The new Ford GT supercar debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Alongside its unveiling, Microsoft announced Forza Motorsport 6 for the Xbox One. Turn out there’s a reason for the dual announcement. The supercar will be featured on the car simulation game’s cover.
The Ford GT will have a limited run and be available in the second half of 2016, according to a USA Today report. The mid-engine new car will feature a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine capable of generating more than 600 horsepower.
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Also introduced at the auto show were the 2017 editions of the F-150 Raptor high-performance pickup and the Shelby GT350R Mustang. All three Ford vehicles will be included in the stable of vehicles for Forza Motorsport 6.
“Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios.
Neither Microsoft, nor Turn 10 gave a release date or window of when Forza Motorsport 6 will be released on the Xbox One. However, a couple of hints were dropped.
Greenwalt stated, “We’re excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June.” Microsoft also made sure to mention that 2015 is the ten-year anniversary of the Forza Motorsport series. If you put two and two together, you get a likely fall 2015 release date.
This will mark the second version of Forza on the Xbox One. Forza Motorsport 5 launched with the Xbox One in November, 2013. Coincidentally, it featured the rare McLaren P1 supercar on its cover.
The Xbox One debut of Forza Motorsport 5 received high marks for the Drivatar AI that used racing data collected from players to create AI opponents. It was also hailed for its attention to details and graphics. However, it lost points because it shipped with only 200 cars from 50 manufacturers and only 17 racing circuits.
Turn 10 eventually remedied this with free DLC tracks and paid-DLC car packs. But that misstep and a career mode that didn’t live up to past editions were likely symptoms of a launch title for a brand new console. It should be interesting to see how Forza Motorsport 6 progresses with the lessons learned from Forza 5 and Forza Horizon 2 (development led by Playground Games).
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