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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will be the free to play, PC version of Microsoft's racer

Forza Motorsport 6 Apex

Good news: Forza's finally making the leap to PC after years of Microsoft keeping it locked away on Xbox. Possibly bad news: it's going to be free to play and "slimmed down" according to a leak from the Seattle Times. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex was accidentally revealed by the American newspaper yesterday and though it was quickly taken down, a cached version is still available. In it, the Times discusses a recent Microsoft event where they recommited to the PC with a few announcements, Apex being one among them.

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The event, which was originally embargoed until just a few hours from now at 6am PST / 2pm UTC, revealed that as part of Microsoft's push for more users on the Windows 10 store, this free to play version of Forza would be made available exclusively through it. You can read the ST's full piece via the Google cache, where they say that "Apex is positioned as an effort to show off the gaming potential of Windows 10" similar to how racing games are used as graphical showcases on consoles.

It's unlikely that this will prove enough to conquer Steam on its own, but with every game added exclusively to the Windows 10 store, Microsoft carve out their own niche. The success of the OS itself - which I've been running for a few weeks now with zero problems - helps this along, but until they bring something truly killer we won't see the impact. You're also just never going to drag people away from Steam, Microsoft can only hope to make purchasing through their channels an acceptable second option. Starting by porting the full versions of games, rather than free to play versions, would seem like a good idea to me.

Here's the Xbox One launch trailer for the base version of Forza 6, in case you're totally unfamiliar. It's got cars in it, basically:

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jon_hill987 Avatar
2 Years ago

"an effort to show off the gaming potential of Windows 10"

"slimmed down"

Great to know Microsoft think the gaming potential of Windows 10 is "slimmed down". I have Forza 6 on XBox One anyway so would not be interested in this, and given that there is such a range of racing games on PC, from Simulation to Arcade I don't think that Forza 6 Apex will make waves on PC, even though it is one of the few games that hits that sweet spot between Sim and Arcade. Even less likely to get many users if they hide it away in the Windows Store.

If they made it the full version and made the multiplayer cross platform I could see it being successful, as this announcement stands though, not a hope.

Anakhoresis Avatar
2 Years ago

One of the things that I think that Forza (on Xbox) does well is progression. Start with a slower car, be able to modify it, get lead through a bunch of races, get to buy other cars, modify them, etc...

Though I doubt with 60 cars in the roster this kind of thing will be that fleshed out, if they kept that, it would certainly interest me more than any other racing game on PC.

DustyGerkin Avatar
2 Years ago

I just don't know why he thinks pc gamers won't pay for a game. Lots of new releases are at that value. Odd. It's as if he thinks pc gamers only play F2P games. The full Forza 6 would easily sell.

Anakhoresis Avatar
2 Years ago

I think maybe you guys should edit this article a little bit? I was ready to get super annoyed after reading this, but a little digging turns up:

"Even though Apex has a few real-world transactions available for those who can’t wait to drive a particular vehicle, the developers assured us that you can obtain every car in the game with the use of the in-game currency.",31302.html

I mean, I guess it's still "Free-to-play" but at least that makes it sound more palatable.

On the other hand, I really want Forza Horizon (the full game), so I'm still not really satisfied. I'll try it when it comes out of course, though.