As expected, Forza Motorsport 6 has been formally revealed live at Microsoft's E3 press conference, as long-running Game Director Dan Greenawalt and a surprise appearance from Henry Ford III presented the first Forza Motorsport 6 reveal trailer as the brand new Ford GT, which stars as Forza Motorsport 6's cover car star, was lowered onto the stage. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who kept imaginging what would happen if it were to dramatically fall on stage.
The new trailer pretty much confirmed everything we already knew about Forza Motorsport 6: it looks stunning in 1080p and 60fps, and finally introduces dynamic weather effects and night time racing to the Forza Motorsport franchise. In truth, these features should have featured in Forza Motorsport 5, but Turn10 simply didn't have the resources to develop it in time for the launch of Xbox One.
There is a catch, however – it's been confirmed that both the weather effects and night racing will not be dynamic, and will instead be preset to your preference and only available in specific locations.
As such, Forza Motorsport 6 is looking like the game Forza Motorsport 5 should have been. As predicted, the car count has seen a significant increase, from around 200 in Forza Motorsport 5 to over 450 in Forza Motorsport 6 – all of which will be viewable in Forza's interactive ForzaVista mode. It's the most comprehensive car roster in any current-gen racing game – at least until Gran Turismo 7 is announced, which could even happen tonight in Sony's conference.
Location-wise, we can look forward to racing around 26 locations including Rio, Daytona, Brands Hatch, Watkins Glen, Le Mans and the modern post 2014 version of Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 24 player racing both online and offline.
Forza Motorsport 6's handling will be enhanced with what Turn10 call "Forza Tech." Details on exactly what this means have yet to be revealed, but we hope to learn more from some hands-on sessions soon. Female avatars have also been confirmed, indicating that we can expect deeper character customisation.
Meanwhile, the career has been revamped with a focus on what Turn10 call "Stories of Motorsport," which will apparently span over 70 hours of gameplay and "designed to stoke the imagination of fans." It's divided into distinct volumes, which will be split into separate series based on different car types. Like in Forza Horizon 2, additional Showcase events can be unlocked enabling you to sample special race modes such as Autocross and endurance racing.
The trailer confirms a few more cars: the Peugeot 908, Chevrolet Bel Air and Lotus 49 are among a few new cars seen in the trailer, confirming that single seaters will be returning. It will be divided into distinct volumes
The trailer also confirms Forza Motorsport 6's release date of September 15th in the US and September 18th in Europe.
So far, I'm a little underwhelmed to be honest – partly because all of the information had already been leaked prior to the conference, but the lack of dynamic weather is disappointing, and we were hoping to at least see an on stage gameplay demo.
Forza Motorsport 6 is playable on the show floor however, so we will endeavor to bring you footage as soon as we can.
What do you think of Forza Motorsport 6 so far?
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