We’re only a few short days away from Microsoft’s E3 briefing at E3 2015, where we’re expecting to get a first look at Forza 6 for XBOX One, but now new screenshots and info on Turn 10 Studio’s newest sim-racing game appear to have leaked, and if the information is accurate, then things are looking very, very promising.

A blurb in the leak says we can expect 450 cars, including the return of several race cars, that were conspicuously absent in Forza 5. It’s safe to assume we’ll see several more added after release as well. All cars will feature fully rendered cockpits and full damage. Broader tuning, customization and paint options are expected to make a return too.

Players will race in 26 different locales, including, for the first time, Daytona International Speedway. Familiar tracks like Sebring, Road Atlanta, the Nürburgring and Spa Francorchamps are all expect to return too, and the Rio de Janeiro street course, last seen in the original Forza, is mentioned as well. Two-player split screen and massive 24-driver online multiplayer race modes will be supported in addition to single-player “Drivatar” opponents in career mode.

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Now about these gorgeous screenshots! All are delivered at 1080px resolution using Turn 10 Studio’s ForzaTech engine. In the first, we get a good shot of the new Ford GT (which was the first shown on the Forza 6 cover art at the beginning of the year) pursuing a Koenigsegg, Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Aventadoron what appears to be the previously mention Rio street course, where the details, reflections and shadows on display are absolutely jaw-dropping.

The second shows our first glimpse of night racing in the Forza series, which looks seriously awesome, and while it hasn’t been confirmed, expect dynamic day-to-night cycles for an authentic endurance racing experience. We also get a good look at a McLaren MP4-12C GT3, BMW Z4 GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, all with headlights blazing.

The last screenshot shows a close-up of a Ferrari 458 Speciale, which is a welcome addition, but the big news is what’s on the car. Water! Forza 6 will introduce changing weather conditions to the series in the most realistic way we’ve ever seen. Incredibly detailed water beads cover car exteriors and “3D puddles” form on track surfaces. Expect all cars to have working windshield wipers to help out in wet conditions.

Why it matters

As good as it was, Forza 5 felt like a bit of a stopgap. As the first Forza game for XBOX One, it was the best-looking, best-driving Forza yet, but lacked many of the cars, tracks and features of previous games. Now, Turn 10 Studios is looking to rectify that by introducing more new features than we’ve ever seen in Forza game.

A December release date has already been set, at which point I might go missing for about a week. We’ll be learning much more at Microsoft’s E3 press conference on June 15, so stay tuned.

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