When can you play Forza Horizon 5? Early access, unlock time & preload info

Alec Mullins
Car racing down a dirt road in Forza Horizon 5Playground Games

Forza Horizon 5 arrives on November 9, but what does that mean for early access and players across different time zones? We’ve got everything you need to know about how and when you can play, from preload information through to download sizes. 

The Forza Horizon series returns with another high-octane installment. This time around players will be hitting the vast open roads of Mexico as they race their friends, enemies, and anyone else who steps up to the plate.

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If you’re looking to get into the Forza Horizon 5 action when the flag drops or through early access, there are a few things to know about the “rolling release” schedule and how it affects your ability to access the game.


An official screenshot from Forza Horizon 5, featuring snowy mountains and the logoMicrosoft
Forza Horizon 5 will arrive for most players on November 9, but the system for release is a little bit complicated.

When can you play Forza Horizon 5?

While the game is set to release at Midnight on November 9, this time will vary for countries with different time zones and those who have early access.

  • The midnight designation is for the Easternmost zone in your region, so you’ll have to adjust accordingly. For the United States, this means you can get into the action at 12:01 a.m. EST/9:01 p.m. PST.
  • For players who have pre-ordered the Premium Edition or the Premium Add-Ons bundle, these same rules will apply, but early access means that FH5 will unlock four days earlier on November 5.

In order to play right away though, you’ll need to have everything installed before that time comes.

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Two cars racing through the streets of Mexico in Forza Horizon 5Xbox Game Studios
Pre-installs are now available for the new game across Xbox, PC, and Steam, but you’ll need to wait a bit before you can jump into the action.

How to preload Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox, Steam & PC

Forza Horizon 5 is available for preload on both Xbox and PC right now, provided that you’ve purchased it through the Microsoft Store, Steam, or have an active Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass for PC subscription.

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  1. Search for the game on the platform your pre-order is on.
  2. Either select the game or its pre-installed placeholder file already on your console.
  3. Confirm the download and wait for the ‘installed’ notification.

Preloading is also an option for anyone who has pre-ordered a physical copy, with the Xbox smartphone app allowing allow you to search for the game and set it to download through the interface.

Forza Horizon 5 download size

Keep in mind that the download file sizes are big, so you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got ample free space on your platform of choice:

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  • Xbox Series X|S: 103 GB
  • Xbox One: 116 GB
  • Windows: 103 GB
  • Steam: 103 GB

That’s everything you need to know about when you can play Forza Horizon 5 and get into early access.

Make sure to check out our other tips and tricks for all the latest guides to help you throughout Mexico:

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Alec Mullins is an FPS writer focusing on Call of Duty and Apex Legends and their respective esports scenes. He worked at TheGamer before joining Dexerto. On the weekends, you'll find him watching the CDL and jamming to The Mountain Goats. You can find Alec on Twitter @LifeAsAlec