News Drifting and track limits overhaul coming to Forza Motorsport 7 on 8th August

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James Allen

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Game: Forza Motorsport 7

Platform: PC, XBox One

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Forza Motorsport 7’s drifting and track limits systems have been comprehensively reworked, as part of the game’s August content update.

Described as one of the largest updates to the game to date in the most recent “Forza Monthly” livestream, Forza Motorsport 7’s latest major update introduces the track limits system that was first discussed by developer Turn 10 Studios in May 2018.

As part of the update, track limits on every circuit layout in Forza Motorsport 7 have been reset, with new HUD assist options now clearly showing to players where the boundaries are. To complement the new system, a ‘time attack’ mode will be added, which will consist of open leaderboards for every car class and track layout combination in the game.

Due to these changes, lap times set in Forza Motorsport 7 before the August update’s release will now no longer be eligible for the leaderboards. Turn 10 Studios did stress, however, that existing times will be archived – suggesting lap times set with the old track limits system could still be classifiedin-game, albeit as as “dirty” laps.

In addition to the track limits, the drifting mechanics in Forza Motorsport 7 have also been given a thorough makeover, with arguably the biggest change being a new scoring algorithm that determines a score based the speed and angle of the drift and how closely it adheres to the racing line. Light contact such as wall taps will also no longer invalidate a drift score, and the removal of drift zones will mean players can attempt to chain drifts together around the entire track.

To aid players with the new system, a drift suspension upgrade and tuning options will be part and parcel of the update. Perhaps the main perk of the setup is the ability to adjust the steering angle of the car – allowing players to, on paper, catch slides more easily and hold higher drift angles for longer.

Rounding off the update will be an array of in-game events and challenges for players to participate in across the month. A new ‘spotlight car’ in the form of the Aston Martin AMR1 racing car will be added too, with all players having access to the Group C prototype for free.

A more detailed list of patch notes are anticipated to be released in tandem with the Forza Motorsport 7 August 2018 content update’s launch this week on 8th August.

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