It was supposed to be a natural progression for the Forza Motorsport franchise, and instead it’s only served to anger longtime fans who have suffered through a long list of questionable decisions by Turn 10. To end the lifespan of Forza Motorsport 6 prior to this year’s launch of the third open-world Horizon spin-off, Turn 10 Studios opted to take the main series into a direction they had yet to explore – competitive online racing with real world prizes. iRacing had their $10,000 World Championship, and now it was Forza’s turn to reward gamers for their time spent behind their respective plastic steering wheels. The plan sounded fantastic on paper, and the ultimate prize for first place overall was a practical vehicle by the Ford Motor Company many urban dwellers would love to have sitting dormant in their driveway, but a key aspect of holding a world-wide competition is to actually enforce a set of rules that don’t turn the whole thing into a giant clusterfuck when the green flag drops.
Turn 10 basically forgot about this element.
The game’s official site describes the Forza Racing Championship as this massive month-long competition between the best Forza players in the world – with ways for the common Forza owner to participate as well – but already the event has ran into major issues mere days into the endeavor. Cutting has been a major problem plaguing the entire online portion of Forza Motorsport 6 since the game launched last fall, with liberal track limit boundaries allowing for ridiculous interpretations of the racing surface, yet Turn 10 Studios have done nothing to rectify the obvious exploits arising from this situation, even as they are flooded with complaints on the official message board that question the legitimacy of the competition. Now in any online racing game, you’ll undoubtedly run across guys who have figured out unintentional shortcuts here or there, but with a brand new 2017 Ford Focus on the line for the winner and a very public reputation to upholdy6, you’d think a company as massive as Turn 10 would sit down for five minutes and adjust the competition so this specific issue players have been nagging about for months on end wouldn’t affect the outcome of their biggest community tournament to date.
They haven’t. As discussed and demonstrated in the video above by YouTube personality JSR Devon, it’s possibly to blow through entire chicanes at Monza during the first round of competition, completely skewing the results of the competition to reward literal cheaters. This isn’t a case of someone putting half of a tire more over the white lines than they’re allowed; treating your stock Ford Mustang like a literal monster truck is now the key for Xbox One owners to climb through the early qualification sessions. Coupled with how easily the Forza Motorsport physics engine allows drivers to conquer uneven sections of terrain with relative ease thanks to hidden assists that can’t be turned off, the most talented drivers will undoubtedly miss out on their shot at glory thanks to countless assholes exploiting Turn 10’s laziness. It’s a really unfortunate situation that Turn 10 have spent more effort simply promoting their competition rather than actually ensuring the playing field is level for all competitors, speaking volumes about the ideology fueling the franchise. To see a representative such as Dan Greenawalt stand in front of a camera and imply that Forza Motorsport is this “ultimate car guy game”, only to discover the developers barely care enough to police their own events, is extremely disappointing. Just telling it like it is.
But the problems don’t stop with the cutting epidemic. Forza owners who are competing in the head-to-head portion of the Forza Racing Championship are also reporting an experience that doesn’t live up to what’s been promised by Turn 10 Studios. The serious atmosphere of a worldwide competition straight up doesn’t exist; competitive lobbies under the FRC banner are filled to the brim with intentional wreckers and talentless hacks who can barely keep the car pointed in the right direction, ruining the experience for basically everybody in the room. The ideal scenario of close, competitive online races between diehard Forza fans in their quest to win a 2017 Ford Focus simply isn’t occurring in any way, shape, or form; sessions are a junkyard of disabled cars and immature drivers. To add fuel to the fire, some users have stated on Reddit that despite widespread requests for Turn 10 Studios to explore ways to solve the outbreak of dirty driving, the developers are completely apathetic to the situation, and have openly displayed during Twitch sessions that they simply don’t care about how bad the online environment has gotten.
Obviously, you can see where I’m going with this. Behind the pretty promotional pieces and the partnerships with Logitech, Ford, and Michelin, the reality is that Season 1 of the Forza Racing Championship is an absolute mess when it comes time to hit the track, and the players involved are actually quite pissed at how the whole ordeal has been handled. Turn 10 Studios have gone through the effort of hosting a massive competition on an international scale, but those who physically own a copy of the game and have tried to invest any sort of time into competing in the FRC events have discovered it’s a giant waste of resources on multiple levels, and that Turn 10 Studios are more concerned with marketing partnerships & building the brand rather than actually hosting a fair and level worldwide competition. Track boundaries can be liberally exploited by even the most retarded of drivers despite being a genuine gameplay issue for months on end, and nothing has been done in regards the abundance of destructive racers who are only present on the grid to cause chaos.
Will Turn 10 listen to the cries and pleas of the community?