Forza Motorsport is one of the precious few realistic racing games to hit the mainstream, but you’ve had to play it on an Xbox so far. You typically have to try games like Live for Speed or Project Cars to get your fix on a PC. Well, you won’t have to make that hard choice for much longer; Microsoft and Turn 10 are bringing the series to Windows 10 PCs.
The upcoming Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is a free, distilled version of FM6 that shows what the previously Xbox One-only title can do with all the brawn of a gaming PC behind it. It makes full use of DirectX 12 to produce convincing visual effects, and it’ll run in 4K to do the resolution justice.
Designed for players who are new to the Forza franchise, “Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” delivers a curated experience, featuring authentic wheel-to-wheel action, unique automotive content and constant rewards. The career mode is anchored by a new 12-event “Showcase Tour,” which introduces players to fascinating cars and unique automotive match-ups through a series of beautifully crafted and entertaining videos, narrated by automotive celebrities such as James May and Richard Hammond.
“Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” features a new objective and scoring system, which challenges the player to grow their skill and compare scores with their friends, and each event is a completely unique experience with unending replay value.
In addition, a new “Spotlight Series” will feature new Showcase-style events that will be updated on a regular basis. Whether you’re barreling around rainy Brands Hatch in your all-wheel-drive street weapon of choice or chasing down The Stig from “Top Gear” in cockpit view, there are always new and fun challenges to explore.
Players can race those cars on 20 exciting track configurations across six locations – Brands Hatch, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Rio de Janeiro, Sebring International Raceway, Top Gear and Yas Marina – including night and wet-weather variants.
Don’t expect a carbon copy of the full console game when Apex arrives this spring. It “only” has 63 cars, so this is more akin to Polyphony’s Gran Turismo mini games than anything else. Thankfully, the developers aren’t just giving you Xbox table scraps. Microsoft says this is really just a teaser for “future Forza experiences” on Windows, a proof-of-concept that shows it can work.
Available for free in the Windows Store this spring, “Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” paves the way for future Forza experiences on Windows 10.