Forza Motorsport 5 is shaping up to be the undoubted star of Microsoft’s Xbox One line-up - at least according to producer Dan Greenwalt.
Taking advantage of a showcase event at the Vibiana venue yesterday evening, Greenwalt offered expanded info on the upcoming racing sim. The fifth entry is set to introduce open wheel cars, along with the inclusion of licensed Indycar Series vehicles for the first time.
“We wanted to add in open wheel cars for a really long time,” Greenwalt tells Empire, “but I didn’t feel our physics was in a place where we could. The cars are so fast – being able to go 220, 240 miles an hour, even at 60 frames per second, they’re really crossing a lot of distance in every single frame. The stars really aligned though – we had a powerful box with the Xbox One, we had a great partner with McLaren, who has a lot of information, and we had a very willing partner with Indycar.”
While the real Indycar sport itself only allows similar vehicles to race against each other, Forza demands no such restriction. Instead, it’s set to make a point of you being able to race any car against another. As Greenwalt explains, “having a PI – a car classification system – we’re able to move cars between different groups). Now, the biggest issue is these cars are SO fast, they’re so much faster than an LMP cars, that on the PI rank they’re off the chart.”
The announcement was followed by a world exclusive clip and behind the scenes info from Ron Howard’s upcoming biopic, Rush. Set during the 1976 Indy 500 season, the movie stars Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as the flamboyant driver James Hunt, and Goodbye, Lenin’s Daniel Brühl as his uptight rival, Niki Lauda. The real-world antagonism between the two lead to tragedy but also resulted in a cinema-friendly rousing tale of human determination - perfect fodder for Howard.
The appeal of Rush on the Forza team is easy to spot. “Formula One has had some great duels over the years. What’s cool to me is that Ron Howard is actually bringing that rivalry to life,” says Greenwalt. “It speaks to the generation that grew up then but it’s also going to be something that brings that rivalry to a much broader audince. I watched a lot of racing car movies growing up – Le Mans with Steve McQueen, Grand Prix with James Garner. We don’t really have that right now. So I’m excited Ron Howard is doing that. It’s not just that I’d like to capture that great rivalry [with Forza] but he’s going to capture it and get that in front of public, get people thinking about that, thinking about ’76 cars, and what technology was like back then and the dangers of racing back then.”
Forza Motorsport 5 launches alongside the Xbox One in November. Hopefully players will keep their burgeoning rivalries in check.