Forza Motorsport 7 will no longer be available to purchase on the Microsoft Store or play on Xbox Game Pass after September 15, 2021, such as it reaches ‘end of life’ status. The game won’t go away completely – if you own the game, you can still download and play it, and the multiplayer is still accessible, but anyone without the game won’t be able to buy the digital version. According to the power Twitter accountThis is happening because the game’s licenses to use real cars and tracks are starting to expire.
If you are a long time power fan, you may have seen this happen before. Games in the series have historically seen were delisted approximately four years after their release. Horizon 3 used to be canceled in September 2020 after its launch in September 2016, and Motorsport 6 has been removed from Microsoft’s online store in September 2019, after its launch in September 2015.
Of Motorsport 7, there is the complication of Xbox Game Pass. The game will no longer be available on the service after September 15, leading to an interesting question: what about the people who didn’t buy the game, but bought DLC to play with the Game Pass version? forza says: that everyone in this situation will receive a “token” that will allow them to continue playing the game. The token will be shipped to players on August 2 and must be redeemed before September 15, 2023.
Not stupid at all! Forza games should be removed from the list after a few years because the third-party licenses that we use to use real cars, tracks and other elements are starting to expire.
— Forza Motorsport (@ForzaMotorsport) July 29, 2021
When the Forza twitter account tweeting that the games are being taken off the list as the licenses expire, fans were quick to point out that some other racing games don’t seem to have this issue. For instance, Need For Speed Rivals, with real cars, was launched in 2013 and is currently for sale on the Microsoft Store. The edge reached out to EA to get an idea of how it licenses cars for the games, but didn’t get an immediate response.
The Forza model seems curious: clearly a lot of work has gone into the games and they are often considered a standard for how good racing games can look. Then, after about four years, they become much harder to buy. One of my colleagues mourned the loss of the above Horizon 3, which he considers the best game in the series. I’ve never played it and would like to know what makes it so good – but I can’t get the game (used physical copies are available, but apparently not for PC, and I don’t have Xbox).
This isn’t necessarily to point the finger at the Forza team or put them to shame. As EA Sports and the NCAA have shown, digitizing the real world into a playable form can be messy if people or brands are involved. In addition, the makers of hyper and super cars, such as those in Forza, can be particularly protective of their brand. Ferrari reportedly sent musician Deadmau5 a cancellation letter to modify his car. It’s just strange that Forza, for whatever reason, does the licensing this way.
Although it may be a shame that Forza Motorsport 7 being pulled from Microsoft’s virtual shelves, there’s a silver lining: if you want it before it’s gone, the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate editions of the game are are all 75 percent off, selling for $9.99, $14.99 and $19.99 respectively. According to Forza .’s support article, they are on sale until September 15th and the game can still be played after it is no longer for sale.