The Forza games are now officially an annual series, according to Turn 10 Studios.
This may not come as a surprise, since we’ve gotten a new Forza game every year since 2011. Motorsport and Horizon games have alternated releasing every year, beginning with Forza Motorsport 4 in 2011 and leading all the way to Forza Motorsport 7, set to release later this year. According to Turn 10 Studios Software Architect Chris Tector, this is a deliberate challenge the team has set for itself.
“Now that Forza is between both Motorsport and Horizon, it’s an annual title,” Tector said, speaking on the E3 Coliseum stage (via GameSpot). “It’s really this interesting path that we weave between the two titles and try to keep up with the changes.”
He added that most of the challenge comes from pushing each game to achieve maximum performance, even as the consoles and hardware change year-to-year.
“We have to look far enough ahead in the future to know what changes are going to come and then try to steer everybody so we’re headed in the right direction,” Tector explained. “It’s a big job to line up with what hardware changes are coming, what platform changes are going to come in the OS and other bits of software that we use. And how we’re going to maximize that to exploit it for each game that we do.”
It’s not official, but from Tector’s statements, it certainly seems like this pattern of Forza game releases is one that the developers want to continue keeping up into the future. We can likely expect to see Forza Horizon 4 in 2018.
Forza Motorsport 7 releases on October 3rd for the Xbox One and PC.