Forza Motorsport 5 has been a fairly big success for the Xbox One as one of its key launch titles. Microsoft has heralded it as the fastest-selling racing game in Xbox history, with around a third of all Xbox One owners picking up the Turn 10-created racer. It’s been fairly well-received by critics too, with a lot of praise being heaped on its Drivatar system.
It hasn’t quite been the same in terms of audience reception though, with the title losing a little of its luster with fans over its depressing use of microtransactions and DLC packs. Developer Turn 10 Studios tried to fix these problems, conceding to fan wishes over in-game currency bugs regarding DLC and adding new game modes. Although there are still problems with Drivatar that while interesting and fun, there’s no way to play the old simulation way with more realistic AI, turning a lot of races into a series of bumper car skirmishes on turns.
Now, to avoid at least some of the hassle the DLC has created, players looking for a speed fix this summer on Xbox One will be able to get hold of the additional content with a Racing Game of the Year treatment. Speaking to IGN, Turn 10 announced that the Racing Game of the Year edition will be coming out for Xbox One this summer. The new souped-up version will include the Top Gear pack of extra vehicles, including the 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish and 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan, and plenty of extra tracks to keep motorheads occupied.
In total, Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year will include ten new cars and eighteen new tracks, including the DLC circuits of Road America, Long Beach, and one as-of-yet unannounced track, with further details expected at E3. Fans after this bells-and-whistles re-release can look forward to it speeding into stores on July 22, and will be available for for the full retail price tag of $60. Sorry, early adopters!
The re-release news adds to an already big week of announcements for the Forza series. On Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that Forza Horizon 2 is up for release this Fall. The title will be set in southern Europe, and is being developed by Playground Games, the studio behind the original Forza Horizon, in conjunction with Turn 10. It’s set to use the same Drivatar system that Turn 10 created for Forza Motorsport 5, and will introduce an exciting new weather mechanic to the mix. It’s also coming to Xbox 360 however, raising concerns of limitations on graphics and next-gen features versus the Xbox One-only Forza 5.
What do you make of the Racing Game of the Year announcement? Are you likely to be picking it up? Or would you rather hold out for Forza Horizon 2?
Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year will be released on July 22 on Xbox One.