It’s been two years since Microsoft announced Forza Motorsport, but we’ve seen almost nothing since. Initially believed to be a console exclusive to the Xbox Series X and S along with the PC version, leaked images suggest it may arrive on the Xbox One as well.
It surfaced over the weekend on r/gamingleaksand the rumors, and this included two pre-release photos of Forza Motorsport that were said to have been taken in July 2021. There isn’t much interest in the photos themselves, these just show a garage and team looking to start this race, but they are said to have come from Xbox One build.
This has since been “verified” by a modification to this sub-release, although it’s still not officially confirmed by Microsoft and Turn 10. Around the same time, separate Forza Motorsport rumors also surfaced from Windows’ Jez Corden Central, who advised in the latest Xbox Two podcast that it is in beta and some influencers have already played it.
Revealed back in July 2020, Microsoft only provided this description on a YouTube video – which you can see below – which reads, “Watch the power of Xbox Series X with Forza Motorsport. Reimagined in-car entertainment for a new generation.”
No Xbox One release has been mentioned previously and given how it takes advantage of newer features, like 4K resolution and ray tracing, it’s sure to come as a surprise.
For now, we still don’t have a Forza Motorsport release date, but there’s a good chance we’ll learn more next month. E3 may be canceled but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from announcing Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022 on June 12. If the game is already in beta testing, chances are we can learn more there.
Xbox One support is slowly fading out
If that turns out to be true, Forza Motorsport could be the last major first-party game to release on Xbox One. We’ve seen strong cross-generational support in the past year, with Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite coming to Xbox One alongside Xbox Series X and S, and Smart Delivery means you can access both platforms without paying twice.
However, 2022 feels like a different story and at the moment, the only other Xbox Game Studios title confirmed for both systems is As Dusk Falls. Considering that it will be two years since the Xbox Series launch in November, that’s not a bad thing for a last-generation console.
Microsoft has been a strong supporter of gaming across generations, although we already have a new generation exclusive with Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, upcoming games like Starfield, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Fable, Perfect Dark, and Avowed are (currently) only confirmed for Xbox Series X and S, signaling the end of an era.
If you’re on an Xbox One and can’t move to newer consoles yet, there’s a potential workaround with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, you’ll need a strong internet connection but this provides a way to play these exclusives through your legacy console via streaming.