This isn't quite the Forza 6 announcement that some were hoping for, but nevertheless, it represents some exciting news. With Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Microsoft is bringing its flagship racer to Windows 10.
And it's free to play.
Free to play should immediately hint that this isn't the Forza 6 we already know, but it's a more stripped back approach. That doesn't mean it isn't impressive in it's own right, though:
"Forza Motorsport 6: Apex" brings the award-winning Forza franchise to Windows 10. Built for Windows 10 PCs with DirectX 12, and powered by the state-of-the-art ForzaTech™ graphics and physics engine, this free Forza experience features all new race modes designed to showcase the thrill of "Forza Motorsport 6" in breathtaking graphics at up to 4K resolution."
That's right. Forza in 4K. Apex looks very much like the full game on Xbox One, the restrictions come in the depth of gameplay. You have less cars, less tracks, and the Showcase mode isn't quite the in-depth career you'll find in the full game, either.
Other notable points to mention include a full 1,000 gamerscore on offer for achievements, mouse and keyboard support (if you really play a racer with a mouse and keyboard), and naturally you can hook into the Xbox Live features on offer with Windows 10.
It's set to be available in the Spring, and we'll be following up with some first impressions very soon.