Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10 has revealed Pokémon as one of its key influences, and explains the game’s emphasis on collecting and trading cars.
Speaking with SPOnG, Turn 10′s creative director Dan Greenawalt explained the inspiration, “I knew that I wanted this car-collecting element to be implemented into the game. What game, especially back in 2002, had inspired collecting more than Pokémon?”
“It did collecting using a rarity system – through different coloured versions – with a sense that everything felt very natural. And actually, there’s a really natural sense of rarity in cars.”
“So in Forza 1, the cars had a rarity meter, and you had to pick your region – much like choosing Pokémon Sapphire or Ruby – and that made certain cars more or less rare in the game. That was directly inspired by Pokémon.”
Thanks again Nintendo Life.