I always preferred PGR as the best racing series MS have done. But I’ve been playing Forza from the first. And it’s had a pretty fascinating evolution (And devolution if you count 5). And from the Demo of 7. They are making enough improvements to justify it’s existence. Weather and tyre models are updated. But the thing is, they don’t really want to deviate from the comfort zone even though they are trying to be a bit more playful by having cars like the BMW Issetta and the Mercedes Racing truck. The familiarity is very strong. Though it was very unusual for them to showcase a very difficult car to drive as the Showcase car. That Porsche is very heavy and turns in really tight yet it’s still very easy to slide out the back end. It’s rather curious.
I still have no idea what’s up with Toyota though. If you aren’t caught up. Toyota pulled a VW and removed most of their cars in the game There’s a few Dirt trucks and Kyle’ Busch’s #18 Camry from NASCAR but Supra, AE86, Celica? All gone. NFS Payback will not have Toyota either and GT Sport only has 3 models (One being the GT86 which is sold globally as the Subaru BRZ). I think PCARS 2 has the most and all are racing models. And WRC 7 has the Yaris WRC team with, get this, the Microsoft title sponsor (The only Rally cars in FM7 seem to be the Stratos Group 4, Ken Blocks WRX Ford Focus and Tanner Fousts GRC VW Beetle)
From what I can gather from Car blogs. Toyota got very insulted their brand was called “boring” so much that they killed the Scion sub brand and are apparently planning a major rebrand in the next few months. But it’s a very curious story that no one really has followed up on. VW, that was easy cause it was Dieselgate that stopped them. But Toyota? They are featured incredibly heavily in NASCAR Heat 2 to the point where their sponsorship of the game is almost overbearing. So it’s rather insane thinking. I’d love to hear the rationale or if they are planning to wait for the Rebrand before renewing licences.