I'm not so certain on Motorsport reboot in 2021 personally. According to an interview, it only began full development in December 2019, before that they were mainly working on the new ForzaTech engine and working on DLC for Motorsport 7 and Horizon 4. A November 2021 release would give it less than 2 years of full development, and since they're starting over from scratch with all new tracks and all new car models instead of reusing tracks and cars from Motorsport 5-7, they'll need extra dev time to get enough cars and tracks ready to satisfy people, they don't want to run into a Motorsport 5 situation again with critics attacking the game for not having enough cars and tracks on release.
In theory at least, Horizon 5 should have been in development longer, assuming they put it into full production as soon as Horizon 4 released, September 2018. So Playground could get a cross-gen Horizon 5 running on the old build of ForzaTech out in 2021, but if they decided to wait on Turn 10 to finish the new build of ForzaTech, and engine that wasn't ready until late 2019, we might not see any Forza game in 2021 sadly.
This is the earliest we've ever seen a Forza. I know they said it's early in development, but considering they could pump out a new Forza every 2 year prior, I'm certain they can get another one out by next holiday.
I'm no game engineer, but I would find it strange if they scrapped everything they had prior and at least didn't use some as car/tracks assets for the new engine.
It's possible, I just worry that a 2021 Forza Motorsport might not have enough content to satisfy people, just like Motorsport 5. Whereas they spent all generation building up a list of 33 tracks and over 800 cars between Motorsport 5, 6, and 7, starting from scratch means that they pretty much have to scrap all of that work, just like they did when switching from Motorsport 4 to Motorsport 5. My understanding is that they are re-laser scanning all of the tracks and rebuilding them from the ground up for higher accuracy and better environmental graphics, which we already saw with Raceway Laguna Seca in the reveal trailer, Laguna Seca has been rebuilt from the ground up with improved track accuracy, improved ground and asphalt textures, improved lighting, much higher quality trees (no more 2D trees, they're 3D now), more and higher quality grass and other ground clutter, and other improvements. Same goes for cars, they seem to be rebuilding them from the ground up with higher polygon counts, with a focus on greater real world accuracy on both interiors and exteriors compared to previous Forza car models. It's alot of work for them to do, and the developers themselves said the game was still early development in a July interview. Even if they have alot of contract devs helping them, and Playground assisting as well by building car models that can work in both an Xbox Series/PC only Horizon 5 and Motorsport reboot, I just don't know if they can pull off a decent sized car and track list by the end of 2021, they'll probably need 400 cars and 23 tracks to satisfy people (200 more cars and 6 more tracks than Motorsport 5 had on release).
You can see the big improvements on Laguna Seca by comparing the track in the Forza Motorsport reboot reveal trailer to the Laguna Seca track in Motorsport 7, the difference is significant:
The 0:46 mark in the Forza Motorsport reboot reveal trailer and the 1:37 mark in the Forza 7 race is a good comparison point, both showing the same area of the track.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 17 October 2020