Forza Motorsport is getting the Nordschleife track at last

All 20 kilometers of it!

While there’s certainly something to be said about Turn 10’s overreliance on temporary, live-service content in Forza Motorsport, the studio has been adding lots to the game post-release. All-new tracks are usually the highlights of their respective updates, and Update 5’s Nürburgring Nordschleife will be no different.

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Slated for release sometime around mid-February, Forza Motorsport‘s Update 5 seems to be positively loaded with fixes and improvements. Important as they may be, these fixes aren’t nearly as exciting as the long-anticipated release of the legendary 20.8-kilometer Nordschleife track, coming as a follow-up to Update 4’s Daytona International Speedway and Update 3’s Hockenheim. In comparison, Nordschleife is supposed to be a fair bit longer and more challenging, hopefully rivaling the racing heft of its real-world inspiration.

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Forza Motorsport’s Update 5 features the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Previously demoed as part of January 2024’s Forza Monthly livestream, Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the most popular and interesting racing tracks in the world, and the fact that it wasn’t available in Forza Motorsport on day one was, arguably, a serious misstep for racing aficionados.

Thankfully, Turn 10 is now aiming to resolve this fault once and for all, allowing players to race on the Nordschleife in any of Forza Motorsport‘s available game modes.

Whether you’re looking to try and beat 2022’s production car lap record (6:35.183, for posterity’s sake) or simply level up your vehicles on a fun and challenging new track, Nordschleife will be yours to do with as you please as soon as Update 5 hits your download queue.

In a broader sense, Forza Motorsport‘s Update 5 also marks the beginning of Turn 10’s long-term fix-up plan for the game, as outlined in the studio’s announcement from earlier this year. More specifically, Turn 10 promises that Update 5 will include all of the following improvements:

  • Option to skip practice in Career Mode events via the pre-race menu
  • Practice Session save point
  • Livery Editor fixes and quality-of-life improvements
  • Resolved letterboxing while using Photo Mode on non-baseline aspect rations (e.g. 21:9)
  • PC performance improvements (reduced CPU spikes and better GPU utilization) and framerate consistency
  • Resolved crashes caused by multi-threaded rendering
  • Fixed performance issues caused by video setting changes

The full list is, of course, far more exhaustive, but this should give you an idea of what to expect out of Update 5.

Naturally, players should still expect the majority of newly added content to be of the temporary sort, with new Career Mode championships replacing the currently available roster. That is the nature of Forza Motorsport‘s live-service approach, however. As long as there’s some evergreen content dropping in with large batches of fixes for all platforms, most players should find the game’s FOMO relatively easy to ignore.

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