Microsoft is releasing a free version of its exclusive racing series Forza Motorsport for PC owners this spring, according to The Seattle Times. Titled Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, the Turn 10 Studios developed game is a “slimmed down version” of Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 6 and will only be available to Windows 10 users.
The now-deleted article details Microsoft’s plan to strengthen their presence in PC gaming at a daylong media event held last week in San Francisco. Microsoft’s idea is to link the Xbox One and PC together through Windows 10, since the Xbox One runs on a tailored version of Windows 10. One project included in the plan is to “link Microsoft’s PC-focused Windows store with the selection of games and applications available on Xbox.”
Microsoft has made small steps to support PC gaming by announcing the upcoming free-to-play Fable Legends would feature cross-play between PC and Xbox One players and adding the same functionality to the Windows 10 version of Minecraft. No details were given if Forza Motorsport 6: Apex has any connectivity with the previous Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox One.
This news comes three weeks after Microsoft announced Quantum Break would be sold on the Windows Store for Windows 10 alongside its Xbox One counterpart this April. The game was originally announced as an Xbox One exclusive title, but now anyone who pre-orders the digital Xbox One edition also receives the Windows 10 version for free. Quantum Break and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will only be available on PC through the Windows Store application, and not Valve-owned Steam or other digital marketplaces.