If you’re a fan of racing games and wish that you had access to something similar in vein to the Forza series on the Windows platform, the wait will soon be over. Microsoft has announced that it will launch a version of Forza made specifically for PCs this spring, and it’s entitled Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.
As its name implies, this game is based heavily on Forza Motorsport 6, which was released for the Xbox One platform late last year. However, rather than charging gamers $59.99 for the privilege of rubbing fenders with human and AI players, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will be absolutely free. That’s right, the only requirement is that you have a Windows 10 PC and hardware specs stout enough to handle the game.
Given that this is a free title, you won’t have nearly as many vehicles, events, or options available to enhance your racing experience. However, Microsoft has included just enough to keep gamers coming back for more — and of course, you can’t argue with free. Gamers will have access to 63 Forzavista-enabled vehicles (meaning you’ll have working cockpits and full damage modeling) and 20 track configurations to choose from spread out over six locales. These include Brands Hatch, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Rio de Janeiro, Sebring International Raceway, Top Gear and Yas Marina.
“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,” writes Turn 10 Studios Community Manager Brian Ekberg. “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.”
In an interview timed with the announcement of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer stated that Microsoft is fully committed to pouring resources into the Windows platform as a destination for hardcore gamers (something that we’ve heard many times before). “We are 100 percent committed to the PC-gaming space,” said Spencer. “That is a long-term commitment from us.”
Spring can’t get here fast enough!