Racers call rain "the great equalizer," and Forza Motorsport 6 is aiming to give players a taste of just how treacherous it can make a track.

In the latest trailer for the game, the rendering of the water looks predictably amazing, and Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios went to obsessive lengths to ensure the wet-weather setting will be as authentic as possible, even heading out to tracks to check the placement of puddles. Forza features nearly 150 different playable surfaces, including tarmac, rumble strips, gravel, and grass, and each was re-calibrated to reflect the look and feel of the wet stuff, which seems like a ferociously complex task.

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IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden—who trains on multi-million dollar simulators—was brought on board to help the game's development, and he was blown away by how the designers were able to replicate the conditions. Apparently, even the high-end professional rigs don't have settings for rain.

We've been big fans of Forza since the first version, and can't wait to check out the latest edition. If you're going to pick up a copy, go ahead and spring for an actual wheel setup. Because playing a driving game this advanced with an Xbox controller is like shooting pool with a golf club.

Forza Motorsport 6 will be released September 15th.


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