Forza 4 is inspired by Pokemon?

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In an odd bit of news, Turn 10 creative director Dan Greenawalt recently shed some light on the various inspirations for Forza Motorsport 4, in an interview with GodIsAGeek.

While this may seem like an obvious answer, it’s inspired by motorsport, that is not all that was influencing Turn 10 in the creative process. Surprisingly two incredibly unlikely games served as the point of reference for the team at Turn 10, those games being Pokemon and World of Warcraft.

You’d be forgiven for not seeing how these game’s tie in with Forza 4 in any way at all. So let Dan Greenawalt soothe your curious mind, “We take inspiration from Pokémon for our levelling systems and addictive layer rewards and variable schedule for rewards to get people addicted. World of Warcraft for our Auction House. Storefronts was from Yahoo Stores.”

But what about other racing games Dan? Well he’s got you covered, “I play all the other racing games but I take no inspiration from them because the goal is to actually push the genre forward, and we’re known for pushing so much more than most of the genre because of things with social and user-generated content.”

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