Turn 10 Studios' creative director Dan Greenawalt recently spoke with IGN explaining the implementation of wet weather in Forza Motorsport 6 and just how dramatically it impacts on the game experience.
Traditionally wet weather racing in games means you'll get some pretty-looking water spray effects along with a blanket of lower grip across the entire track environment. Forza Motorsport 6 however will truly innovate with its introduction of authentic standing water puddles.
Greenawalt explains: “So, the things that we’ve done in rain I believe are unprecedented in gaming. We’ve got standing water that’s fully simulated on the track and, depending on the size of your tyres and how fast your angle of attack is, those tyres will aquaplane and you’ll be along for the ride.”
He continues. “And then of course there’s mist, not only coming off the tyres but just in the atmosphere. You know, we’ve said that light and atmosphere are the key to next generation gaming and next generation visuals, and so on Forza Motorsport 6 you don’t only have the 3D puddles and have simulated rain on the track but you also have that visibility that’s based on real particulates being in the air.”
How the rain will affect grip will be determined by the porosity (that's the number of pores) of the surface. “[T]he amount of porosity affects how much the water actually pools there and how it affects friction,” states Greenawalt. “So we have over 148 different surface types that are driveable in Forza Motorsport 6 on any given rain track, and you’ll actually be driving across the numbers that we researched. So it’s not just a reduction in friction, it’s a reduction based on the real science that people would expect from Turn 10.”
Puddles will vary in depth and size, some, like the large one found at the first corner at Brands Hatch, are best avoided and some you are better off ploughing straight through. “You know, there’s certain puddles that I go straight through” explains Greenawalt. “First off because some of them cross the entire track, but also because there’s certain puddles that your best thing is to just line up and go straight through it ’cause it’s not gonna slow you down enough and it’s not gonna put you off the track. You’re better off just getting yourself well aligned before you go through it and the Drivatar will learn that behaviour.”
Forza Motorsport 6 is currently scheduled to launch exclusively for the Xbox One on September 16. Why take a look at our recent Forza Motorsport Gamescom gameplay video below which features the stunning Rio circuit.
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