Turn 10 Studios, developer of the Forza Motorsport series, has released a behind-the-scenes video of the step-by-step process that goes into translating a real-world racetrack into a fully digital track that players can experience in the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4 for Xbox 360.
It all starts with a visit to the track, in this case Hockenheim in Germany. Here, Turn 10's guys snap thousands of photos, record video of multiple laps from multiple angles, and collect sub-centimeter-accurate military-grade GPS data for the layout, elevation, and camber of the track. Next, the developers take the collected data and feed it to their team of modelers and artists, who bring the track to life. Actual pro race drivers are brought as the virtual track nears completion to vet accuracy and consult on the details so that, according to the Turn 10 team, it feels as real as it looks.
Check out the video below to follow the creation of the Hockenheim track. Forza Motorsport 4 comes out October 11 for the Xbox 360 console.