Jeremy Clarkson will not feature in the next release of the Forza Motorsport series according to developer, Turn 10 who has a licensed agreement with the BBC for Top Gear. This comes after Clarkson allegedly punched a Producer after a day of recording and was released from Top Gear hosting duties although not prevented from appearing on the BBC in general. There is mumbling that Clarkson, Hammond and May are working with Netflix to bring a new car show to the service as well as Chris Evans taking on Top Gear hosting for the BBC.
Richard Hammond and James May will both feature in Forza 6 giving their voices and knowledge to the vehicles in game as well as The Stig’s Digital Cousin.
Turn 10 content director John Wendl explained the situation
Top Gear still very much is a part of [Forza] Motorsport. We have Stig’s Digital Cousin, we have the Top Gear Test Track, we have Top Gear inspired events in the game, and we actually have Richard [Hammond] and James [May] continuing to do voice over in the game as well.
But that’s actually led us to some new approaches to our career mode which we call Stories of Motorsport. Our new career has over 70 hours of gameplay and we’ve kinda doubled-down on that; we’ve brought in voices and personalities from racing and automotive entertainment to come in and really expand the career. You move through and you experience these things called Showcase Events that may take you back to a pre-war era Formula cars or something like that, or classic muscle cars.
So we’ve brought in these different personalities to come in and actually talk about these, why they’re special; help stoke people’s interest and passion in these races.
Forza Motorsport 6 is due for release on Xbox One on the 15th September.