Top Ten Things YOU need to know about Forza Horizon 5!

Forza Horizon 5 is on the way, where drivers will be able to explore the wilds of Mexico with the worlds greatest cars at your disposal. And seeing as how the release date is fast approaching, we’ve summed up the Top Ten main points so that you can get ahead of the curve and drift, drag and apex in ease to first place every time.  

10. Location

As you already know, Forza Horizon 5 has not held back when it comes to location. Playground Games is no stranger to globe-trotting, as previous Forza Horizon games have taken us to the cornfield of Colorado, to the Australian Outback, round the English Highlands, and now Playground Games are taking us to the vibrant landscape of Mexico. The Veloce gang are already itching to explore what Mexico has to offer, from its rich deserts, sleeping volcanoes and snow-white mountains. We can’t yet name many of the open-world games that Mexico has to offer, but we know they’ll blow all expectations out of the water- you’ll just have to take our word for it.

9. Map Size

Playground Games weren’t messing about when it came to map size in Forza Horizon 5, as players will have roughly 80 miles squared to tear up. And for those of us who never bothered to check out how big the previous Forza Horizon maps are - the new map comes to around fifty percent bigger than Forza Horizon 4’s UK map. That means you’ll have plenty of space to write off your Rimac C_Two/Nevera on a few cacti, cactuses...cactus? Please, if anyone knows what the plural is for cactus, let us know in the comments below.

8. Lighting

Based here in the UK, Playground Games go to painstaking lengths to make each instalment of Forza Horizon more photorealistic than the previous. The Playground lighting team found themselves sent to Mexico to shoot 400 HOURS worth of sky that produced a whopping 75 terabytes of data. So when November 9th finally comes around, you will find us drinking a mojito, looking up at the sky, as we say cheers to the Playground lighting team.

7. Sound Design

Arguably the best part of revving an engine is feeling the roar vibrate your eardrum, which is why we a psyched to experience Playgrounds revamp of Forza Horizon 5’s audio. The audio team for FH5 grinded for the last three years recording audio for as many cars as possible - and then some. The team recorded everything from a three-wheel Morgan to the fierce Jaguar XJ220 on an actual drag strip. The team have worked tirelessly round the clock to give us multiple supra’s from stock to drag spec so users can customise their engine sounds to their heart’s delight. RIP headphone wearers. 

6. Weather

Innovation is at the heart of everything Forza Horizon offers, and the Forzatech engine is no different. Introduced in Forza Horizon 4, the Forzatech engine drives everything you play and see, including dynamic weather. Now Mexico may not have the “unpredictable” UK rain, but they do experience tropical storms, gusts, lava, and so much more. The game will simulate all of this (just as FH4 did) but in a much more realistic and dynamic way. So make sure you’ve got your sombrero, waterproof jacket and Halo Spartan armour packed in the boot for emergencies. 

5. Player Customisation

2021 is the year for limitless player customisation, and Forza Horizon 5 has embraced the concept with open arms. Starting from humble beginnings, the first Forza Horizon only allowed players to select a preset character, and then in Forza Horizon 4, you could clothe and style your avatar. Now, Playground Games have added options such as; choosing pronouns, prosthetic limbs, hairstyles and skin colour to help elevate and tailor the player experience for everyone.

4. Forza Arcade

For those of us who prefer to kick back and mess about with friends instead of setting your fastest PB, then Forza Arcade is the answer. Forza Arcade consists of fun, co-op style online matches such as; how many pinatas can each player hit. We are pumped to second endless hours streaming all of our Forza Arcade antics, so make sure you’re subscribed to keep up.

3. Forza Link

The future is here, and it’s called Forza Link. The Forza Link is an innovative AI that makes finding your favourite game types and modes easier with little work. The in-game assistant will notify you of popular events where you can drive up and place into an online lobby, making Forza Horizon 5 complete tailored to you. So it’s like having your own personal Jarvis.

2. Event Lab

If you’re a Forza Horizon veteran, then you know it can get tiring running around, trying to find something you haven’t already done. To avoid this, Forza Horizon 5 has its Events Lab, allowing players to create their custom events, such as bowling with cars. This is Playground’s gift to the community, and we cannot wait to play the wackiest player costumes Forza Horizon 5 will have to offer. 

1. Car Customisation

Car customisation has always been at the heart of Forza Horizon, even going beach to the original Forza Motosport, released in 2005. Forza Horizon 5 will have some of the latest customisation features, including an incredible decal editor. Drivers will have the most freedom over creative power to express themselves with custom liveries - no car will look the same. 

So there you have it, Veloces Top 10 things you need to know before Forza Horizon 5 becomes available to play on November 9th (November 5th if you buy the Premium Edition for £84.99). 

The latest instalment is available on the Xbox store to preorder. Depending on your budget, you can get various editions: Standard Edition £54.99, Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle £39.99, Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition £69.99.

And the Standard Edition of the game will be available to Xbox Games Pass from the 9th of November.

What are you guys looking the most forward to with the game’s release? Let us know in the comments below.

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