I know its been a while but as I’m sure you’re aware things have been pretty crazy lately. That being said, I’m going to try and get somewhat regular content back up here once again.
I am kicking things off with some art appreciation topped with some healthy speculation. It’s no secret that the team at Turn 10 Studios has decided to take a completely different approach to how they develop Forza games going forward. Because of this, we’re all kind of left wondering what the next Forza Motorsport game could have in store.
Even if E3 wasn’t canceled this year, it didn’t seem very likely that the world at large was going to get a glimpse of what we’ll refer to as Forza Motorsport 8.
Well instead of sitting around and wondering, digital artist Morten Nilsen decided to put his talents to work and try to visualize what he think Forza Motorsport 8 UI (user interface) could look like.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, just think of the user interface as the menu system players use when navigating a game’s options and features. It’s something that many of us take for granted but is incredibly important to any video game, not just racing games.
Nilsen has dubbed his creation as “Project 8” and it is a visual presentation of what he thinks the Forza Motorsport 8 UI could/should look like based on his own experiences with the Forza franchise as well as common feedback and comments from the Forza community.
The end result is a beautiful concept with each feature backed up by a concise explanation of his design choices.
For example, his design for the Garage area of the home space is informed by his vision that Forza Motorsport 8 could allow players to unlock features such as different lighting set ups, wall patterns, colors, etc. to allow players to really customize the space.
He even suggests that the space could be explored by the player in a first person perspective style which would integrate navigation. For example, walking up to the paint booth would bring the player to the painting and livery menu. An elegant solution to say the least.
I won’t go into all of it here but you should definitely check it out for yourself. Also keep in mind that everything that Nilsen designed is just a concept based on his thoughts and the feedback of fellow Forza fans.
Though, perhaps some of Turn 10 team may gain some inspiration from Project 8. Dan Greenawalt himself even gave it a nod on Twitter!
Good work Morten!