Forza 4 inspired by Pokémon, World of Warcraft

Friday, 30th September 2011 01:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Forza Motorsport 4 draws inspiration from the wonderful world of racing, obviously – but also from a few less predictable sources.

“I tend to look at the other franchises that are not thinking about themselves as a competitive war in the marketplace —they think about a longer vision and the experience they want to provide to people,” Turn 10 creative director Dan Greenawalt told GodIsAGeek.

“So, we take inspiration from Pokémon for our levelling systems and addictive layer rewards and variable schedule for rewards to get people addicted. World of Warcraft for our Auction House. Storefronts was from Yahoo Stores.”

Greenawalt said Turn 10 is at “that nexus between passionate gamer culture and car culture”, but looks at a lot of non-gaming sources for ideas and inspiraton rather than competing racers.

“I play all the other racing games but I take no inspiration from them because the goal is to actually push the genre forward, and we’re known for pushing so much more than most of the genre because of things with social and user-generated content,” he said.

Forza Motorsport 4 is due exclusively on Xbox 360 on October 20. It boasts a Kinect-enabled showroom feature for drooling over your beastly machines.



  1. Stardog

    I thought Forza 3′s career mode was a worthless piece of crap compared to GT. I hope he’s not talking about that gameplay as “addictive”.

    Racing one race then getting a brand new expensive car isn’t addictive. It sucks.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. hitnrun

    Drawing from Pokemon is actually a pretty smart move. I’ve done it with my projects.

    There’s a reason that franchise is worth more than several countries, and it has only a little to do with kawaii electric rats.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. IL DUCE

    @1 Maybe play Forza 4 first sh!thead…since that’s obviously what he’s talking about…and GT sucks a sweaty ball sack

    #3 3 years ago

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