Turn 10 has used the E3 Entertainment Expo to announce that the newest edition of the Forza Motorsport franchise will hit the Xbox 360 in 2011.
Less than a year after the release of Forza Motorsport 3, the developer has shown first ever footage of the upcoming title at the E3, outlining some of the new features players can expect.
The presentation had a heavy emphasis on the new Forza supporting Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller. Unlike Sony’s Move and Nintendo’s Wii controller, Kinect works completely by motion tracking without the player having to hold any kind of controller. The new system will be used in the new Forza for head tracking and movement, players canlso a touch buttons and other controls in the car. The technology can even be used to drive the car by holding the hands in steering wheel position.
While the latter is certainly no interesting feature for sim racers, more impressive are Turn 10’s improvements in terms of graphics. The showed-off demo included an extremely detailed Ferrari 458 Italia model you can check out below, despite the stunning visuals Turn 10 has pointed out that these were live-rendered graphics running at 60fps on the Xbox 360. A short gameplay sequence shows a race in the Ferrari, demonstrating a new points-scoring feature similar to that in Need for Speed Shift.
Turn 10 has not yet confirmed the name of the new title or a specific release date. A fall release in 2011 is likely, both Forza Motorsport 1 & 2 have been released in May though…so the newest title of the Forza franchise might just be less than a year away.