Forza Horizon 5 in preview: gorgeous racing action in virtual Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 in preview: gorgeous racing action in virtual Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 in preview

The newly broadcast E3 show from Xbox had it all (our summary of all the highlights of the show): Charming indie titles, impressive and graphically impressive blockbusters and happy surprises. The last two categories certainly include the announcement of Forza Horizon 5. The British developer Playground Games, also responsible for the new fable, impressed with phenomenal 4K gameplay recordings, a beautifully designed open world in the form of Mexico and - hold on! - a release date for November 9th, 2021.

Table of Contents

1 Mexico: A breathtaking game world 2 Festival joy: mini-games, events and expeditions 3 Multiplayer & Customization 4 When and for which platforms will Forza Horizon 5 appear on? We have taken a closer look at the images shown and in this preview we reveal to you how much potential there is in the beautiful Xbox Racer and what the gamers can expect in virtual Mexico.

Mexico: A breathtaking game world

For many, the most exciting element of a new Forza Horizon is, of course, the game world. And my goodness, that's something to see in Forza Horizon 5! With the fifth offshoot of the Racing series, developer Playground Games takes us into the beautiful and varied landscapes of the Central American country Mexico.

A festival full of variety: With Mexico, Playground Games has chosen the perfect location for the upcoming Horizon Festival. Similar to the fourth part, there are some height differences through the many mountains, but Mexico also shines with a multitude of biomes - great! Source: Playground Games I Xbox Impressive volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, jungle areas and deserts with sandstorms: Mexico sounds like the perfect choice for the series and embodies the most ambitious and largest open world that Playground Games has ever created. Many fans have wanted Japan based on alleged rumors in the past. However, we think Mexico embodies the perfect playground for the series and is a great and versatile choice for the new setting.

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Festival joy: mini-games, events and expeditions

Forza Horizon 5 naturally relies on the tried and tested festival again. Principle and fills Mexico with many fun events around speed camera challenges, arcade mini-games and the Battle Royale mode established in Forza Horizon 4. A new feature, probably one of the most exciting features, is the so-called "EventLab". This is an extensive editor with which we can create various races, stunts, mini-games and much more. A promise of gaming fun for a long time.

Finally summer, sun & festival: Typically for the series, there is of course also the big Horizon Festival to be celebrated in the fifth part. This time, however, with many exciting additions to do with new game modes, the possibility of creating your own events and much more. Also indicated in the trailer: Finally with a convertible top ?! Source: Playground Games I Xbox Another new game mode is the brand new career "Expeditions". According to Playground Games, it is an "adventurous journey through Mexico". It is our task to gradually explore the game world and to open up new locations for the Horizon Festival. In the gameplay presentation on the part of Xbox there were great scenes in the lush Mexican rainforest to marvel at. We'd like to say more of it.

The skill progression system from Forza Horizon 4 is retained. This means that in Forza Horizon 5, too, we collect skill points through special maneuvers and risky actions with which we can unlock perks. On the other hand, the multiplayer assistant has been revised, which has been improved with a new AI. When we meet other drivers, we are automatically given suggestions for activities and races based on our player profile. Thus, the boundaries between single player gameplay and multiplayer events should be blurred even more and the experience should be smoother.

Multiplayer & Customization

Other multiplayer additions are Horizon Open, Horizon Tour and Horizon Arcade. The first mode is a variety of traditional online multiplayer games with a competitive orientation. Horizon Tour, on the other hand, focuses on street meetings and exploration. In Horizon Arcade we can let off steam in various mini-games. There was a glimpse of piñatas being smashed in the trailer. We are curious to see what funny ideas Playground Games still has in store. All these features should make Forza Horizon 5 the most social experience of the series.

Forza Horizon 5 in the preview: Pretty racing action in virtual Mexico (with video) Source: Playground Games I Xbox Finally, various customization options are allowed Of course not missing - you want to make an impression at the big Horizon Festival. With Forza Horizon 5, there are more options for our character's appearance. For example, there should be adaptable hairstyles as well as prosthetic legs, various voice options and preferred pronouns - commendable. There is still no information about the soundtrack, but the many licenses should certainly play a major role in the next few months.

When and for which platforms will Forza Horizon 5 be released?

Forza Horizon 5 in preview: Pretty racing action in virtual Mexico (with video) Source: Playground Games I Xbox Forza Horizon 5 will be released on November 9, 2021 for the two Microsoft consoles Xbox Series X and Series S as well as for the PC via Game Pass. In addition, the Racer is of course also available for the Xbox One. So if you are the owner of the Game Pass, you can look forward to a "Day One" release for the platform - as with all other titles from the 23 Xbox Game Studios. According to Creative Director Mike Brown, while every gaming area should look better on the new consoles, the gaming experience on the Xbox One should also be great. All versions of the Racer that will be released in November will be developed directly by Playground Games.

What do you think of the big Xbox surprise of the E3 show in 2021? Are you up for Forza Horizon 5 and the interesting setting? Write us your opinion in the comments. Please let us know how you thought of the Microsoft show this year and which games you missed.

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