Forza Horizon 5 is almost here, as the fifth iteration of Playground Games’ open-world racer is now only a month away.
For its latest outing, the racing sim is heading towards “authentic” entertainment of Mexico and will boast the largest open-world environment the series has ever seen. Expect to traverse forests, deserts, urban areas and ancient ruins as you tear the rubber of the world’s fastest – and most beautiful – cars.
As the game’s November release date nears, we’re learning more about it through trailers, interviews, and behind-the-scenes features, all of which give us things to do with things like audio ray tracing and an incredibly dynamic weather system. Providing insight into new features. From what we’ve seen so far, Forza Horizon 5 is set to be the best-looking release in the series and an exciting showcase for the power of the Xbox Series X. Not only that, as an Xbox title, it will have a first day pass on the game.
Below, we cover everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 so far, including its release date, price, compatibility, and new features.
[Update: Forza Horizon 5’s full map has been revealed. Read on to find out more.]
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cut to the chase
- What is this? The fifth entry in Forza’s open-world Horizon series
- When is it out? November 9, 2021 (early access November 5, 2021)
- compatibility? Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC
Release date, price and compatibility
Forza Horizon 59 is set for release on November 9, 2021 xbox series xhandjob xbox series and PC, making it the first game in the franchise to be moving exclusively to next-gen consoles. Premium Edition owners will get early access from November 5, 2021.
The Standard Edition will cost $59.99 / £54.99 (around AU$75) at launch, with the Deluxe Edition – which includes Car Pass – a little pricier at $79.99 / £69.99 (around AU$100). The premium version will cost $99.99 / £84.99 (about AU$130), with the premium add-on bundle – sold separately as an upgrade package for those above versions – that costs $49.99 / £39.99 (about AU$65) Is.
Forza Horizon 5 will also be available on day one xbox game pass, which costs $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$10.95 per month.
Settings and new features
Forza Horizon 5 is once again being developed by Playground Games – the studio on top of all four previous entries in the series – and swaps the British setting of its predecessor for a fictionalized version of Mexico.
Playground says this new location will mark the largest and most diverse open world ever playable in a Forza Horizon game, with a total of 11 biomes ranging from jungles to deserts. These environments will also boast dynamic weather mechanics previously introduced in Forza Horizon 4, which can see you drifting across scorching sand dunes with sudden thunderstorms. The difference compared to Forza Horizon 4, however, is that each biome will transition through the game’s seasons differently, with each biome boasting its own distinct dynamic weather.
For new features beyond its setting, Forza Horizon 5 is mixing tried-and-tested racing formulas. For the first time, the franchise is launching a “deep and rewarding campaign” under Horizon Story, where players will meet new characters and determine the outcome of their missions. Don’t expect an unknown-level narrative, but it’s exciting to see the game’s developer pushing the boat (or car?) out with their latest entry in the series.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Forza Horizon 5’s lead game designer, Mike Brown, spoke about the decision to introduce campaign-like missions into the game: “They give us the opportunity to showcase a lot of exciting things that can happen in the future. The game has to offer. A curated, story-driven experience,” he added.
“A lot of those things can and do come naturally to free-rom when you’re exploring, but it gives a more curated way of doing it. At the end of each campaign, you’ll find a New horizons open the venue of the celebration, and with it loads of new races.”
It also includes Forza LINC, a new AI assistant that will track your position, the people you meet online and help you play together, as well as Horizon Arcade, where players engage in various challenges and mini-games. will travel cooperatively on the map for Play
EventLab is also new, and will allow players to create their own races, modes, and experiences. We don’t know the scale of this construction device yet, but at E3 we saw a glimpse of bowling pin runs, giant jumps and giant fans propelling vehicles into the air.
To improve social play and PvP racing, Horizon Tour and Horizon Open will make it easy to jump in and out of different modes with other players around the world – the developer says “capturing the car-meets experience” . Also improved is Forza Horizon 4’s Battle Royale mode – also known as Eliminator – where players race against others online, trying to avoid expulsion by staying ahead of the pack.
Customizations for both vehicles and character models have also been tweaked, with “thousands” more visual and performance upgrades available to players at launch. Right now, we don’t know the exact lineup of vehicles that will be playable in-game, though we did see beach buggies, off-road racers and of course supercars in the reveal trailer.
- Why Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico promises to be the most exciting place yet
As we’ve said before, Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico map will be made up of 11 different biomes, each offering a different driving experience – as well as local weather and weather conditions. Here are the biomes you can expect:
The Living Desert features a vast cactus desert filled with giant saguaros, as well as rock formations and piles that are unique to the region. In addition, this biome is full of foliage, with wildflowers appearing in certain seasons.
The sand desert consists of sand dunes with silky-smooth velvety sand. There are obviously many long, straight roads in this biome which would be great for testing out how fast your car can really go.
The Rocky Coast offers a spectacular view of the ocean and, as such, a spectacular view of the sunset and sunrise. This biome also contains the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a distinctive rock formation, as well as a golf course.
The farmland displays many crops that are native to Mexico. This biome is made up of lush vegetation, fruit-bearing trees, and wide (but shallow) rivers. You also have the option of breaking your way through the fence if you wish.
The Arid Hills Biome is near the farmland region and is characterized by dry grass on the rolling hills – just beware of the dense trees and prickly pear cacti. But the most interesting aspect of this biome is a lake that dries up in winter, giving you access to paths previously unavailable.
The volcano serves as the tallest peak ever to sport a skyline – and some of the best views. It also undergoes the most dramatic weather change of all biomes, being covered with snow in winter.
The Canyon Biome is all about verticality and scale. This biome is full of rock formations patterned with unique stripes. Canon will also offer the best showcase for Forza Horizon 5K ray tracing audio, as the sound of the car is able to bounce off walls.
The jungle biome offers the ability to discover ruins, temples (based on real Mexican temples) and waterfalls to investigate. There is even an abandoned airstrip, which has been reclaimed by nature to highlight.
The swamp is near the forest and has rooted mangrove trees (which you can pluck) scattered in the shallow water.
The Tropical Coast biome is essentially like a Mexican holiday resort. This biome has palm trees, white beaches, loungers, huts and seagulls, but it becomes a little less dreamy during stormy weather.
urban city of guanajuato
Guanajuato is the urban biome of Forza Horizon 5, full of history, color and Spanish colonial architecture. Guanajuato is also a multi-layered city, featuring both winding hills and tunnels, with narrow streets showing that new ray tracing audio.
Forza Horizon 5 Trailer and Gameplay
If you’ve been searching for all the Forza Horizon 5 trailers in one place, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up all the trailers you’ll be seeing for Forza Horizon 5, so sit back, relax, and watch them all below.
Nature Sounds of Forza Horizon Mexico
Come and enjoy the sounds of the Horizon Festival in Mexico featuring 30 minutes of ambient sounds in this video, captured in-game. Headphones recommended.
Forza Horizon 5: Ford Bronco Badlands
Take a closer look at the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands, one of Forza Horizon 5’s cover cars, in this brand new trailer.
Forza Horizon 5 Official Early Drive Trailer
Want to see how your journey begins in Forza Horizon 5? Playground games show the first eight minutes of the game, which introduces the player to the expansive landscape of Mexico.
Forza Horizon 5 official cover cars trailer reveals
The official cover cars for Forza Horizon 5 have been unveiled, and they include the Mercedes-AMG One and the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands. Watch them in the trailer below.
12 minute gameplay trailer
Following the reveal of the full map of Forza Horizon 5, YouTuber and Forza Horizon content creator Don Jovon Song has uploaded twelve minutes of gameplay footage in 4K, giving fans an idea of where to explore parts of that map. How it is. There are still parts of the game that will be fixed before release and these are noted in the footage.