‘More than just a graphical showcase.’
Turn 10’s upcoming fifth mainline entry in the seminal, premier racing sim series, Forza Motorsport 5, is also the marquee launch title for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console. Launch titles usually carry the weight of a lot of expectations on them- they are supposed to set the tone of the console, and also demonstrate just what the console can do. To a certain degree, they can be glorified tech demos. But Turn 10’s Greenwalt insists that’s not what Forza 5 is- that there’s a substantial game beyond all those pretty graphics, reports OXM.
Speaking with OXM, Greenawalt said, “The first thing I want to impress upon you guys is that this is by far the most ambitious thing that the studio has ever done. If you think about the launch of a console, they usually have racing games – great racing games.
“Racing games are great for the launch of a console. You don’t have chainsaws, knives and blood and guts and all that, so you can put them on a Happy Meal at McDonalds and promote the product. And on top of it they usually have great graphics engines.”
“What you don’t usually see at the launch of a console is a racing game like Forza Motorsport,” he continued. “Usually the flagship titles come along a bit later, because with these titles you expect epic scope and scale – you expect innovation.
“Racing gamers demand innovation across all of the different fronts, and usually the racing games at launch are fantastic, but they’re a bit narrower in scope. It allows them to be very laser-focussed on just hitting that date, and being a graphics showcase. This is a Forza Motorsport. This is big. So we’ve got innovation across the board.”
Forza 5 certainly looks great so far, but we’ll see how much water these claims hold once the game launches this November with the Xbox One.