Racing game fans are waiting eagerly to hear about the release date of Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox One, which will probably come at E3, but today we might have gotten a rather relevant hint on when we’ll be able to play Turn 10’s next game.
That said, I’d like to premise what follows with a disclaimer: this is just speculation based on what has been publicly released. We have no insider knowledge, so you should keep in mind the nature of what you’re going to read and temper your expectations accordingly.
Today we got a press release with the official announcement of the G290 racing wheel by Logitech, and there are strong hints to a solid partnership for the wheel between the manufacturer and Microsoft.
The announcement included, in fact, comments from Logitech gaming business General Manager Ujesh Desai and Xbox Accessories Director of Business and Strategy James Hunter (incidentally, there was no comment from Sony in the press release about the G29 for PS4 and PS3):
“The G920 is the wheel fans have been asking for on Xbox One. We built on our history and legacy of previous generation driving wheels to deliver on a truly immersive experience for Xbox One gamers. I personally can’t wait to get behind our new wheel to play Forza Motorsport 6.”
“This is great news for all of the Xbox One racing fans who used a Logitech wheel in the past and have been asking for this on our system. With the release of Forza Motorsport 6 later this fall racing enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the game with the Logitech G920 Racing Wheel.”
As you can see, both talked rather extensively about Forza Motorsport 6, but there’s more.
There was no mention in the press release for the PS4 wheel G29 on where it’ll appear at E3, probably meaning that it’ll be at Logitech’s own booth, but the G290 will be under the spotlight somewhere else:
“The Logitech G920 Driving Force will be featured in the Xbox booth in the South Hall during E3 2015.”
This also seems to suggest a rather relevant partnership. It’s even possible that the almost inevitable demo stations of Forza Motorsport 6 on the show floor might use G290 wheels.
Where does this bring us?
It’s very likely that the game and the wheel will be released at the same time, and we already know that the Logitech G920 will hit the shelves in October.
It wouldn’t make sense for Logitech to release the wheel after Forza Motorsport 6, as this would serve a competitive advantage to its competitors, that already have their wheels on the market. People often buy their wheels at the same time as a new game.
A release at the same time would maximize sales, and would benefit both Logitech and Microsoft, that would have a solid high-end wheel with clutch ready for its new racing game.
We’ll know if I’m right on Monday, but for now I definitely expect to see Forza Motorsport 6 announced with an October release window.