It’s been two years since Forza Motorsport was announced by Microsoft, but we’ve seen next to nothing since. Originally thought to be a console exclusive for Xbox Series X and S alongside a PC version, leaked images suggest it could be coming to Xbox One as well.
Appearing over the weekend on r/gamingleaksandrumors, this included two Forza Motorsport pre-release images believed to have been taken in July 2021. There isn’t much interest from the photos themselves, those These only show a garage and a team looking to start this race, but they’re said to be from an Xbox One version.
This has since been “verified” by a mod on this subreddit, although it remains officially unconfirmed by Microsoft and Turn 10. Around the same time, separate Forza Motorsport rumors also emerged from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who advised in the latest Xbox Two podcast that it’s in beta and some influencers have already played it.
Revealed in July 2020, Microsoft only offered this description on the YouTube video – which you can see below – which read “Witness the power of Xbox Series X via Forza Motorsport. Automotive entertainment is reimagined for a new generation.”
No Xbox One version has been mentioned previously and considering how it’s expected to take advantage of new features, such as 4k resolution and ray tracing, that would definitely come as a surprise.
At this time, we still don’t have a release date for Forza Motorsport, but chances are we’ll know more next month. E3 might be canceled, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from announcing Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022 on June 12. If the game is already in beta testing, it seems likely we might find out more there.
Xbox One support is slowly fading away
If true, Forza Motorsport could be the last big first-party Microsoft game to launch on Xbox One. We saw strong cross-generational support last year, with Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite coming to Xbox One alongside Xbox Series X and S, and Smart Delivery means you get access to both platforms without paying twice.
However, 2022 feels like a different story and at the moment the only other upcoming Xbox Game Studios title confirmed for both platforms is As Dusk Falls. Considering it’ll be two years since the Xbox Series launched in November, that’s not bad for the last-gen console.
Microsoft is a strong proponent of cross-generation play, although we already have a new generation exclusive with Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, upcoming games like Starfield, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Fable, Perfect Dark, and Avowed are (currently) only confirmed for Xbox Series X and S, signaling the end of an era.
If you’re on Xbox One and can’t upgrade to the new consoles yet, there’s a potential workaround with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, you’ll need a strong internet connection, but it allows these exclusives to be played through the older console via streaming.