Forza 2 Gets Mugello and Suzuka in May

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Two of the smoothest, most beautifully flowing tracks in the world will be coming to Forza 2 when it hits the Xbox 360 later this year. And, we finally know when that is. If you’ve been following along, the last nod of a release date came when Peter Moore said late June. Seems he was a bit pessimistic, with the developers now pegging a May 2007 release.

Here’s the full list of tracks announced today:

  • Mugello Autodromo Internazionale
  • Suzuka Circuit
  • Sebring International Raceway
  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Tsukuba Circuit
  • Road Atlanta
  • Silverstone Circuit
  • Nรผrburgring Nordschleife
  • Maple Valley Raceway
  • Sunset Peninsula Infield
  • New York Circuit
  • Test Track

Additionally, it seems each track has been completely custom built for the game:

Since we’ve built every track from the ground up (no assets or models were recycled from Forza 1), we’ve naturally gone in and added a ton of new detail to all the environments. More importantly, the track artists have followed up on a lot of suggestions, as well as corrections from track experts (e.g., track stewards) to make each track more accurate and true-to-life. Hundreds of Gigs of new GPS data (for elevation, dimensions, etc.) and reference materials were collected this time around in the pursuit of realism. Drift fans will be happy to know, for instance, that the drift loop has been added to Road Atlanta — if nothing else, we do it for the sake of being completist.

Mind you, Sebring, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, and Silverstone are nothing to scoff at, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Mugello and Suzuka, and while F1 may not be making official stops at either of these locales in 2007, you at least will be able to later this summer.

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7 Comments

  1. I love Silverstone. Only cos its the only track I’ve visited in real life, to watch the GT/BTCC and Britcar 24hrs. I’m saving up for a car at the moment though, and I might see if I can hire out some track time there someday. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Silverstone is a great circuit too, one of the classics. I’d love to see a race there. I’d imagine the views are quite good if you can get on the right grandstand.

    And good luck with the car search!

  3. I’m not too keen on Silverstone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad track, I just think when compared to other UK circuits it’s a bit too bland and ‘sterile’ if you catch my drift.

    Munir, get yourself to the BTCC (or World Superbikes if that’s your thing) at Brands Hatch and get tickets for the Paddock Hill grandstand. You can literally see 90% of the Indy circuit from there. It easily beats every other track I’ve been to for spectator-friendliness and racing action.

  4. Paddock Hill you say? Might just do that, thanks for the tip Luigi! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’d really recommend the Britcar 24hrs too. For the GT we were kinda restricted to the side stands, and it was great.. but during the Britcar, because it’s Silverstone’s new 24 hour race (was the 2nd one when I went), they actually let us have unrestricted access. And I mean, we could drive around the circuit’s side roads, park on the hills right next to the track, walk freely around the pits and garages, we even watched the last quarter of the race from the podium and ran across to the pit wall at the end of the 24hrs! Best experience ever! All for 20 quid, heh. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The pre-event races were pretty spectacular too. Some guy in a Morgan managed to qualify first, but then put a little too much power down at the green flag, to which his car responded by swapping ends and launching itself into the pit wall. Ouch! Everyone came out ok though. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Indeed, Mr. Hugenholtz can’t be praised enough for the greatness that is Suzuka. Fantastic track and a nice inclusion for any game.

    Should be interesting to compare the FM2 version with the GT4 (or future GT) one. Also wondering the same thing about the Nordschleife.

    Now they just need to open up compatibility for more wheels and include proper cockpit views. ๐Ÿ™‚

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