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DE’ ELEGANCE // THE FORZATO LEXUS IS (Stanced Cars)

MORGAN WILSON MARCH 14, 2017
Que the VIP style history lesson. When you are a member of one of the world’s most notorious crime syndicates it is invaluable to maneuver under the radar of local law enforcement. The Yakuza needed a way to stay off the grid when traveling, yet maintain a sense of power in the form of a mildly modified luxury car. Big body sedans from the likes of Toyota and Nissan typically handled the job and commonly sported a lowered ride height and wheels varying in style along with reserved body kit pieces. VIP has been around for ages and as time has passed it has evolved and grown as all things do. Gone are the days of subtle suspension tweaks and simple window curtains, but a flashier and more extraverted aura surrounds one of Japan’s most popular and at times, underground auto cultures.While those that favor these land yachts that ride centimeters from the ground aren’t running and gunning like the mobsters that inspired this style years ago, their rides are definitely influenced by them. Here we have Saito-san’s Lexus IS350 R-Praide.Forzato Lexus IS-1

Yoshiya Saito founded Autech Shirakawa back in the early nineties and at the time they were little more than a used car dealership, but Saito-san had a greater vision for the future. He had always taken a liking to modified imports, specifically ‘bippu’ cars and wanted a way to express his interest by the way of fabricating custom parts for said vehicles. In 2008, Yoshiya closed the doors to his dealership and founded the brand known as Forzato. Specializing in body kit, interior, and big brake application, Saito-san’s crew started to make a name for themselves in the VIP scene. With a growing number of customers they began toying with the idea of building a demo car to showcase their work on various stages around the country throughout the year.

The Lexus IS seen in the photo set started life as a bone stock example that was to be built from the ground up using parts available exclusively with Forzato. Saito-san didn’t intend for the car to see daily driving duties, but to carry the brand’s flag as a show exclusive centerpiece. The flares, bumpers, and interior are all made in-house and while they carry a hefty price tag, the phrase “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more relevant as the quality and workmanship is top notch.

Air suspension is the go to solution in a majority of today’s bippu builds and while coilover fitted vehicles are still commonplace, the instant adjustability and comfort makes driving a breeze. The Forzato IS350 uses a custom air strut and shock combo to bring it closer to earth and nestle the Work rollers under the flares. Staying true to classic VIP trends the aggressive offsets and healthy amount of dish look right at home on the car. Once Saito-san’s crew had the bodywork and suspension sorted they began tackling the interior in order to get it ready for its debut at Tokyo Auto Salon 2015. Like most builds in Japan, no stone was left unturned and everything was removed leaving a blank canvas to work with. It seems like it is impossible to surprise show-goers these days with so many incredible rolling works of art present at various events, but the white crocodile leather definitely turns heads. The Forzato crew joked that it was incredibly difficult to keep clean, but with it being a show specific car they don’t have to worry much about greasy fingers or spilled drinks raining on their parade.

Forzato Lexus IS-20

Although these photos are going on three years old you wouldn’t know it unless you were the photographer or attendee to TAS ’15. That is what has kept Forzato on the map for such a long time. They are able to stay ahead of the eight ball and judge trend movement in a punctual fashion without dumping countless parts at a build just to fill space. They get things done in an efficient and effective manner. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Sometimes less truly is more.

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What We Learned from the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Beta (Games We Play)

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Over the last two weekends, players from all over the world played in one of the most important testing periods for our game. We honestly cannot thank you enough for participating, sharing your feedback, and taking part in this journey with us. It’s been an incredible time for the team and we couldn’t have learned as much as we have without you, so thank you.

During the Beta, we wanted to not only test a variety of new things such as our new matchmaking system, but we also wanted to hear all your feedback to help balance the game. We’ve been making adjustments since the Beta and below are the details on the changes you’ll see heading into launch day. Again, thank you for your support and we’ll see you online!

 

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Weapons

We received a ton of great data from the Beta, allowing us to take a hard look at all of the guns and we will make changes as needed. Here are some of the immediate tweaks we will be implementing.

• Shotguns

o Increased the consistency of shotgun damage

o Shotgun damage at longer range has been increased

o Slightly increased the one shot kill range.

o Both the Reaver and Banshee have received a slight bonus to their 1 trigger pull kill range

•Snipers

o Bullet spread at the hip no longer gets smaller as the player ADS’s. Once the scope reaches the player’s eye, the bullet spread goes instantly to zero.

o Sniper aim assist was reduced slightly for the KBS Longbow and the other bolt action snipers. Our turn rate while Aimed Down Sights is still slowed to help with precision aiming.

o Sniper-class weapons no longer have any Aim Assist until the optic fully reaches the player’s eye.

o For the ELO and Scout optics on snipers, the idle sway while ADS has been increased along with the player’s view bounce when moving. Because these optics are less zoomed in, the view bounce and the sway are felt less. These changes are to promote more stationary aiming and firing with these optics.

o The Tracking Chip optic’s visuals have been improved

o Reduced bonus of the Quickdraw attachment on snipers

o Updated snipers to have more flinch when getting shot.

• Launchers

o The Howitzer Grenade launcher can now be fired from the hip instead of requiring full ADS

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* • SMGs*

o The RPR Evo epic variant (Ripper) has had a tuning pass to increase recoil given its bonus fire rate

PERKS & RIG TRAITS

Marksman – We fixed a bug where, in addition to reducing flinch, it was also reducing recoil. This would then stack with Gun Perks and the Foregrip Attachment. This bonus reduction has been removed.

Momentum – Fixed issues with speed not being retained

Marked Target – The temporary red marker on the victim has been toned down

HEALTH REGEN AND SPAWNING

• Health Regen time has been reduced

• Infusion bonus reduced

• Continuing to refine spawn system on beta maps, will assess remaining launch maps in live environment

ECONOMY

• Increased salvage gain in mission teams.

• Changed currency value in supply drops.

• Increased drop rate of keys in round-based modes.

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SCORESTREAKS AND RIGS

AP-3X

o Increased health, bullet damage, and weapon accuracy up close to help with target acquisition

RC-8

o Increased health, increased weapon accuracy to help with target acquisition, slight increase in fire rate, and slight damage increase on splash damage

T.H.O.R

o Increased speed of tracking rockets

o Increase damage of both tracking and straight fire rockets

• Bombardment

o Slight decrease in both time to the initial drop and the time between each subsequent drop

o Updated area damage to be consistent inner to outer

• Rigs

o Refining payload balance

o Slight tweaks to gameplay balance across rigs

MODES

Defender: When carrying the Drone, the score-per-second bonus has been bumped from 5 score per second to 10 score per second. Scorestreak carrier bonus is unaffected.

Gun Game: Now features all classic weapons. In future updates, weapons with alternate functions will retain their state upon spawn.

Domination: When you step off a flag, the current capture bar progress starts to decay. The rate of this decay has been halved from the Beta. This allows players to hop off a flag to defend it and then get back on the flag with less progress loss

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MATCHMAKING

• Potential player evaluation was too strict. We were doing some very thorough testing of your connection to other players before placing you in a lobby with those players. This turned out to be a bit too thorough, and eventually was relaxed, leading to shorter matching times.

• Incorrect geographic categorization. There was an issue in our geolocation system which was causing some players to be incorrectly categorized. This was also resolved during the beta, improving matchmaking times.

• Dead lobby cleanup. The process which cleans up unused or dead lobby information from our back end was taking too long. This was causing a number of slowdowns when searching for a match.

• The matchmaker was always quite good at generating new lobbies, but one thing we noticed was that queueing into a join in progress situation was taking much longer. This was due to some issues in the way we track information about the lobbies that are currently playing a match. These issues were also addressed during the beta, and sped up the join in progress case immensely.

TTK (TIME TO KILL / ENGAGEMENT)

• We know a lot of you had different experiences with TTK during the Beta. With the above adjustments to dedicated servers, matchmaking, and weapon tuning, we think you’ll find that the TTK will be more balanced at launch, both on the attacking and receiving end. We’ll continue to monitor and balance throughout the year as need and would love your feedback in the process.

• We’re always looking at TTK and will continue to balance and monitor

DEDICATED SERVERS

• One of the major infrastructure changes we made this project was how dedicated server allocations work. We’re using a new load balancing system on the servers themselves, as well as pretty heavily changed how the game chooses a datacenter to use, and requests a dedicated server from that datacenter.

• At the start of the Beta, you may have noticed some host migrations and some poorer quality matches. We discovered some issues where the new system was dropping our dedicated server utilization numbers way below target. After some tweaks and fixes we were able dramatically improve our dedicated server utilization for the second weekend and beyond.