Josh Robinson and his 1,000 horsepower Holden Ute. Robinson’s journey across America destroying tires in the Pro 2 competition and meeting amazing people is just part of the coming to America story or the driver and his incredible ride.
Robinson is also hosting a livery contest. He has asked the Forza painting community to come up some options for him to use on his Ute. The winner will be debuted at SEMA at the end of October. This is a livery contest for Forza Motorsport 7 and will kick off with the launch of the game on October 3. Take a look at his post and get your creative juices flowing so you can submit a killer design.
#ForzaFriday – Goodbye Forza 6!
Finally this week, we’ve got one more edition of #ForzaFriday to go before we start streaming Forza 7. We’ll be bidding a proper goodbye to Forza Motorsport 6 today during our broadcast. Join us at 3 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch as we dedicate the show to Forza 6. One more Friday full of the racing game we fell in love with in 2015 and then it’s time to look ahead to racing in Forza 7. Let’s send it off in style. See you then!