What happened to every episode of the Xbox Game Studios racing series? Turn 10 studio has announced that Forza Motorsport 7 will be withdrawing from digital sales in a few weeks as all DLCs expire.
Speaking of which, Forza has always had a problem with its relatively short license life, whether for music or cars. That’s why Microsoft will pull every single piece of the brand from sale sooner or later. However, in this part, it is quite sad that a trillion-dollar company like Microsoft has not decided to renew the license, at least until a new work is released.
There was an unprecedented situation Microsoft will have nothing to offer racing simulation fans. For the first time in modern history, this cycle has been broken and we will see a different continuation each year. The year 2020 was definitely the first year we didn’t see any new work. Owners of the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S last year only got one next-gen port Forza Horizon 4. And a new Forza Motorsport has also been announced, but no release date yet. All we know is that it will only be released on current consoles and will be on Game Passe on release day.
So we were hoping we would see it in 2021 if it hadn’t been released last year. But no. Microsoft will now have two Forza games: Horizon 4 and Horizon 5. No. Xbox studios’ behavior towards racing simulation fans is inappropriate.
Firstly, Forza Motorsport 7 took a long time to make it into the Xbox Game Pass offer. Thus, first-party titles to the service that Microsoft says remain in its offer for a long time. Yes, this decision was made after FM7’s launch and specifically the first game available via subscription on release day was Sea of Thieves in March/March 2018.
Since then, Microsoft has aggressively expanded its service offering with its own games, although it’s about work the company has acquired over time. DOOM Eternal entered Game Pass shortly after Bethesda bought it! But Forza Motorsport 7 was released on October 8, 2020: three years after its release and less than a year before its removal.
Motorsport 7 will be removed from the Game Pass offer on the day the game license expires and therefore September 15, 2021. After this date, only those who own the game, whether on disc or digitally, will be able to enjoy the game. Fortunately, Microsoft gave the game a big discount and also donated it to anyone who plays through Game Pass and buys at least one DLC..
However, code distribution has only occurred to this day., and players who do not receive any codes will need to contact Xbox Support. So this offer is practically only valid for existing players and does not take into account new ones. New players will be able to purchase the game at the following prices:
Still they will Gamers deprived of the ability to play on their mobile or browser via Game Pass. This would leave the ability to stream the game from a home console only, which directly contradicts Microsoft’s vision to bring games to 2 billion players, with or without consoles/PCs. just to have
And finally, as I mentioned above, the game has no followers. It is not known when the console racing simulation and its fans will not have an “ideal” game for a long time. Nothing is available on Game Pass, and Project CARS 3 is arguably an expensive purchase. Although the game was released by Bandai Namco, the studio has since been acquired by Codemasters, which has entered EA. Adding games to the EA Play menu is quite difficult but unrealistic.