Forza Horizon 5 was one of Microsoft’s biggest surprises at E3 2021, with many fans expecting Forza Motorsport instead. Now, we have concrete details on Mexico’s map, biomes, features, gameplay, and that all-elusive release date.
The game’s current entry, Forza Horizon 4, has enjoyed a wealth of content in its tracks since it launched in 2018. With more than two years of development time, the studio is now making the leap to a fifth iteration in the series, and it’s coming sooner than we thought.
In the midst of the long wait up to the reveal, we’ve previously seen some hints of the overall map that drivers can expect to traverse in the wide-open map that the studio has been known to craft for every Forza Horizon entry.
While little is known about the track-centric Forza Motorsport, these details about the upcoming open-world driver are incredibly exciting.
Forza Horizon 5 platforms
Forza Horizon 5 trailers
During E3 2021, we finally got the first official look at the beautiful landscape we’ll be able to traverse in Horizon 5’s Mexico setting.
The devs also shared with us an in-depth look at the upcoming gameplay, detailing everything from graphical improvements to new game modes.
Forza Horizon 5 features
The game gives players plenty of features to make this entry the best we’ve seen yet. Microsoft says that we can “lead breathtaking expeditions across the vibrant and ever-evolving open-world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world’s greatest cars.”
All of the features that have been confirmed so far are:
- Volumetric lighting system.
- Weather effects.
- Meet up with friends for a drive.
- An “honest, authentic” recreation of Mexico.
- Real-life recreations of points of interest, such as murals.
- Huge viewing distances.
- A focus on one of Mexico’s cities most beautiful cities, Guanajuato.
- Dynamic, realistic lighting that changes every frame.
- Forza Link: A new AI assistant that tracks players to allow them to easily play together.
Forza Horizon 5 new biomes
A staggering 11 different biome types have been revealed for Forza Horizon 5, taking players through many different styles of locations, whether they’re on a leisurely drive or looking to head into a race. In alphabetical order, these are:
- Arid Hills
- Living Desert
- Rocky Coast
- Sand Desert
- Tropical Coast
- Urban City of Guanajuato
With such a varied variety to drive through and explore, Forza Horizon 5 continues to reveal features that pushes the incredible Forza Horizon 4 even further.
Forza Horizon 5 dynamic weather effects
While it was evident in the trailer that weather is going to play a key role in how the map of Forza Horizon 5 is going to look, during the most recent developer insight they talked about this feature more.
Art Director, Don Arceta spoke on how they’ve wanted to incorporate these features for quite some time, “Storm chasing was a big thing in our plans when we were starting the project.” We know we will be seeing dust storms, and lightning storms within the game, and the map will always be changing depending on the type of storm going on.
Forza Horizon 5 game modes: Battle royale, Piñata Pop, more
We finally have some idea as to what content we’ll be looking at in Forza Horizon 5. So far, we know that players can take part in:
- A Battle Royale mode.
- Piñata Pop: A mini-game that tasks players to pop as many piñatas as they’re able while driving.
- Street races.
- Expedition Mode: A new mode that players the chance to create their own game modes and races.
Forza Horizon 5 full car list
We’ve put together a list of all the cars we know about that will be appearing in Forza Horizon 5 so far. These are:
Forza Horizon 5 Mexico screenshots
We’ve picked our favorite screenshots from the reveal that showcase how amazing this game looks. Check them out:
The Forza community has been getting a better picture of what Horizon 5 could entail, especially since this map leak has been circulating of Mexico’s setting.
Leaked ahead of E3, we still haven’t had confirmation of whether or not this will be exactly what players can look to see when they finally get their hands on the game.
Forza Horizon 5 Mexico leaks
Back in April, leaks about the newly revealed Mexico setting surfaced. VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb and WindowsCentral’s Jez Corden both tweeted cryptic messages between one another that leakers have speculated hinted towards the setting, and forum board members have also done the same.
(Speculation) Looks like Forza Horizon 5 will be set in Mexico 🇲🇽🚗🤔 pic.twitter.com/nwReSnZOTo
— Idle Sloth (@IdleSloth84) April 24, 2021
Tech blogger and editor, Corden, was also previously spotted tweeting out a group of emojis that included the Mexican flag, a car, and many others that had led to much speculation about it:
🇲🇽🚗, ⭐🚜, 😇♾ … 🌀➕…🐲?
— Jez Corden (@JezCorden) April 29, 2021
So, there you have it. That’s everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 and its release date so far. Make sure to check back, as we’ll continually update you with new information as it becomes available.
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