Free-to-Play game Forza Motorsport 6: Apex won't be the only Forza game on PC, as Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios plan to bring future series installments to the platform.
Last month, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, a free to play version of Forza Motorsport 6, was announced for PC. Exclusive to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, the game is set to offer 12 racing events and 63 different cars across six different tracks (in 20 configurations) and there will also be skills challenges to earn in-game currency. There will also be microtransactions as players can pay real money for more cars. Many PC gamers saw the announcement as a decent introduction to the Forza series which has not previously been available on the platform.
However, it now seems that Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios (the developer behind the series) are already working on plans to bring more Forza games to PC players. In a new developer diary for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Turn 10 Studios’ creative director Dan Greenawalt reveals that “moving forward, all of our games are going to be shipping on Windows 10 and Xbox.”
Greenawalt and other developers at the studio also highlight the benefits of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) system, explaining that they only have to write one lot of code for a game to work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs with few problems. Greenawalt says that “the Universal Windows Platform is great for gamers and developers alike. It’s going to become even more powerful as a way of delivering amazing experiences across all of the platforms in the Windows ecosystem.”
While Turn 10’s ringing endorsement of UWP may change a few minds, not everyone is convinced that the ecosystem is a good thing. Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney recently spoke out against UWP, criticizing Microsoft for trying to monopolize the PC gaming market, also saying that the company is “curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.”
There has also been mixed reaction from Xbox One gamers about their exclusive franchises and series becoming available on PC. Quantum Break is one such title that was announced for PC (after initially being revealed as an Xbox One exclusive), with the backlash to the reveal being so severe that Xbox boss Phil Spencer was forced to clarify that Microsoft is not backing away from console gaming.
Conversely, Microsoft has previously been accused of abandoning PC gamers (forcing Spencer to re-establish Microsoft’s commitment to PC players) and the company may be bringing its franchises to PC as a way of making both sets of players happy. If that is the plan, then things have not gone quite as smoothly as Microsoft will have hoped and so it will be interesting to see how the company continues to try and appease both user bases.