The speed and excitement of the IZOD IndyCar Series will be paired with the ground-breaking simulation racing game “Forza Motorsport 5,” which will be a launch title on the new Xbox One console in fall.
Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan (who earlier in the day hooked up with Vin Diesel of the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise), two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion and current IZOD IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden were present for the announcement by Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios during the “Forza Motorsport 5” Showcase in Los Angeles as part of E3 2013.
“Forza Motorsport 5” will feature cars representing IZOD IndyCar Series teams Andretti Autosport (Ryan Hunter-Reay), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal), Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon) and Team Penske (Will Power).
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also is featured as open-wheel racing cars debut in the latest iteration of the realistic Forza series on the new Xbox console, which Dixon said "will be on my Christmas list."
“INDYCAR fans have been asking to see IZOD IndyCar Series cars in a console game for some time, and partnering with industry leaders such as Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios certainly satisfies that wish,” INDYCAR executive vice president of Corporate Business Development Greg Gruning said. “We couldn’t have better partners to showcase our sport to a young, technology-driven demographic than with the platform provided by the Xbox One and ‘Forza Motorsports 5.’ ”
Turn 10 Studios studio manager Alan Hartman said including open-wheel cars "brings Forza fans a whole new world of racing action."
“Players will be able to drive these incredible cars on a collection of world-famous race circuits," he said. "In addition, the brand new graphics engine in Forza Motorsport 5, powered by the Xbox One, will let Forza players get closer than ever to these amazing cars and to really build an appreciation for these masterpieces of race engineering.”
“Forza Motorsport 5" plays to the Xbox One’s strengths of horsepower and cloud computing. The next-generation graphics engine delivers stunningly realistic visuals in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Surfaces such as metal, glass, leather, rubber and concrete look real enough to touch.
"I was around for the launch of the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. Launching a platform is incredibly difficult but incredibly rewarding, too," said "Forza Motorsport 5" creative director Dan Greenawalt, who introduced the game and welcomed the drivers on stage. "In many ways, this is 10 years in the making. We've been building the franchise, building the (graphics) engine, building the team.
"Our chief architect was asked from the beginning by the platform team what are your aspirations for 'Forza Motorsport 5' technically? There was lighting and materials, sub-surface scattering and the imperfections of the real world, and then there was the power of the cloud. There is so much we can do with the power of this box."
Players can reserve their copy of the “Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition” now at www.xbox.com.