Forza Motorsport 6 launches September 15

Cars and tracks, wet and night racing, more detailed.

Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 will launch for Xbox One on September 15, Microsoft announced.

Get new details below, via the game’s official website:

Cars and Tracks

We start with the biggest number yet: Forza Motorsport 6 will feature more than 450 ForzaVista cars. If you’ve played a Forza game, you know what that means – each of the 450+ cars in the game will feature painstakingly recreated cars, built from the ground up to be exact replicas of their real-life counterparts. ForzaVista means fully modeled interiors and exteriors, working gauges and headlights, full damage for every car in the game, working doors; all the things you’d expect to see in a car appearing in a racing game on this generation.

The cars in Forza Motorsport 6 represent the tremendous variety and diversity that Forza Motorsport has come to be known for. Like any Forza game, we’ve got cars from practically every corner of car culture – race cars, sports cars, off-roaders, compacts and classics; hyper cars, super cars, LMP models, and a ton more. In fact, you can scroll to the bottom of this story to see more than 100 of the cars that will be part of the massive car roster in Forza Motorsport 6. You can also go check out our in-depth Loyalty Rewards story to learn what kind of awesome cars you’ll have waiting for you when Forza Motorsport 6 launches, and how you can earn even better cars for your Forza 6 garage between now and launch. This list is just the start; we’ll be announcing more cars throughout the rest of the summer!

All those cars would be useless without somewhere to race them and, when it comes to tracks, Forza Motorsport 6 will deliver in a huge way, with 26 world-famous locales and more than 100 ribbons. Not only will each and every track from Forza Motorsport 5 return to Forza Motorsport 6 (some with some new wrinkles – more on that in a bit), we’re including ten newly built and captured tracks. Here at E3 we’re announcing 5 new environments: Rio de Janeiro, Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen, and Brands Hatch. In addition, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was recaptured and has been rebuilt after extensive track renovations in 2014.

All of the tracks in Forza Motorsport 6 have been built with the utmost precision and beauty. With advanced lighting and physically based materials, the tracks of Forza Motorsport 6 feel alive and incredibly real. From the specific sounds of the stadium as you zoom by the grandstands, to the precise feeling of the asphalt you’re driving, we take pride in making our tracks look, feel and sound precisely as they do in real life.

Wet and Night Racing

Cosmopolitan locales and legendary tracks are just the start. With Forza Motorsport 6 we’re bringing two new features to races that will most assuredly be game changers. Night and rain racing are finally coming to a Forza Motorsport game on Xbox One and you’ve never seen anything like it.

To bring rain to life in the game, we’ve asked ourselves what it means to really simulate rain – to recreate those chaotic situations in the most realistic and exciting way possible. After all, Forza fans are coming to Forza Motorsport 6 looking for precision. They’re looking for tension, to experience what it’s like to race in the rain on a real racing circuit. To deliver that experience, we’ve had to break racing in the rain down to its core components – how it sounds, how it feels, how different cars react on each track; every aspect had to be analyzed and rethought.

With Forza 6, we’ve increased the capability of our physically based materials system to include porosity and friction values. The result is tracks that feel unlike anything else when the rain begins to pour. When racing in wet weather in Forza Motorsport 6, you’ll experience aquaplaning across real physically simulated 3D puddles, each of which has accurate drag properties. Even getting a single wheel in a puddle will affect the car. Rumble strips, incredibly sticky in dry weather, become slick and dangerous when wet. Each of the 148 individual surfaces in Forza Motorsport 6 will include these dry and wet values, and we’re using new puddle effects that include values for friction, drag, and elasticity. The result is a kind of wet weather racing unseen in any racing game before it.

Then there’s night racing. Let me be clear: Racing in the dark in Forza Motorsport 6 is unlike anything you’ve played before. After all, tearing down the back straight of Le Mans, and experiencing that suffocating claustrophobia as you sprint down the Mulsanne Straight with just your headlights, is a much different experience than racing under the bright stadium lights of Daytona International Speedway. It’s more than visuals however – for example, at night the tarmac cools down, reducing overall grip, which means that racing at night requires a different skillset than racing in the day.

Whether you’re racing at night or in the middle of a rainstorm, fighting the spray of the cars ahead of you, the results are a completely new racing experience in Forza Motorsport 6. And it’s all running at a rock-solid 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution.

Never Race Alone

There’s nothing like a packed field to make you really feel the tension and all-consuming excitement of what real racing is all about. In Forza Motorsport 6, however you want to play the game, you’re always going to have amazing opponents to play against. In addition to split-screen racing making its return to Forza, the game will feature 24-cars on track – online or offline – far and away the largest fields we’ve offered in Forza yet.

When you race, you’ll be going up against human opponents online or driving against Drivatar-powered opponents. Millions of players have used the Drivatar system on Xbox One, and we’ve been able to dig through that data to find race craft elements that the system has now learned. Using the power of the cloud, the Drivatar opponents in Forza Motorsport 6 will deliver even more nuanced aspects of driving – late-braking, locking up a single tire, and so on. It all adds up to opponents that look even more human than ever before, creating unforgettable moments on the track each time you race.

Your Motorsport Career

The career in Forza Motorsport 6 has been completely rebuilt, and this time the focus will be on the “Stories of Motorsport.” The new career mode spans more than 70 hours of gameplay and has been designed to stoke the imagination of fans – whether you’re a long time car buff or a novice to the world of motorsport.

“Stories of Motorsport” is told in multiple volumes, with each volume being a comprehensive career experience that lets the player travel the world and celebrate the past and present of automotive history. Volumes are further subdivided into series where players can choose precisely the types of cars they want to drive.

As you progress through your career, you’ll also unlock Showcase events, which are short vignettes that let the player experience unique race modes – like Autocross and endurance racing – across a huge variety of cars. They also let players experience what it’s like to be a professional race car driver, or relive some of the greatest moments in motorsport history. Between a massive career mode and our Showcase spotlights, we’re letting the player choose the experience they want to have.

Choice can be found everywhere in Forza Motorsport 6. From the cars you collect to the places you race, there are always new things to find and do in the game. Collectors will be right at home filling up their garage with new cars, then customizing them with our in-depth livery and tuning options. Newer fans can turn on assists that will help them around the track – experts can turn them off and take advantage of our brand new simulation improvements like new tire compounds and improved suspension architecture modeling.

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