In this month’s official Forza Monthly broadcast on YouTube, Forza Motorsport‘s creative director Chris Esaki has revealed some insight into features that haven’t made the cut in Turn 10’s long-awaited new entry – at least at launch.
First of all, Esaki revealed that players won’t be able to spectate races or race against AI in its “Featured Multiplayer” modes, which now rely on a brand-new matchmaking model that uses machine learning to match players of similar skill as well as a Safety Rating that groups players together who have similar racing behaviours.
“Having players come into a featured multiplayer event and taking player slots, and then spectating? It’s not really the racing we had intended,” the creative director explains in the video. “Similarly, racing with AI in featured multiplayer with all its potential impacts on your safety rating also didn’t make a whole lot of sense to have and is not going to be available for us at launch.”
Will Forza Motorsport Have Split-Screen Multiplayer?
Perhaps more interesting/concerning to fans of the Motorsport off-shoot of the Forza franchise is the lack of any split-screen multiplayer feature at launch, something that’s been present in every game in the series since Forza Motorsport 2. It’s seemingly a result of the studio’s push to make this the most realistic and cutting-edge racing simulator to date, with Esaki explaining, “Our heavy investment in pushing our new graphical features and our complete overhaul of the rendering engine unfortunately made split-screen really difficulty to implement and is also not going to be in for launch.”
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