Back in December, Turn 10 announced that the fourth installment of their Forza Motorsport franchise for Microsoft Xbox 360 will be released in the fall of 2011.
Since then, there has only been a handful of details on the new racer such as a partnership with Pirelli regarding proprietary performance tire data and tracks based on GPS-data for improved accuracy.
The gaming website Kotaku has now gotten their hands on a new survey regarding future Forza-title’s that reveal some new details. The survey mentions a new career mode based on an “automotive world tour” as well as a new no-assists expert driving mode.
According to the survey and the already-known details, the title will make extensive usage of Microsoft’s popular Kinect system, allowing players to use head tracking to peek into corners and use voice control to navigate through menus. Kinect will also be used in a new virtual showroom where players can explore their cars, that feature has already been shown off in a very early tech demo on last year’s E3 expo.
Automotive gurus will be pleased to hear that non other than Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson will be providing the showroom narration, Turn 10 had already established a partnership with the popular British TV show for past Forza Motorsport 3 content additions.
Regarding graphics, the survey mentions “best looking game of the year with graphic fidelity 10 times better than the previous version, including new lighting and shading models.” That should definitely be taken with a grain of salt as Forza Motorsport 3 already had pretty neat graphics and the Xbox 360’s hardware power limits the possibilities for a quantum leap in that regard.
The survey also mentions a car number as the new Forza is supposed to include more than 500 cars from 80 manufacturers. Given that Forza Motorsport 3 and all the expansion packs already offer 518 cars, this is most likely a raw number as Turn 10 will probably not cut down on any cars featured in the predecessor.
There is still no info on some of the bigger features expected from the new title such as night racing, weather and the overdue extension of the 8-car limit so stay tuned for more in the coming months!