Forza 5 has been playable today at Gamescom, and new screens and details have emerged as a result. We've now caught a glimpse of classic tracks Laguna Seca and Spa Francorchamps, and developer Turn 10 has talked about the game's "truly cutting edge scientific understanding of tire physics, suspension geometry, and aerodynamics".
Both of the new tracks have been laser-scanned and, although Laguna Seca has appeared before, it's been optimised for Xbox One.
Turn 10 has also been working with tyre manufacturer Calspan to make the handling on every car as realistic as possible. "Developing and improving the driving physics has, in many ways, become the central pursuit for the Forza Motorsport series," said creative director Dan Greenawalt. "We are always chasing that perfect simulation where we can accurately recreate the infinite variables of driving in the digital world. At the same time, that pursuit is always tempered by the limits of what we know about the science of vehicle dynamics and the properties of high performance materials.
"For Forza Motorsport 5, we have an incredibly powerful console at our disposal in the Xbox One. To make the most of that power, we had to collect data on tire variables that have never been isolated - to refactor our understanding of tire technology through the lens of a much more powerful console; one that could handle the increasingly complex formulae of heat, slip and weight transfer that our increased understanding demands.
"Thanks to the power of the Xbox One and our Calspan partnership, we are implementing truly cutting edge
scientific understanding of tire physics, suspension geometry, and aerodynamics - we're not implementing the recommendations of last year's text books, we're running the tests that will write the vehicle dynamics text books of the next several years."
That all sounds about meticulous and detailed as you'd expect from a Forza game. Have a look at the screenshots below. They're bloody gorgeous, if you like that kind of thing.
Forza 5 is an Xbox One launch exclusive.