When the first Forza Horizon game was revealed, Turn 10 Studios and Playground games effectively announced that both Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon games would go into an offset two-year development cycle.
This is why there has been a new Forza game announcement each year at E3 with Motorsport and Horizon games alternating like clockwork.
Essentially as soon as a new Forza game was released the respective team would put their heads down and immediately start working on the next game.
Though with the release of Forza Motorsport 7 things have started to change at Turn 10. It was well noted that fans had some issues with Forza Motorsport 7 in regards to the prize crate system and other elements within the game.
To their credit Turn 10 took the feedback (some of it nice and some of it not so nice) to heart and focused their team’s attention on not just addressing those issues but making further improvements.
Though because of that focus, they weren’t on their usual path of top secret development of the next Forza Motorsport game. They wanted all the fans to know that “100%” of their team would be putting their attention towards Forza Motorsport 7.
Recently during their Forza Monthly livestream, Dan Greenawalt and Chris Esaki announced that Turn 10 is just now beginning to “shift their weight” to focus on the next Forza Motorsport game (presumably Forza Motorsport 8).
They also announced that their development process would be changing to include more feedback from fans along the way rather than going completely “underground” and then presenting the finished product at the end.
You can see them talk about it in the embedded video below right at the time mark where the subject arises.
That all sounds really good but it begs the question of what Turn 10 has in store for E3 2019. If the team is just now beginning to work on the next game in March and E3 is in June, is it possible that this may be the first year since 2012 that there will be no Forza game announcement?
Does their new development strategy also mean that they are completely doing away with the previous 2-year cycle?
I decided to reach out to Turn 10 to find out. Their responses were pretty vague as to be expected but I wanted to give it a chance anyway.
So, what did they have to say?
On the question of parting with their traditional 2-year development cycle the response was essentially a repeat of what was stated by Dan in the livestream:
We recently shared on the March Forza Monthly that we are entering the concept phase of our next project and planning to partner more deeply with the community and our broader fanbase. As part of the process, we will take the time needed to listen to and develop with the community.
If you wanted to put your “speculation hat” on you could say that “we will take the time needed to listen and to develop with the community” as “yeah it will probably take longer than usual”. Though that is hardly a confirmation so I am definitely not winning any journalism points with that.
Alright, so if development of the next game is only in the concept phase and that’s only just begun, there is no way they’re going to have anything to announce at E3 2019 right? Well not necessarily…
When I asked if their later than usual start on development meant that there would be no Forza Motorsport announcement at E3 2019 this was the response:
We have a lot happening, and are excited for the future of the Forza franchise, so stay tuned.
That isn’t exactly a “no”. Also, they were curious as if I would be attending E3 or not this year. Going into speculation mode again, I will guess that something will be announced but it probably won’t be Forza Motorsport 8.
This leads to another question: If there won’t be a Forza Motorsport 8 announcement or a Forza Horizon 5 announcement (since the game is still new and kicking ass) then what could they announce?
I think there are two possibilities:
Possibility #1: They could announce new expansions for Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 while giving a tease for things to come with Forza Motorsport 8. So far only one expansion has been revealed for Forza Horizon 4 so E3 would be a great venue to announce the next expansion.
Possibility #2: If you have been keeping your ear to the ground in the Forza community lately, you may know of rumors that Turn 10 is set to announce a Forza Motorsport mobile game called “Forza Street”. If you didn’t hear about the rumor, Andrew from AR12Gaming put together a video on the rumors which you can watch below.
Personally I would be totally fine with either of those possibilities but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the internet’s reaction if Turn 10 announces a mobile game at E3 when many people would be expecting the next console game.
Either way, it looks like E3 is definitely going to be interesting for the Forza teams this year. If I get any new information in the meantime I will definitely share it with all of you.
While you wait, share your Forza E3 2019 theories with us in the comments below or tweet them to us at @MotorworldHype.