New Racing Game Promises The Best Dirty Video Game Cars Ever

A Forza Motorsport car looks impressively grimy in the game's latest trailer.

Image: Turn 10 / Microsoft

Forza Motorsport is one of a handful of big 2023 Xbox exclusives, and the racing sim’s devs are talking a big game from dynamic weather and changing track temperatures all the way down to minute details like how dirt accumulates on your car over the course of each lap.

“Damage and dirt build up is unique to each car,” Turn 10 vehicle art director Gabriel Garcia said during today’s Xbox Developer Direct livestream. “It’s now contextually aware and more localized. We simulate paint thickness, chipping, and directionality. Dirt accumulation is more realistic, gathering in the low pressure areas like recesses and alcoves. These innovations tell the story of the work you put into a race and reflects the marks and battle scars of motorsport.”

Throughout the presentation, Garcia and other Turn 10 developers proudly ticked off a bevy of other granular improvements to the eighth game in the series, including but not limited to:

  • dynamic time of day and weather effects
  • track temperatures that change with each lap
  • better reflections thanks to an in-game spectrophotometer
  • vegetation and overgrowth with 10 times more detail
  • regional track announcers
  • more realistic suspension, exhaust, and turbo audio

Forza Motorsport – Developer Game Overview

Forza Motorsport – Developer Game Overview

Zooming back out, the overall game will feature more than 500 cars, 800 unique upgrades, and 20 environments, each featuring multiple track layouts, including the series’ first-ever South Africa race track, Kyalami. Turn 10’s message culminated in the impressive-sounding but ultimately unquantifiable claim that Forza Motorsport’s physics engine includes a bigger leap forward than the three most recent previous games combined.

It certainly sounds like the game will exploit the new-gen Xbox Series X hardware in a way that existing first-party exclusives haven’t so far. And it should—Forza Motorsport is coming out three years after the launch of the console and six years since the last game in the series. Hopefully it learns a lesson from PlayStation 5’s Gran Turismo and doesn’t let a grindy in-game progression and monetization overshadow the simulation elements when it arrives sometime before the end of 2023.

 

Clean SpongeBob’s Dirty House In PowerWash Simulator’s Next DLC

A screenshot shows someone powerwashing a sign outside of SpongeBob's pineapple house.

Screenshot: Futurlab / Paramount

The newest DLC coming to PowerWash Simulator will let you hop into the ocean to clean up iconic locations and cars from the long-running animated show, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Since its Early Access release in 2021, PowerWash Simulator has become quite popular. While it might seem odd at first—really, people are excited about a game where you clean stuff with a powerwasher—the appeal comes from its chill vibes and just how satisfying it is to fully clean a big house, or a boat. I’ve personally logged many hours in PowerWash Simulator and can attest to its satisfying nature. I’m also a big SpongeBob SquarePants fan. So I’m pretty excited about this newly announced crossover DLC.

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The new DLC’s cost and release date

On Thursday, the PowerWash Sim devs released a short teaser for the upcoming DLC, which is titled the “SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack.” It will cost $8 and will be released later this summer. The team also released some screenshots of the DLC and shared more details about it on Steam.

The new pack will feature a “mini-campaign” consisting of six new maps featuring locations from the show like Conch Street (aka SpongeBob’s street), The Krusty Krab, The Bikini Bottom Bus, The Krusty Krab, The Patty Wagon, The Invisible Boatmobile, and The Mermalair. Also noted in the announcement is that this DLC will feature new SpongeBob-themed powerwashers and attachments. You will also get a new character model that will fit in better among the fish and sealife of Bikini Bottom.

A screenshot shows someone powerwashing a burger-themed car in the new DLC.

Screenshot: Futurlab / Paramount

I’m genuinely impressed by just how good the new levels and models look in this upcoming DLC. The screenshots released so far feature a cel-shaded look to them that pops brilliantly and looks very vibrant. I can’t wait to walk around these places for hours, slowly cleaning every square inch of dirt and grime.

This isn’t the first crossover DLC for PowerWash Simulator, as the game has previously added locations to clean from Final Fantasy 7 and Tomb Raider.

However, this upcoming SpongeBob-themed DLC pack seems to be bigger than those other crossovers, which probably explains the $8 price tag. (The other DLC packs were free.) Until it’s actually out, we won’t be able to say if it’s worth the price, but at least we’ll have something new to powerwash during the hot days of summer.

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