Saturday, July 22, 2006

Forza Motorsport 2

Above is the official game cover of Forza Motorsport 2. Details have been scarce recently on Microsoft Game Studios' highly anticipated simulation racer. Already known about the game is that it will feature hauntingly realistic damage, physics, conditions, environments, and car models. The Forza 2 team is currently also working with Bizarre, creator of PGR3 and Geometry Wars, to enhance the graphics and online gameplay. Microsoft Game Studios has claimed that Forza 2 will set the bar for next generation customization and realism, as well as stunning graphics. Everywhere I turn, Forza Motorsport 2 is running on an HDTV somewhere, with the AI driving through the course over a slightly modified real-time raceline you all know and love (or maybe not so much) from the original Forza. Lots of cars are loading in the game now, giving us the chance to try our hand at a bunch of new cars on a bunch of new tracks too. Of course, a lot of the gameplay polishing isn't in the build yet -- as soon as it stabilizes and we hit that test pass milestone, the game designers, lead by Dan Greenawalt, go in and make sure Forza actually feels like the way it should (fun and realistic). Other stuff is being implemented too. Leaderboards are in the game and actually live, except, as you can imagine, there isn't a whole lot of activity there. But it's still important information to have since development of the next website is running in tandem and we need those hooks to feed data from the game to the site. What kind of data? Well there's one big feature we haven't announced yet, but there are a lot of little ones as well. One of the features you may have seen me talk about earlier this week is how we're going to roll photo-mode from FM2 the game into the site. Forza Motorsport is following Bizarre's approach(with their help) in implementing a photo mode, Forza TV, and a few unannounced features as of right now. Everything online will be live, and feature up to twelve players racing online. Unannounced right now is whether the game will include episodic content, such as more cars, racetracks, and game modes. Also quite a mystery is integration with Live Anywhere. This year at the Microsoft press conference they demonstrated how you could transfer your car to your computer or cell phone, customize it, and then upload it to Xbox Live servers so that it is available immediately to your console. Although that might be the secret weapon of Forza Motorsport, I believe that they wouldn't show such a secret even before the game is running. Forza 2 will aslo be adding rally races, and possibly drifting as new modes of gameplay right now. There have been rumors that the game would also have more advanced forms of drag racing, but Microsoft Game Studios hasn't responded to those rumors. Other small details about the game is that the pictures you take in PGR3(update coming soon) and Forza 2 will be able to be seen on a website, downloaded to your computer, and any other thing you could want to do with these photographs. If you check out the Xbox 360 area of Gamespot you will see a new teaser movie for Forza 2.


Blogger Journey said...

never really like the original one... I don't think this will be a hit.

7/22/2006 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

Quite agree,GT5 on the PS3 will be better.

7/24/2006 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger gg said...

That's if GT5 ever releases. Could be Holiday 2007 or 2008 with all the development problems going on.

I'm willing to bet that Forza2 will kick GT5's ass

7/24/2006 11:32:00 PM  

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