What's new in Forza Motorsport 7: Release date, price, FAQ, and everything else we know so far

There hasn't been a year of the Xbox One's life that didn't include a new Forza game, and after 2016's Forza Horizon 3, it's back to the track for 2017 with Forza Motorsport 7.

There's still much to learn about this year's Forza, but there's also already a lot to sink your teeth into. If you always want to know that the latest Forza 7 information is, stick this post in your bookmarks because we're keeping it updated with anything and everything new.

What you need to know about Forza Motorsport 7

What is Forza Motorsport 7

This year's game is a return to circuit-based racing after the open-world approach from 2016's Forza Horizon 3. Expect real world circuits, road layouts and some of the best race and road cars in the world.

When is Forza Motorsport 7 going to be released?

If you preorder the Ultimate Edition you'll be playing on September 29. Everyone else will get the game on October 3.

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How much will it cost?

The Ultimate Edition tops out at $99.99, the Deluxe Edition is $79.99, and the standard edition costs $59.99.

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Can you play it on PC?

Yes! Like Forza Horizon 3, Forza Motorsport 7 will be available to play in full on Windows 10 and is an Xbox Play Anywhere title for seamless switching between console and PC. AS long as you buy it digitally, you get a copy to play on both platforms for the price of one.

Will it be 'Xbox One X Enhanced?'

Absolutely. Forza 7 comes out before the Xbox One X, but there will be a patch issued the following month to give it that extra support for better textures, and more importantly, to play at 4K and 60 frames per second (FPS).

The same update will benefit folks not using 4K TVs, because even at 1080p these games will look and play better than ever before. It'll also support HDR for Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

How many cars will be in Forza Motorsport 7?

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More than 700, and while very few have been officially confirmed, plenty more can be seen from various E3 footage across the web.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS, unveiled in the press briefing at E3, is the cover car, accompanied by the LMP1 Porsche 919 that is the reigning WEC and Le Mans 24 hours champion. Nissan's GTR is also confirmed, as is the Lamborghini Centenario, the Forza Horizon 3 cover car.

Also spotted in early footage and images are the Jaguar XK GT3, Ford GT LeMans, Ferrari 458 Italia GT and a 1934 Alfa Romeo.

Throughout the remainder of the year leading up to the launch of the game, the developers will release weekly updates detailing a whole bunch of new confirmed cars.

Forza Motorsport 7 complete car list (so far)

How many circuits will be in Forza Motorsport 7

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There will be 30 circuits in the game, with multiple different layouts of those circuits to race on. The developers have already confirmed that Suzuka and Maple Valley will be returning for Forza 7, and you'll also be racing around Mugello. Other known locations include a road circuit in Dubai as well as both the Nurburgring GP and Nordschleife tracks.

As with cars, circuits will be announced at regular intervals leading into the game's launch in October.

All the tracks you'll find in Forza Motorsport 7

Does the trailer show trucks?!

Yes! No one has said much about them, but Forza Motorsport 7 will include racing trucks.

What about weather?

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Forza 7 introduces dynamic weather for the first time in the Motorsport series. Forza 6 had bad weather at certain tracks, but it was either on or off, never changing. In Forza 7 the weather effects have been improved upon, but will also be able to change throughout the course of a race.

It'll also follow a realistic pattern of events. For example, don't expect a downpour in Dubai. Equally, heat will play its own part in affecting the handling and performance of your cars, and you might even get some unwelcome sand on the road in Dubai!

Can I play with a racing wheel?

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Yes, you can play with the most popular Xbox One wheels supported out of the box. On the PC things may get even more crazy, with the developers promising support for "basically all" PC wheels at the PC Gaming Show at E3.

What about additional content?

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There will, as ever, be a car pass to give you more cars and a VIP pass to give you additional bonus items. Both of these are traditional Forza-fare and will be found in the Ultimate Edition of the game. You'll be able to get them on their own but the best value will come with the Ultimate Edition.

There's also a confirmed preorder bonus and a Day One car pack, again both of which are in the Ultimate Edition.

Nothing beyond this is confirmed at this time but it's a safe bet that during the lifetime of Forza 7 there will be some expansion packs to add yet more new cars and additional gameplay to the base game.

Is there anything new in career mode for Forza Motorsport 7?

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This year's career sounds like it takes a very different path than that in Forza 6. In Forza 7 you'll take part in the Forza Drivers Cup, made up of championships rather than simply going through class-by-class and getting the faster cars as you get further on. Instead you'll follow a more traditional motorsport championship structure winning points for your positions in races. Points make prizes. It also doesn't necessarily mean you'll start out like usual in the very slowest cars in the game and work from there. There will still be XP and in-game rewards systems, and you'll be able to customize your racer for the first time. You'll also be rewarded not just for your on-track exploits, but also for your car collection.

Expect much more detail on this to emerge as we head into Gamescom in August, when traditionally the Forza games are basically finished and updates are revealed.

Can you listen to your own music?

You sure can! During our session at E3, the developers showed off how your own music through OneDrive can be integrated into the game.

Forza Motorsport 7 will feature OneDrive music support

Closing thoughts

That's the bulk of what we know so far, but expect much more to be revealed as we had towards Gamescom and the game launch in October. And keep this page bookmarked, because we'll be updating it every time new information comes to light.

Updated June 30 2017 with links to our in-progress car and track lists.

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

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