Forza Horizon 5 is officially official. It was just announced moments ago during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase. There has been speculation surrounding a new Forza Horizon game for months and today some theories were realized while others were debunked.
We’ll get into some of that later. For now let’s talk about all Forza Horizon 5 details that were revealed.
When is the release date for Forza Horizon 5?
Forza Horizon 5 (standard edition, and deluxe digital) will release on November 9th, 2021 digitally and on physical media.
Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition buyers will have early access to the game starting on November 5th, 2021. Those who buy the Standard or Deluxe Digital editions can buy the Premium package separately should they want to upgrade.
What platforms will Forza Horizon 5 launch on?
Forza Horizon 5 will be available for current and past-gen Xbox consoles including: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and Xbox Series X|S.
Forza Horizon 5 will have Xbox’s “Smart Delivery” so anyone who buys the Xbox One version will get to upgrade to the Xbox Series X|S version for free when they upgrade their console.
It will also be available on Windows 10 PC and will be available in the Steam Store.
Finally, the standard edition will be available on Xbox Game Pass. Forza Horizon 5 is up for pre-order right now and can be added to your wishlist on Steam.
Forza Horizon 5 Will Take Place In Mexico
Hopefully none of you bet money that the next Forza Horizon game would take place in Japan. Despite some compelling leaks that suggested Japan (which are now confirmed to be fake), it was announced that Forza Horizon 5 will take place in Mexico.
If there is one thing that is needed to make a Forza Horizon game successful, it’s a location with diverse landscapes. Considering that Mexico has desert, rainforests, mountains, and beaches, it more than fits the bill for a prime Horizon location. That’s not to mention landmarks like Mayan ruins that can really add some layers to the gameplay.
Playground Games Creative Director Mike Brown stated that Forza Horizon 5‘s Mexico location will be the “largest and most diverse open world ever” in a Horizon game.
Given how vast the current UK open world is in Forza Horizon 4, that’s quite a statement.
To drive home that point, an authentic mural by Mexican artist Farid Rueda covering the side of a building in a seaside town.
Taking on a place such as Mexico means making sure it’s done right as to not disrespect the countries culture and people. Brown said that their recreation of Mexico is “honest, authentic, and filled with love.”
Forza Horizon 5 graphics, resolution and frame rates
On the Xbox Series X Forza Horizon 5 will run in 4K resolution at 30fps. On the Xbox Series S the game will run in 1080p at 30fps. Both the Series X and Series S versions of the will have a “performance mode” that delivers higher frame rates at lower resolutions. However those resolutions and frame rates have not been specified yet.
The resolutions and frame rates for the Xbox One family of consoles was not revealed but we speculate that it will be similar to the Series X and S consoles but with lower visual detail (no ray tracing, etc.).
Admittedly, we’re a little disappointed that even on the new Xbox Series X, Forza Horizon 5 will still be limited to 30fps at 4K resolution and that the Series S is limited to 1080p resolution.
We suspect that the open world is just so vast that a significant amount of processing power and RAM is being devoted to rendering it all, thus limiting the frame rate and resolutions available.
Resolution and frame rates aside, Forza Horizon 5 has numerous graphical upgrades that leverage the power of the new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. That includes raytracing, photogrammetry to reproduce photo-real environments, and the return of their special 12K resolution HDR camera rig.
The team used this special camera to record 24 hour cycles of Mexican skies and translated all of that into the game.
They started this practice back in Forza Horizon 3 and it continues to be a staple of their development tool box. Combined with raytracing, this effect results in dynamic lighting that changes with every frame.
Forza Horizon 5 Arcade Mini Games
In what we speculate is a new take on multiplayer “playgrounds” is what Mike Brown called “Horizon Arcade Mini games.” Which seems to be a collection of multiplayer mini games that a group of players can participate in.
One example that was shown was an arcade mini game called “Piñata Pop”. In this mini game Piñatas are dropped from a cargo plane above and players have to “pop” as many as they can within a given time limit.
Forza LINC is a new AI assistant that “intelligently tracks” the player’s status and the status of the people the player meets online and helps them “Link Up” and play together.
For example, if you’re about to play a certain arcade mini game, Forza LINC may suggest you invite a friend that it knows particularly enjoys that same game. That friend can then accept the invite and will seamlessly be guided to the action via GPS.
Forza Horizon 5 EventLab
Imagine if you combined Forza Horizon‘s “Blueprint mode” and “Super7” mode and you get the new “EventLab” in Forza Horizon 5. EventLab is a toolset that players can use to create their own game modes, races, and other experiences.
Players will be able to customize various aspects, including the “fundamental rules” of the games created.
In Horizon Tour mode players will be able to jump into races from anywhere in the open world and meet up with other players to race against Drivatars. The group then drives together across the open world to the next tour location. To us, it seems similar to the online adventure mode that is currently found in Forza Horizon 4.
The Horizon Open is a PvP experience that focuses on the more casual races, mini games, drifting, and modes like The Eliminator. Players will be able to stay in the Horizon Open for as long as they want until they eventually want to move on to something else.
While no vehicle customization was shown, we did get some information about it. There will be a “complete UX (user experience) overhaul in line with modern image manipulation software.” We’re not sure what that means but we hope that it’s good.
As far as new parts, it’s been confirmed that 100 new rims are added and “hundreds of new visual upgrades” as well as “thousands of performance upgrades”.
We hope this means tons of new body kits and motor swaps.
The Forza Horizon 3 and 4 dabbled in customizing the avatars that the players choose to represent them but Forza Horizon 5 is promising to take it up a few notches. There will be a more “diverse cast” of selectable characters and there will be new customization options.
Players will be able to customize their avatar’s hair style, color, add prosthetic limbs, choose pronouns, and select different voices.
Clothing will return as well and players can buy different articles of clothing with in-game credits.
Players in the Forza Horizon 5 community will now be able to gift each other cars via gift drops. Custom paint jobs and performance upgrades can be applied to cars before they are gifted.
Forza Horizon 5 Standard, Deluxe, and Premium editions
There will be three versions of Forza Horizon 5 available: the standard edition, deluxe digital edition (digital only), and premium edition (digital only).
The Standard Edition can be had on a physical disc or digitally for the usual $59.99 price and includes the base game.
The Deluxe Edition is digital only, will retail for $79.99 and includes the base game and the car pass which automatically nets the player at least six car pass DLC packs.
The Premium Edition is also digital only, will set you back $99.99 and includes the game, the car pass, two expansions, VIP status, a “welcome pack”, and early access to the game starting on November 5th, 2021.
If someone starts with the Standard or Deluxe editions, they can buy a “Premium Add-ons bundle” which includes all the goodies that come with the Premium edition. That bundle will set you back $49.99
So buying the Premium edition from the start will save about 10 or 30 bucks depending on what edition someone starts off with.
Forza Horizon 5 trailer
Forza Horizon 5 gameplay demo
You can see Forza Horizon 5 in action above and so far it looks amazing. Hopefully we get a chance to go hands on with the game before it releases this November. We covered a lot from what was revealed today but is there anything that you want to know that we haven’t covered yet?
Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.