Since its announcement during the Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase, Forza Horizon 5 has entered a real media marathon that will end with the release on November 9th. Until then, the developers at Playground Games will be speaking regularly to tell us more about the game, its features, the map, the cars, or even the game modes. Today they publish a monthly update on the site Forzamotorsport.net. This not only traces the elements we were able to learn from the developers’ first two presentations of the title, but also those from theInterview by Mike Brown from Eurogamer. Let’s check it all out in detail!
An incredibly rich playground
For a Forza horizon, the choice of the destination is the first major challenge for developers. For this fifth part, it was clear to them that this would be the largest and most diverse of all the games in the series. But as they themselves admit, there is no point in reproducing a vast territory if it is not very variable in its environment and atmosphere. And here they realized Mexico. In fact, this very large country in North America has the peculiarity of encompassing a multitude of different biomes with their own climatic properties. For example, in the middle and north of the country we have arid areas strewn with cacti, further south we have tropical forests, a more oceanic climate on the coasts and even mountain ranges that can have particularly low temperatures and snow! So all this multitude of environments makes the map of Forza Horizon 5 an absolutely rich playground for all pilots who will traverse this gigantic open world. Did you like the presence of animals in the current episode? Know well that there will be in Mexico too. Okay, not the same variety, but there will be! In addition, the developers have already named the bighorn sheep (also known as the “desert mouflon”).
A completely different seasonality
The season system first appeared in the series’ history in Forza Horizon 4. As you have no doubt learned, each of the four periods of the typical temperate climate in Western Europe takes place for one week before giving way to the next. But in Forza Horizon 5, the system of seasons will be completely different because Mexico doesn’t have the same climate as Britain at all. Even at the base, it is a huge country on the Tropic of Cancer, at a much lower latitude than the United Kingdom. Without wanting to take a course in meteorology, the climatic conditions will therefore be much more contrasting than in Europe. This means that you do not have a pronounced calendar season, but rather an alternation of dry periods and other humid periods. As mentioned above, however, not all areas will experience the same climate. In summary, it can be said that this seasonality can be observed not only chronologically but also geographically. Large-scale and / or particularly violent climatic phenomena such as sandstorms or torrential rains are also to be expected.
A world-famous cultural heritage
What would a Forza horizon without a local cultural side in the spotlight? In this point too, Mexico has established itself as an ideal choice due to the wealth of its world-famous culture. In order to transcribe it safely, the developers surrounded themselves with photographers, but also local artists on their travels, be it for wall art or music. On this page you can of course accompany your various trips on Mexican territory with several typical songs through the different radio stations available. Playground Games has mainly called on local musicians for the soundtrack, which will include completely new tracks in addition to existing titles.
Besides, what would a Forza horizon without a celebration of local automotive culture? How Mike Brown mentioned, it is certain that Mexico does not have as many well-known manufacturers as the UK. Even if he couldn’t tell us anything about this point, he reassured us by pointing out that the country also has a very rich automotive culture that is being promoted well Forza Horizon 5.
What about the game modes?
It is you who will discover the festival sites!
So far, you have played an unknown pilot landing on the grounds of an already established Horizon festival in all the games in the series. Whether in Colorado, France, Australia or Great Britain, the Horizon Festival was already established when you arrived. in the Forza Horizon 5, things should be very different as stated Mike Brown. So you should arrive on a huge territory that is still untouched by any presence of festival goers. It is therefore up to you to go exploring to find the different locations that are suitable for setting up the Horizon Festival.
Do you remember the expeditions that Mike Brown Quickly addressed during the gameplay demo in the Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase? Well, according to him, these will represent “highlights of the campaign”. In summary, you will explore the different sectors of the map one by one. However, to gain access to a new area you will need to unlock and possibly win expeditions which arguably are similar to sprints to get into the new area. However, to unlock them, you will surely have to prove yourself on the road (and off the beaten track) at the wheel of your car!
The championships and seasonal challenges are back!
With Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games had introduced a whole new system of seasonal championships. Based on the length of the seasons, these festival selections (check the website for details each week) should offer pilots several temporary events that are key to many rewards, including new vehicles. As indicated Mike Brown, the developers are very satisfied with the formula they found Forza Horizon 4, with a selection of events that won’t take too long, and new vehicles to be won on a regular basis. As a result, this system will resume in this fifth episode, even if the creative director states that it is not a strict implementation of the system from the previous episode.
The Event Lab: When Blueprint and Super7 are one!
The developers at Playground Games have always encouraged gamers to a large extent to let their creativity speak for itself through the saga. Forza horizon. This was particularly evident in the special paintwork of the vehicles, but not only. With the blueprint they had the opportunity to create their own layout for the races. When the Super7 appeared at the end of last year, this time the creative side took a new step with the possibility of many objects of all kinds (springboards, pipes, windmills, tyrannosaurus, panels, etc.) crazy races, but no longer just on the cows’ floor. With a revised and well-developed tool, this creation aspect of the proof page should have a bright future ahead of it Forza Horizon 5.
What about multiplayer modes?
in the Forza Horizon 4, In addition to the Festival Selection, we had to compete against other online pilots on the online adventure page. However, as the developers admit, this system made victory very important, almost essential, despite everything, which frustrated many players. Without saying much Mike Brown stated that Horizon Open (the online mode of Forza Horizon 5 Editor’s Note) will be “less stressful, more inclusive (and) approachable” than in the current game.
The Forzathon Live is dead! Long live Horizon Arcade!
Do you remember the countdown that appears every hour at the top of your screen inviting you to go to an area with an airship hovering over it? Well it’s Forzathon Live! During this event, you will work with the other pilots present in the session in order to master various challenges together. However, after the event was won, everyone left to go about their own business. While the idea of working as a team with other players is appealing, it’s unfortunate that this event is very short and only happens once an hour. To remedy this, the developers at Playground Games developed the Horizon Arcade, which was presented to us during the gameplay demo of. was presented Forza Horizon 5. Instead of only having one event per hour, you will basically have continuous events in different places on the map. That includes a dozen different challenges. So if you prefer these “mini-games” to racing, that’s exactly what you can do during your games!
What about the vehicles?
The developers of Playground Games have generally remained silent on this point at the moment. We imagine that Forza Horizon 4, the list of vehicles present will be published one by one. If you want to know which ones are already known, check out our full list to date! As for the sound of the engines, a controversial point that connoisseurs regularly address in the current Opus, it will be discussed in more detail later. However, there are some things we already know about. First of all, the options for modifying and adapting vehicles and avatars are already very extensive Forza Horizon 4, will be even richer in the fifth opus. For example, we will have 100 new rims and aesthetic parts, and thousands of improvements. In addition, for the first time in the series, it will be possible to shorten and recapitulate the adapted cars by simply pressing the left stick from top to bottom. Barn treasures are finally coming back! We can’t wait to find out which marvels of automotive history can be found in Mexican countries.
As you can see, even if we don’t know everything by a long way Forza Horizon 5, it’s the same colossal amounts of information regularly distilled to us by the developers at Playground Games. Of course, this is just the beginning and the title undoubtedly holds many surprises in store for us!