With just weeks remaining until Forza Motorsport 4 makes its case as the Xbox 360 racing game to beat this Fall, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have released a brand new trailer for the game. Focused on the picturesque Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, this new trailer once again demonstrates the stunning visual fidelity of Forza Motorsport 4.
Brand new to Forza Motorsport 4, the Infineon Raceway first opened in 1968 as the Sears Point Raceway. The track features both a twelve turn road course and a quarter-mile dragstrip. Today, thanks to the sunny California weather, Infineon Raceway hosts events year round, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing, and the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Now, thanks to the efforts of Turn 10 Studios, virtual racers are about to get a crack at the track. Take a look at the Forza Motorsport 4 Infineon Raceway trailer.
Along with the new trailer, screenshots of the Infineon Raceway (as rendered in Forza Motorsport 4) have been made available — all the better to scrutinize the game’s endless graphical details.
Fun fact: the track’s website notes that “Nearly 3,000 sheep call Infineon Raceway home throughout the year. The sheep, provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, provide natural land care, helping to maintain the facility’s grasses and fire lanes.” Hopefully, the appearance of Halo 4′s Warthog won’t frighten them too badly.
Sheep aside, Infineon Raceway is a stunner. The track is a great showcase for Turn 10′s new image-based lighting system, as detailed in our Forza Motorsport 4 E3 preview. In fact, Infineon Raceway is among the tracks that will support multiple lighting variations, and the Forza 4 website promises “early morning ‘Sunrise’ lighting engine variations available on each ribbon.”
Though Turn 10 Studios were unable to secure the Porsche license for Forza Motorsport 4, the game certainly isn’t coming up short on content. Kinect integration, sixteen player online races, cars from over 80 manufacturers, monthly expansions — and that’s just for starters.
Then, there are those graphics. As with the Forza 4 E3 trailer, today’s Infineon Raceway trailer suggests that Turn 10 Studios may just have crafted the best looking racing game ever. While we won’t know until launch whether Forza 4′s gameplay has kept pace with its graphics engine, it never hurts to make a good first impression. Thanks to these trailers, Forza 4 has done exactly that.
Racing fans, is Forza Motorsport 4 a day one purchase for you? Or is there another title this Fall that you’d rather make the run to?
Forza Motorsport 4 releases October 11, 2011, exclusively for the Xbox 360
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