Forza Motorsport, the acclaimed racing video game, has launched its version 1.0 update, currently available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. This major update includes an array of enhancements and repairs for various known issues, spanning from visual glitches described as "washed out" to various progression-related hitches.
One significant improvement addresses the general stability of the game with an aim to reduce unexpected crashes. Instances of the game freezing or crashing were reported in scenarios such as the Builders Cup Career Mode after a car upgrade, or while entering a Free Play race from the My Cars menu. The update has resolved such bugs to provide a smoother gaming experience.
Forza's progression system has also been optimized. Changes have been made in car part unlock levels to increase player upgrade options at lower car levels and improvements to Car Affinity manufacturer reward discounts have been made to ensure that they are unlocked when a player reaches Car Level 50 in a car from the respective brand.
Graphics have also been a major focus. A fix has been implemented for an issue causing black levels to raise substantially when entering and exiting the video menu in-game, which created a “washed out” look.
On the multiplayer front, the update patched an exploit in Featured Multiplayer where players could post impossible lap times onto the Qualifying leaderboard. It has also mended some issues affecting accurate Safety Rating and Driver Skill Ratings for matchmaking.
The update extends to the Livery Editor as well, rectifying decal application errors on various car models, and also includes several trackside fixes for flag textures and curbs on certain track layouts.
An essential aspect of motor racing games, the intricate physics have been refined. Improvement has been made on wet tire wear rates in conditions where track wetness levels are moderate.
The tuning setup is now more user-friendly with an issue preventing players from downloading another player’s custom tuning setup while browsing a leaderboard having been corrected.
The update is not only substantial in the aspects it covers but also in depth, as even seemingly minor issues, such as ambient occlusion errors or lighting issues, have been addressed and fixed on multiple car models. Even specific feature improvements, such as updating mirror texture on selected car models or resolving wing upgrade visualization problems, have been executed.
In a bid to ensure accessibility, custom key bindings for the controller or keyboard will now be saved between game sessions. Issues related to speech-to-text functionality have been corrected specifically for the Steam version of the game.
The game’s aesthetic appeal has not been overlooked either. The visuals of the replay camera in segments of the VIR Grand West track have been enhanced.
For higher-end digital purchases, this update has also fixed an odd behavior scenario that occurred for players who own the Forza Motorsport Premium Edition or Premium Add-Ons Bundle on both Xbox and Steam using the same Gamertag on both versions.
The new update offers significant enhancements to some of the game's most important aspects and exhibits Turn 10's commitment to providing players with an engaging and smooth gaming experience. This incremental progress is indicative of the continual improvements made since the game's inception, and anticipates further enhancements in future updates.
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