Racing world fans are excitedly anticipating Forza Motorsport 8’s release. Six years have passed since Forza Motorsport 7 hit shelves; now its sequel Forza Motorsport 8 is readying itself for release via Xbox Games Showcase and all gamers eagerly anticipate its unveiling. Let’s dive deeper into what to expect from this digital racing marvel!
Release Date and Rivals
Set your calendars for the 10th of October 2023. That’s when Forza Motorsport 8 will be unleashed onto the world. But, with no major racing games releasing around the same time, it’s going to be a direct showdown with Gran Turismo, amid the backdrop of Sony vs Microsoft’s high stakes due to the Activision-Blizzard-King acquisition.
Early Access and Pre-Orders
For those eager to get behind the wheel sooner, early access starts from the 5th of October 2023. This is available for those who pre-order the Premium Edition or the Premium Add-Ons Bundle. Secure a whole weekend to perfect your laps by getting the game on a Thursday, with the full release coming up the following Tuesday.
Pre-orders are available from various outlets including CDKeys and GAME. Prices vary based on the edition you opt for:
- Standard Edition: £51.49
- Deluxe Edition: £59.99
- Premium Edition: £63.99
Unfortunately, physical copies are limited to the standard version only. Premium enthusiasts will have to content themselves with the Premium Add-Ons Bundle from the Microsoft Store for £29.99.
Here’s a breakdown of what each edition offers:
- Base game
- Base Game
- Car Pass (Receive one car every week for 30 weeks)
Premium Edition & Premium Add-Ons Bundle:
- Base Game
- Early access (5 days)
- Race Day Car Pack
- Car Pass
- VIP Membership (Including 2x Credits Boost, VIP-exclusive events and much more)
- Welcome Pack (5 immediate car unlocks with bonus credits)
Game Pass and Platform Availability
For the Xbox Game Pass subscribers, rejoice! Forza Motorsport 8 will be available on day one for both Xbox and PC players. However, specific editions outside the base game aren’t included in the Game Pass and must be purchased separately.
Forza Motorsport 8 is tailored for next-gen. This means it will only be available on Xbox Series X/S and PC. So, while last-gen console users might feel left out, the game’s breathtaking visuals and intricate physics simulations are sure to be a treat for next-gen owners.
Expectations are soaring, and for a good reason. Forza Motorsport 8 promises life-like, vibrant graphics and the classic racing experience that fans adore. If you’re curious about how the game looks and feels, the Developer Direct from January provides a detailed sneak-peek.
Forza Motorsport 8 is setting up to be a trailblazer in the racing simulation arena. With early access options, various editions, and a clear focus on next-gen console power, October 2023 promises to be a monumental month for racing enthusiasts. Whether you’re a die-hard Forza fan or a newbie, this release is sure to satiate your need for speed.