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#26 Posted : Thursday, March 3, 2016 11:41:42 PM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: DRIVING ASSISTS AND DIFFICULTY


Assists
Before each race players can set their own assists (unless an event as a special restriction on the easiest assists allowed). FM6 provides presets of Easy, Medium, Hard, Professional, or Veteran, or the player can use a mix of Custom settings for each assist in order to boost credit payouts. In FM6 turning off all assists provides a 75% boost in race payouts:
  • Suggested Line: Full shows guidance arrows on the track that are green for accelerate or red for brake. Braking Only just shows red when the player is exceeding grip speed coming into a corner, and Off shows now arrows.
  • Braking: Assisted activates brakes automatically based on calculated speed and grip, ABS ON pulses brakes, and ABS OFF allows the player to lock the brakes.
  • Steering: Assisted activates steering automatically, requiring only acceleration or braking, Normal is suited for controller users, and Simulation is more sensitive and suited for wheel users.
  • Traction and Stability: TCS & STM helps keeps the car from losing control, TCS ONLY limits power to the wheels to avoid burnouts, STM ONLY activates brakes to straighten a car from spinning, and OFF removes both aids.
  • Shifting: Automatic shifts the car at the rev limiter, Manual requires the driver to gear up or gear down, and Manual with Clutch requires the driver to activate the clutch and gear to shift.
  • Damage: Cosmetic shows visible cracks and paint scuffing but allows unlimited fuel and tire fidelity, Simulation depletes fuel and allows tire wear while also subjecting steering/shifting/power/braking/aero to performance failure due to cumulative damage expressed as a percentage. Simulation damage will affect control responsiveness, sound different, and emit smoke behind the car.
  • Simulation damage does not result in the car breaking apart, catching fire, or popping tires. Damaged cars are repaired by pitting or completing the race (at no cost).
  • Rewind: ON allows the player to rewind the action in segments for a 'do-over' during Free Play, Rivals, and Career racing. Rewind is not an option during Multiplayer races where the action is live.


Drivatars
  • Difficulty: In FM6 Drivatar Difficulty can be set to New Racer, Inexperienced, Average, Above Average, Highly Skilled, Expert, Pro, or Unbeatable for increased payout boost and a more challenging race.
  • Aggression: Limit Drivatar Aggression On prevents opponent Drivatars from intentionally crashing you.


Mod Cards
In FM6 Dare Mods offer payout boosts or a more challenging experience by handicapping cars with reduced shift time, extra weight, reduced grip, reduced power, or inferior grid position. The use of Mod Cars in Apex is unknown.

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#27 Posted : Thursday, March 3, 2016 11:49:29 PM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: MOD CARDS

Apex does not feature Mod Cards as in FM6.

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#28 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:24:15 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: TRACK LIST AND WEATHER/NIGHT

Forzamotorsport.net - FM6 Tracks page
Forzamotorsport.net - FM6 Features - E3 2015
arstechnica.com - Forza Motorsport 6: Getting dark and wet in a world-first hands-on - June 2015
Team VVV Youtube - Dan Greenawalt talking night and rain - E3 2015


The Apex announcement provides the list of track locations and number of layouts at 20, including night and wet-weather variants. Free Play offers the following track ribbons (lengths in miles):
2.43 Brands Hatch GP Day
2.43 Brands Hatch GP Rain
1.21 Brands Hatch Indy Day
1.21 Brands Hatch Indy Rain
3.83 Rio Full Day
2.84 Rio National Day
1.32 Rio Coast Day
1.01 Rio Mountain Day
0.68 Rio Mini Day
3.83 Rio Full R Day
2.84 Rio National R Day
1.32 Rio Coast R Day
1.01 Rio Mountain R Day
0.68 Rio Mini R Day
3.70 Sebring Full Day
3.70 Sebring Full Night
3.70 Sebring Full Rain
2.13 Sebring Short Day
2.13 Sebring Short Night
2.13 Sebring Short Rain
1.70 Sebring Club Day
1.70 Sebring Club Night
1.70 Sebring Club Rain
4.35 Spa Full Day
4.35 Spa Full Night
4.35 Spa Full Rain
1.75 TopGear Full Day
1.75 TopGear Full Rain
0.94 TopGear East Day
0.94 TopGear East Rain
0.80 TopGear West Day
0.80 TopGear West Rain
1.42 TopGear Loop Day
1.42 TopGear Loop Rain
0.94 TopGear East R Day
0.94 TopGear East R Rain
0.80 TopGear West R Day
0.80 TopGear West R Rain
1.42 TopGear Loop R Day
1.42 TopGear Loop R Rain
3.45 Yas Marina Full Day
3.45 Yas Marina Full Night
1.96 Yas Marina North Day
1.96 Yas Marina North Night
1.47 Yas Marina South Day
1.47 Yas Marina South Night
1.43 Yas Marina North Alt Day
1.43 Yas Marina North Alt Night
2.95 Yas Marina Corkscrew Day
2.95 Yas Marina Corkscrew Night

Note that these track locations in FM6 do not feature ovals, loose-surface, playground, or P2P modes.

Night
In FM6 night tracks are the same layouts as day tracks. Reduced night temperatures reduces grip. Grandstand areas of the track may be lit but further areas may be completely dark, greatly limiting visibility for cars without headlights (race cars, or damaged production cars). Night tracks are always at a fixed time and do not transition to day time in FM6. Night tracks do not feature rain in FM6.

Does night air temperature affect air density and engine performance?

Rain/Wet
In FM6 wet-weather tracks are the same layouts as day tracks but feature puddles and falling rain. FM6 automatically switches car tires to wet tread without changing PI, and automatically activates wipers for the race. Rain does not accumulate in open cockpits. Cars will hydroplane with wide tires and drag with skinny tires in the 3-D puddles. In FM6 puddles do not transition during a race (unlike the evaporation in Forza Horizon 2). In FM6 there are no tracks with both night and rain.

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#29 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:28:37 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: FREE PLAY AND SPLIT SCREEN

Free Play
Free Play allows the player to set up a custom race between you and up to 15 Drivatar opponents. You can select any track and any car you have unlocked. Locked cars can be unlocked with the use of real money. Cars can be painted and tuned here. To Test Drive a car (no time/lap limit), select Tune Setup and then the key or button for Test Drive indicated on the bottom of the screen.

Split-screen
Apex does not feature split-screen or local multiplayer.

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#30 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:30:13 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: CAREER MODE FEATURES


The Apex announcement states:
Quote:
Designed for players who are new to the Forza franchise, “Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” delivers a curated experience, featuring authentic wheel-to-wheel action, unique automotive content and constant rewards. The career mode is anchored by a new 12-event “Showcase Tour,” which introduces players to fascinating cars and unique automotive match-ups through a series of beautifully crafted and entertaining videos, narrated by automotive celebrities such as James May and Richard Hammond.

“Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” features a new objective and scoring system, which challenges the player to grow their skill and compare scores with their friends, and each event is a completely unique experience with unending replay value.

In addition, a new “Spotlight Series” will feature new Showcase-style events that will be updated on a regular basis. Whether you’re barreling around rainy Brands Hatch in your all-wheel-drive street weapon of choice or chasing down The Stig from “Top Gear” in cockpit view, there are always new and fun challenges to explore.


Does Apex use Drivatars or AI for opponents?
"Forza Motorsport 6: Apex utilizes the cloud-based Drivatars of your Xbox Live Friends and the Xbox One community" (s)

What's a Drivatar?
Forza games since FM5 have used the Drivatar system to fill a field of racing opponents in the absence of a live player (career, free play, multiplayer). Instead of a fixed A.I. program, Forza's servers learn how each player drives and creates a Drivatar to represent that player's driving style in braking, turning, acceleration, and collision avoidance. Your Drivatar appears in other players' races even when you are offline and will be labeled with your gamertag and show liveries. (s) Over time, as your driving style changes, your Drivatar's behavior changes as well; your Drivatar will lap faster or slower depending on your performance in solo and multiplayer modes. (s)

Can I choose Drivatar opponent settings, cars, and liveries?
In FM6 a Professionalism setting allows you to limit griefing behavior by Drivatars. (s)
Drivatar settings in Apex are TBA.

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#31 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:30:20 AM(UTC)
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#32 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:31:53 AM(UTC)
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#33 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 12:50:04 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: MULTIPLAYER


Does Apex have multiplayer lobbies?
"Forza Motorsport 6: Apex utilizes the cloud-based Drivatars of your Xbox Live Friends and the Xbox One community, as well as asynchronous leaderboards for comparing your Race Points, but the game will not feature online multiplayer" (s)
Quote:
Despite the fact that the game is on PC, it doesn't have traditional multiplayer – only asynchronous points leaderboards. Greenawalt says that this is by design. "This game is really focused towards the single-player experience. We wanted to curate to people very specific car, track, and experiential things they could really sink their teeth into."
(s)

Is there cross-play between Apex and FM6?
"No, it is a curated experience designed for Windows 10." (s)

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#41 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:04:14 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: RIVALS AND LEADERBOARDS


Leaderboards
Apex uses asynchronous leaderboards for comparing your Race Points with friends. (s) Other leaderboard sorting info and details are TBA.
Leaderboards are only available while playing with an active online connection. (s)


In FM6:
Rivals
Rivals is a solo mode that allows you to compete against the ghosts of other players on the leaderboards for specific events and for each class/track. The next Rival listed will be pulled from your Friends list or the next nearest Regional or Global leaderboard time if no Friends are ahead of you. These Rivals will also appear in "Congratulations you beat: " and "Next Rival" alerts on your HUD when you race in Career. You can change your target rival to any listed on that leaderboard; higher ranked targets award more credits and XP if you beat them. Players may choose their assists and use tuning setups (unless an event is restricted to Stock Only) which can be adjusted or loaded from the pre-race menu. Photo Mode is available from the pause menu, and you can view and save the replay from the post-race menu. Mods are not available in Rivals mode.

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#42 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:08:58 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: PHOTO MODE

See the FM6 Forzatography forum for examples tips.
See the Community Events forum for potential Photo Contests for Apex.

Integration of Apex and Forum/Forza Hub Gallery is unknown.

How do I post photos in the forums?
Please post photos by linking to a hosted photo site such as Flickr. Click the Post Reply button in a thread and use the Insert Image icon or use bracketed url= and /url coding and enter the url for the image itself (.jpg or .png, not a webpage). The site will automatically resize large pictures to 800px wide. Create a thread to show off your photos in the Forzatography forum. See the How to upload a photo thread for detailed instructions.

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#43 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:13:41 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: REPLAYS AND VIDEO CLIPS

The Content Creator's Area forum exists for users to find videos as well as share your own.

See the Support section at Xbox.com for information about Game DVR and Hardware requirements for Game DVR on Windows 10.

Information about any in-game replay features in Apex are unknown.

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#44 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:16:29 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: STREAMING


The Content Creator's Area forum allows users to find uploaded videos and streams, and to let others know when you'll be streaming.

Twitch Streaming and Saved Videos
The Xbox One Twitch app can be used to stream your live gameplay. You can set your channel settings at www.twitch.tv to save streamed sessions for later viewing. Use Nightbot to set commands for your channel chat.

Forzamotorsport official stream
The Turn 10 Community Team streams weekly two hour sessions on Tuesdays (1pm Pacific time) and Fridays (3pm Pacific time) at www.twitch.tv/forzamotorsport which may include Apex in the future.
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#45 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:17:55 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: ACHIEVEMENTS

Xbox.com: Achievements page
Forums: discussion thread

Apex has 24 Xbox Live Achievements worth 1000 gs points. Announced in the 4-29-16 Week in Review:

25 . . Welcome to Forza Motorsport . . Complete your first race.
10 . . Kicking the Tires . . Test Drive any car.
50 . . Welcome to Forza Hub . . Visit Forza Hub App from [APEX].
15 . . Snap! . . Share a photo.
15 . . 200 MPH Club . . Go faster than 200 mph in any car.
10 . . Nailed It . . Earn a platinum medal in one event.
30 . . Perfectionist . . Earn a platinum medals in 10 events.
50 . . Full Medal Jacket . . Earn 50 Medals.
40 . . Objectivity . . Complete 30 Bonus Objectives.
40 . . Bonus Hunter . . Complete 60 Bonus Objectives.
50 . . In the Spotlight . . Complete 5 Spotlight Series Events.
15 . . Out in Front . . Lead for a total of 50 miles.
40 . . Born Leader . . Lead for a total of 100 miles.
30 . . Spa Treatment . . Complete a race in the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán on Spa in the Rain.
30 . . Leader of the Pack . . Win a Race in a 2017 Ford GT in Freeplay with maximum opponent cars.
30 . . Pony Up . . Win a Race in a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in Freeplay with maximum opponent cars.
30 . . Atomic . . Win a Race in a 2013 Ariel Atom in Freeplay with maximum opponent cars.
40 . . In the Driver's Seat . . Finish 1st using the Suggested Line Off in Cockpit or Hood Camera.
25 . . Bronze Badger . . Equip a Bronze Level Badge.
50 . . Silver Lining . . Equip a Silver level Badge.
75 . . Gold Plated . . Equip a Gold level badge.
100 . . Pure Platinum . . Equip a Platinum level badge.
100 . . Top Rated Driver . . Earn 50,000,000 Race Points.
100 . . Grand Tour . . Complete all Races in the Campaign

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#46 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:19:28 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: PLAYERCARD BADGES


Badges are icons you can choose to display for others to see next to your gamertag on leaderboards and display above your Drivatar.

Four of the Achievements require equipping Badges, which can be found under the Driver Record menu. For Milestone badges, players unlock the Bronze level of each badge after a certain number (#) of specified tasks and then will be notified which number you need to accumulate for the Silver level of that badge, and so on with Gold and Platinum level. The badge art work will remain the same but you'll see a line at the bottom of the badge change color for each level. For instance, you need to drive 25 miles to unlock the Bronze level badge for that milestone.

Milestone Badges
  • Welcome to Forza Motorsport 6: Apex
  • Complete a race on every track configuration at Rio
  • Complete a race on every track configuration at Sebring
  • Complete a race on every track configuration at Spa
  • Complete a race on every track configuration at Yas Marina
  • Complete a race on every track configuration at Top Gear
  • Complete the Initial Experience
  • Earn # Million Race Points
  • Reach Tier # in Forza Rewards
  • Drive # miles
  • Gain # Perfect Passes
  • Earn # race wins
  • Complete # Bonus Objectives
  • Drive # different cars
  • Reach # Driver (Amateur, Professional, Veteran, Champion)
  • Complete # different events
  • Lead # laps in races


Region
There are 48 different national flags, all unlocked for you to use from the start of the game.

Player Level
  • Reach the Novice Driver level
  • Reach the Amateur Driver level
  • Reach the Professional Driver level
  • Reach the Veteran Driver level
  • Reach the Champion Driver level
  • Reach the Champion 2 Driver level
  • Reach the Champion 3 Driver level
  • Reach the Champion 4 Driver level

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#47 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 1:20:29 AM(UTC)
APEX FAQ: PLAYER STATS


The My Stats menu can be found in Driver Record from the main menu. Players can see their:
Number of Races
Number of Tour Events
Number of Victories
Total Race Points
Cars Unlocked
Distance Driven
Time Driven
Average Speed
Number of Perfect Turns/Drifts/Drafts/Passes overall and at each track
Time Driven
Time Spent Test Driving
Time Spent Tuning

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#48 Posted : Sunday, March 6, 2016 11:00:16 AM(UTC)


On March 6, 2016 Apex was added to the Windows Store as "currently not available."
Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/games/forza-motorsport-6-apex/9nblggh3shm7
Size: 28.08 GB
Rating: E for Everyone ages 6 and up
Processors: x64
Languages Supported: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional Chinese), Czech, Dutch, English, English (Australia), English (Canada), English (Ireland), English (New Zealand), English (United Kingdom), French, French (Canada), German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico)

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#49 Posted : Thursday, April 28, 2016 8:42:51 AM(UTC)
FM6:Apex Open Beta version

FM.net: Open Beta announcement
Forums: discussion thread
Release date: May 5, 2016 (time TBA)
Download Link: TBA
Install size: 28.1 GB
Price: FREE

Quote:
Open Beta Updates Delivered Throughout the Summer
During the open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, players can expect to play a beautiful, high quality experience that will run on a variety of Windows 10-enabled machines. As a first-party Microsoft studio, Turn 10 is obsessed with performance in Forza games and, during the open beta for Apex, we will be working to improve the game’s performance across a diverse selection of hardware setups (see below for our recommended PC specs).

As development continues, players can expect to see updates and improvements to the game.

For example, wheel support is coming to Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and Turn 10 is busy working to ensure that Apex delivers the kind of wheel support, performance, and features that racing fans expect from a range of available hardware. In addition we plan to support additional features that we know are important to PC gamers, such as the ability to disable Vsync and an in-app framerate counter.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex utilizes the cloud-based Drivatars of your Xbox Live Friends and the Xbox One community, as well as asynchronous leaderboards for comparing your Race Points, but the game will not feature online multiplayer or the livery design editor. However, in an early beta update, we will be adding a selection of curated livery designs from the Forza painting community to the car select flow.




Are Intel chips required or will the beta run on AMD chips?
Info pending. The announcement says Apex "will run on a variety of Windows-10-enabled machines." If your AMD system can run Windows 10 (see Microsoft.com) then it should work. This post will be updated when confirmation is available.

Is there an end date on this beta?
Info pending.

Can I choose the installation location?
Before downloading Apex, connect your preferred physical internal or external drive to your PC (the destination cannot be a different mapped drive on your C disk). Then to set the destination drive for Win10 apps, press Start > Settings > System > Storage > Save Locations > New apps will be saved to: and set your destination drive. Then download and install Apex. Otherwise, the default is to save to C:...LocalAppData\Packages.

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#50 Posted : Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:15:18 AM(UTC)
May 5
I've updated the Support and Hardware/Software posts in this thread thanks to the new Apex FAQ at support.xbox.com. Additional information updates will be added after Apex (Beta) is available to install today.

There has been no announcement on the specific time that the game will be available; Xbox One content updates typically release after 1pm Pacific time but there is no guarantee that the Windows Store will work on the same schedule. You can get to the Windows Store link by opening the Forza Hub app, click Forza Rewards, and click "Learn More" next to FM6: Apex.

I've uploaded a spreadsheet for Apex at ManteoMax.com which currently lists news links and the Achievements list. Cars list, Events list, and Track list will be updated when the game is available.
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