Forza Horizon 5 release date, trailers, features and everything we know

Forza Horizon 5 is formally on its means and also you solely have to attend a couple of extra months to play it. 

For its newest outing, the racing sim is heading to an “genuine” recreation of Mexico and can boast the sequence’ largest open-world environments so far. Count on to traverse jungles, deserts, city sprawls and historic ruins as you tear by the rubber of the world’s quickest – and prettiest – vehicles.

As the sport’s November launch date attracts nearer, we’re studying extra about it by trailers, interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes, all giving us insights into new options like audio ray tracing and an extremely dynamic weather system. From what we’ve seen so far, Forza Horizon 5 looks set to be the best-looking release in the series and an exciting showcase for the power of the Xbox Series X. Not only that, as an Xbox title, it’ll be on Game Pass on day one.  

Below, we round up everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 so far, including its release date, price, compatibility and new features.

[Update: Forza Horizon 5’s full map has been revealed. Read on to find out more.]

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The fifth entry in Forza’s open-world Horizon series 
  • When is it out? November 9, 2021 (early access November 5, 2021) 
  • Compatibility? Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC 

Release date, price and compatibility 

Forza Horizon 5 is scheduled for release on November 9, 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC, making it the first game in the franchise heading exclusively to next-gen consoles. Premium Edition owners will get early access from November 5, 2021. 

The Standard Edition will cost $59.99 / £54.99 (around AU$75) at launch, with the Deluxe Edition – which includes the Car Pass – slightly pricier at $79.99 / £69.99 (around AU$100). The Premium Edition will cost $99.99 / £84.99 (around AU$130), with the Premium Add-Ons bundle – sold separately as an upgrade package for those aforementioned versions – priced at $49.99 / £39.99 (around AU$65).

Forza Horizon 5 will also be available day one on Xbox Game Pass, which costs $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$10.95 per month.

Setting and new features 

Forza Horizon 5 is once again being developed by Playground Games – the studio at the helm of all four previous entries in the series – and swaps the British setting of its predecessor for a fictionalized version of Mexico. 

Playground says this new locale will mark the largest and most diverse open world ever playable in a Forza Horizon game, with a total of 11 biomes ranging from jungles to deserts. These environments will also boast the dynamic weather mechanics first introduced in Forza Horizon 4, which could see you suddenly swept up in a thunderstorm as you drift across scorching sand dunes. The difference compared to Forza Horizon 4, however, is that each biome will transition through the game’s seasons differently, with each biome boastings its own distinct dynamic weather.

As for new features beyond its setting, Forza Horizon 5 is mixing up the tried and tested racing formula. For the first time, the franchise is introducing a “deep and rewarding campaign” under the umbrella term Horizon Story, where players will meet new characters and determine the outcome of their missions. Don’t expect an Uncharted-level narrative, but it’s exciting to see the game’s developer push the boat (or car?) out with its latest entry in the series.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Forza Horizon 5’s principal recreation designer, Mike Brown, spoke of the choice to introduce campaign-like missions into the sport: “They provide us a possibility to showcase lots of the actually thrilling issues that the sport has to supply in a curated, story-driven expertise,” he mentioned. 

“A number of these issues can and can occur in free-roam simply naturally, when you’re exploring, however this provides a extra curated option to do it. On the finish of every Expedition, you open up a brand new Horizon competition website, and with that opens up a load of recent races.”

Forza Horizon 5

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There’s additionally the addition of Forza LINC, a brand new AI assistant that can observe your standing, the individuals you meet on-line and aid you play collectively, in addition to Horizon Arcade, the place gamers will journey cooperatively throughout the map to interact in numerous challenges and mini video games.

EventLab is new, too, and can enable gamers to create their very personal races, modes and experiences. We don’t but know the size of this constructing instrument, however at E3 we caught a glimpse of bowling pin runs, gigantic jumps and large followers that propel automobiles into the air.

As for enhancements to social play and PvP racing, Horizon Tour and Horizon Open will make it simpler to leap out and in of various modes with different gamers the world over – to “seize the expertise of a car-meet,” says the developer. There’s enhancements to Forza Horizon four’s battle royale mode, too – known as Eliminator – the place gamers race in opposition to others on-line, attempting to keep away from expulsion by conserving forward of the pack.

Customization has additionally been overhauled for each automobiles and character fashions, with “hundreds” extra visible and efficiency upgrades obtainable to gamers at launch. Proper now, we don’t know the precise lineup of automobiles that will probably be playable in-game, although we did spot seashore buggies, off-road racers and, after all, supercars within the reveal trailer.


As we have mentioned earlier than, Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico map will probably be made up of 11 distinct biomes, every providing a special driving expertise – in addition to localized seasons and climate situations. Listed below are the biomes which you can anticipate:

The Residing Desert

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The Residing Desert includes a large cactus desert filled with towering saguaros, as effectively rock formations and piles that are distinctive to the realm. As well as, this biome is stuffed with foliage, with wild flowers showing in sure seasons.

Sand Desert

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The Sand Desert options sand dunes with silky-smooth velvety sand. This biome apparently has many lengthy, straight roads which will probably be nice for testing how briskly your automotive can actually go.

Rocky Coast

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The Rocky Coast affords a fantastic view of the ocean and, as such, a implausible view of sunsets and sunrises. This biome additionally options the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a dinct rock formation, in addition to a golf course.


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The Farmland appears to showcase lots of crops which can be native to Mexico. This biome is made up of lush vegetation, fruit-bearing bushes and broad (however shallow) rivers. You will even have the choice to smash your means by fences in case you please.

Arid Hills 

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The Arid Hills biome is close to the Farmland space and options dry grasses on rolling hills – simply be careful for the dense bushes and prickly pear cacti. However essentially the most fascinating side of this biome is a lake that dries up in winter, permitting you to entry beforehand unavailable paths. 


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The Volcano serves as the very best peak in a Horizon recreation so far – and among the finest views. It additionally undergoes essentially the most dramatic season change of all of the biomes, turning into snow-capped in winter. 


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The Canyon biome is all about vertically and scale. This biome is stuffed with rock formations patterned with distinctive striations. Canyon may even supply the most effective showcase for Forza Horizon 5’s ray tracing audio because of automotive sounds having the ability to bounce off the partitions. 


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The Jungle biome affords the power to discover, that includes ruins, temples (based mostly on actual Mexican temples) and waterfalls to analyze. There’s even an deserted airstrip, that is been reclaimed by nature, to uncover. 


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The Swamp is close to the Jungle and has rooty Mangrove bushes (which you’ll smash by) dotted round in shallow waters.

Tropical Coast 

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The Tropical Coast biome is actually like a Mexican vacation resort. This biome options palm bushes, white seashores, loungers, huts and seagulls,  however will get a bit much less dreamy when storm season hits.

 City Metropolis of Guanajuato

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Guanajuato is Forza Horizon 5’s city biome, filled with historical past, coloration and Spanish colonial structure. Guanajuato is a multi-layered metropolis too, that includes each rolling hills and tunnels, with tight streets showcasing that new ray tracing audio. 

Trailers and gameplay

12 minutes of gameplay trailer

Following the reveal of Forza Horizon 5’s full map, YouTuber and Forza Horizon content material creator Don Joewon Tune has uploaded twelve minutes of gameplay footage in 4K, giving followers a have a look at what it’s wish to discover elements of that map. There are nonetheless elements of the sport that will probably be fastened earlier than launch and these are famous within the footage.

The fourth episode of Forza’s YouTube present, Let’s ¡Go!, has given us a have a look at a full Forza Horizon 5 race in motion, in addition to how the sport’s 11 biomes seamlessly mix collectively. Test it out under.

Even questioned how developer Playground Video games meticulously data automotive audio sounds to make use of in recreation? Take a look at this behind the scene video and see for your self. 

Making use of upgrades to your automotive will change the way it sounds and Playground Video games has given a preview of how that can look (and, most significantly, sound) under:

Need to get a have a look at among the spectacular sky and climate in Forza Horizon 5? Then you may try episode 2 of Forza Horizon Let’s Go under. It even offers you a have a look at one of many new climate results: mud storms.

After an preliminary cinematic trailer revealed the sport’s title and setting, we had been handled to a extra detailed gameplay trailer at Xbox’s E3 showcase occasion – and boy, does it look fairly. 

We obtained our first have a look at Forza Horizon 5 on this official trailer, with “all in-game 4K footage” displaying off simply how good we are able to anticipate it to look. 

Forza Horizon 5 information and updates

Rearview of a Forza Horizon 5 supercar

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Full map revealed 

Playground Video games has revealed what seems to be the total Forza Horizon 5 map, posting a picture to its Twitter account. It’s protected to say the map is large (it’s the largest and most numerous within the sequence, really) however the picture solely exhibits what it’ll appear like within the Summer time, with different seasons bringing totally different situations to the varied areas that will probably be explorable throughout Mexico. We’re fairly excited concerning the freeway that stretches from the underside left of the map to the highest proper; it is the longest within the sequence. 

It gained’t be hampered by Xbox One launch

Gamers shouldn’t be involved that creating for Xbox One has held Playground Video games again in any means on the subject of taking advantage of the next-gen options of Xbox Collection X. Mike Brown assured TechRadar that “we’ve been a multiplatform developer for a while” and are subsequently “already used to constructing a recreation that may work throughout a wide range of totally different system specs.”

“The Collection X [version], it does look implausible,” Brown instructed us, “The facility that it offers us to cram a lot element into each scene, and simply to even have these belongings which can be so densely packed however they’re simply drawing out as far as effectively. It lets you create these scenes that simply look actual, that don’t sort of have that video gaming really feel to them. It’s been actually thrilling, truthfully, to work on these consoles.”

Why Mexico is the proper setting for ‘the largest Horizon recreation ever’

Playground Video games have large ambitions for Forza Horizon 5, with inventive director Mike Brown telling us, “This time, we knew from the beginning that we wished to make the largest Horizon recreation ever.” It was this which helped Playground decide on Mexico as the sport’s setting, with Brown saying the nation’s “sheer breadth of range and totally different biome varieties it has” in addition to its tradition made it “an unbelievable choice.”

An additional 12 months in growth helped the workforce with its objectives of making a giant map they usually used that point “to make some large investments into tech instruments and a great deal of totally different areas of the sport” as a result of creating the largest Horizon map requires loads of technical concerns. We all know that the sport has a various map, masking 11 biomes which Playground has gone to the trouble of mixing “naturally with one another” in order that when gamers attain the heights of the in-game volcano, they will “just about see throughout all the map”. 

A giant open map appears good but it surely additionally provides some new gameplay prospects. In response to Brown, Mexico’s desert biomes give “room to have actually lengthy sweeping roads that enable the vehicles to go as much as unbelievable speeds” (“close to sufficient 300 miles an hour”), permitting gamers to “stretch their legs” in a means that Forza Horizon four’s UK map didn’t. 

Biomes carry geo-diversity

Playground Video games have already detailed how Forza Horizon 5’s 11 biomes (all detailed above) are going to be nice by way of providing totally different sorts of climate however they’ll supply greater than that. 

Chatting with TechRadar, the sport’s artwork director, Don Arceta, instructed us that the range of the biomes will see gamers “coping with so many alternative driving surfaces…totally different tarmac in every biome is sort of distinctive.” 

Across the recreation’s volcano, for instance, “the very best peak in a Horizon recreation so far”, the bottom is extra cracked up. However when gamers undergo the jungle they’ll discover it’s dense, packed, humid and moist with “a ton of rivers and waterfalls and lakes”, which supplies gamers further concerns on the subject of “customizing your automotive while you’re selecting your automotive for these races.”

Essentially the most dynamic climate system but

Forza Horizon 5 will construct on the climate system of Forza Horizon four, making it extra dynamic than ever. Whereas in Forza Horizon four, the climate modifications however is common, in Forza Horizon 5 there will probably be totally different climate situations throughout totally different elements of the map. 

The sport’s Mexico map will probably be damaged into 11 biomes, every uniquely affected by the seasons. So, for instance, within the Spring Season, you might expertise tropical storms in case you’re within the jungle however will solely expertise mild rain within the desert. This seasonal climate additionally implies that throughout dry seasons you’ll be capable to discover areas beforehand inaccessible within the moist season.

Chatting with IGN, inventive director Mike Brown defined how the sport will use the range of its setting and its “extra fascinating seasonality in comparison with the UK” to indicate off the advances the climate system has made. 

“I feel the UK, definitely for these individuals who dwell in a temperate local weather, has actually pronounced spring, summer season, autumn, winter,” mentioned Brown, “Mexico, being a rustic that has big elevation modifications and clearly fairly a big nation, has totally different seasonality in numerous areas, which we’ve tried to recreate as precisely as potential.”

“It creates nice eventualities the place you may have snow on high of the volcano and you may go up there and you may even get blizzards up there, whereas at the very same time down on the coast it may be blazing sizzling,” mentioned Brown. “It’s nonetheless 4 seasons – you’ll nonetheless see that seasonality change – but it surely impacts the totally different biomes in numerous methods. You get mud storms within the dry season, you get tropical storms in storm season, which is autumn. So there’s these large, large climate occasions that may happen as effectively based mostly on which season you’re in. Each of these are simply actually dynamic; they’ve a extremely nice influence on the driving expertise.”

Two new climate results

Talking of that climate system—Forza Horizon 5 may have two new climate results. In response to episode 2 of the Forza Horizon Let’s Go series, tropical storms and dirt storms will probably be launched. You will even be capable to do some storm chasing. 

“Storm chasing was a giant factor in our plans once we had been beginning the undertaking,” mentioned Artwork Director Don Arceta. With that in thoughts, you’ll see these new storms from a distance and strategy them. They will not be there on a regular basis although—they’re seasonal so you may see tropical storms from June by late November, whereas mud storms will emerge within the dry season of mid-October to April.  

Forza Horizon 5 will sound finest on Xbox Collection X and Collection S
Forza Horizon 5 will sound higher on Xbox Collection X and Xbox Collection S, in response to Playground Video games. The brand new consoles unlock a brand new compression format that permits for a lot larger constancy audio, which implies that each side of the sport will sound “cleaner and extra refined” on Xbox Collection X and Xbox Collection S, together with automotive sounds, music and even dialog.

Forza Horizon 5 makes use of ray-traced audio
It seems that Forza Horizon 5 will use ray tracing to have an effect on the sport’s audio, which is used all through the world. The sport will ship out ray-traced audio paths that may detect partitions, buildings and ceilings as effectively. This implies you’ll hear the roar of your automotive’s engine sounds bouncing off of all of the buildings round you, and that can change relying on the setting.

Forza Horizon 5’s lead audio designer Fraser Strachan mentioned: “As quickly as we turned it on, it grounded the world in actuality. It made the world actually really feel alive. When you’re listening with spatial audio, one thing like Dolby Atmos along with your headphones on, you’ll be capable to hear your automotive bouncing off the roofs as effectively.”

Chatting with TechRadar, Don Arceta mentioned that the sport’s Canyon biome “is an superior place that performs up our ray tracing audio. If you’re gunning it down there, you’ll hear all of your automotive sounds bouncing off the partitions and yeah, it’s fairly superior.”

This characteristic may even be multiplayer modes by utilizing occlusion, as the sport can detect the place each single automotive is in relation to your automotive. If a automotive’s behind a constructing, for instance, you’ll know to not head immediately there as their engine will sound muffled. This implies you can select to chop them off as an alternative, as you’ll be extra of their location.

Audible upgrades will change the sound of your vehicles when upgrading
Forza Horizon 5 is the primary recreation within the sequence that can change how vehicles sound when making use of new upgrades. When you add upgrades like turbos and superchargers, it will noticeably affect how your car sounds, which has been a extremely requested group characteristic for a while. 

‘Deep and rewarding marketing campaign’

Playground Video games have confirmed in a weblog publish that Forza Horizon 5 may have a “deep and rewarding marketing campaign” through which gamers will “meet new characters and decide the end result of their Horizon Story missions”, taking up “expeditions throughout the map, battling the weather in tons of of the world’s biggest vehicles.”

PC necessities

For these trying to play Forza Horizon 5 on PC, the system necessities are dwell now on Steam, although they are not too demanding, so the sport ought to run high-quality on most hardware (you may want 80GB of obtainable area in your onerous drive and 8GB of RAM, mainly).

Constructed for Xbox Collection X/S

Forza Horizon 5 is releasing throughout the Xbox platforms, together with Xbox One, however plainly it’s going to actually showcase the ability of Microsoft’s newest consoles, Xbox Collection X/S. 

The sport’s official web page guarantees “unparalleled load-times, visuals and responsiveness” with 4K at 30 fps supported on Xbox Collection X. Collection S will assist 1080p at 30fps, with a 60fps efficiency mode obtainable for each consoles. Although visible ray tracing will probably be supported on Xbox Collection X, it’s going to solely characteristic within the recreation’s Forzavista automobile viewing mode.