Next Forza Game Will Be Announced at E3 2016

"Apex", a slimmed down version of its Xbox cousin, will be released free to users of Windows 10 this spring.

Forza isn't the only Xbox-exclusive series coming to PCs. Even though this choice is a limited selection compared to the Xbox One version, bear in mind this title is free, with future track and vehicle updates to come as DLC's (Downloadable Content pack). "These cars are truly brought to life using ForzaTech, Turn 10 Studios' proprietary, state-of-the-art graphics and physics simulation engine", said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of Turn 10 Studios.

Apex features a career mode anchored by a new 12-event "Showcase Tour", which introduces players to the cars and unique automotive match-ups through a series of videos, narrated by automotive celebrities such as James May and Richard Hammond.

After the announcement of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and the conversion of sci-fi action adventure Quantum Break, this represents another big console franchise making its way on to the PC. (The Xbox One lags in sales behind Sony's PS4.) Microsoft is betting that developers who make games for PCs will want to build games for the Xbox too, and it's providing a set of tools called the Universal Windows Platform so developers can build games for both console and PC at the same time. "If we do it again in the future, it'll like the Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious thing, we just saw an opportunity and we did it. That's how it will be".

"For Windows to be successful, gaming has to be vibrant, healthy, and innovative", said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division. More than that, they wish to show the power of Windows 10 as a viable gaming platform (along with DirectX 12 tech).

Apex then appears to be as much a technical showcase for other developers as it is a standalone freebie for PC gamers.

Microsoft began teasing its lineup for E3 2016 with a very special Lamborghini reveal. The PC already has its fair share of racing games launched within the past 18 months. Microsoft and Turn 10 will have to deliver if PC gamers are to become hooked on Forza.

Keith Stuart attended a press event in San Francisco with other journalists.

Related News: