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Forza Motorsport 6 announced, Ford features prominently

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In a joint statement, auto manufacturer Ford and console manufacturer Microsoft have officially confirmed the next entry in the Xbox's hit racing franchise, Forza Motorsport 6, is currently in development for the Xbox One.

This announcement comes from the ongoing North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Ford has just unveiled its new Ford GT supercar - the same supercar seen above, which will grace the cover of Forza Motorsport 6. Additionally, the two companies also announced the game will feature the newly revealed F-150 Raptor and Shelby GT350 Mustang models before they are available to the public.

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"It is an honor to share this historic moment with Ford and celebrate the legacy of the GT by making it the featured cover car of Forza Motorsport 6," Xbox head Phil Spencer said of the collaboration. "We're thrilled to have the unique opportunity to announce Forza Motorsport 6 the day the car debuts - on one of the biggest stages in the automotive industry, and we can't wait to share more details on the game later this year."

While no gameplay details were revealed in the announcement, series history suggests that Forza Motorsport 6 will again be an attempt at capturing hardcore, simulation-style racing on proper tracks and street courses, as opposed to the more arcade-style, open-world racing found in the off-shoot Forza Horizon games. Microsoft has not announced a Forza Motorsport 6 release date yet.
[Images: Ford/Microsoft]

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