Despite Forza Motorsport 5 being a launch title for the next generation of console gaming, rumours are suggesting we won't see many revolutionary game mechanics in Turn 10 Studio's upcoming racing game.
According to a member of the NeoGAF forums (who, in turn, cites the information from a live stream that was broadcasted on Twitch), Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt is claimed to have said that FM5 will retain the franchise's tradition of not having any weather effects, whilst the in-game Auction House appears to have been removed entirely.
A tad odd, if you ask us, given the game will only be available on a console that has a rather heavy focus on online connectivity...
It also seems that FM5 won't be adopting the time transition feature that first debuted in the Xbox-exclusive series last year in Forza Horizon.
Not all the claims revolved around the cull or absense of features, though: whilst it's apparently not possible in Forza Motorsport 5 to bid for cars or by tunes and liveries through the Storefront anymore, a new system will be in place that'll reward the original creator, based on how many times it's used by other gamers.
Other recent features to the Forza franchise will also be given an update in FM5: Dan Greenawalt suggested the texture renders used in the game can be applied to the exterior of cars, which (if true) will allow players to finish their cars in materials such as bare carbon fibre without having to spend hours in the Livery Editor.
The 'Forzavista' function will now also cover all the cars in Forza Motorsport 5, rather than just the 26 cars that could be experienced in the 'Autovista' mode in FM4.
The fact Turn 10 has confirmed the vocals of Richard Hammond and James May will be featured alongside Jeremy Clarkson's in FM5 also hints at the possibility of the Top Gear trio being able to (as stated on the official Forza Motorsport website) "share their automotive insights" via Forzavista commentary.
At this moment in time, we haven't seen any official gaming news outlet report on this at time of writing, so this isn't 100% verified or confirmed by Microsoft or Turn 10 Studios. However, we would like to know what you make of these rumoured decisions - do they appeal to you, or do you think they're a step back for the series? Do let us know in the comments section below.