After three years, the Horizon Festival is back, and this time we are heading to Mexico in what Playground Games is describing as the most beautiful open-world the studio has ever built.
A reveal trailer at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase was followed by a gameplay sequence of Forza Horizon 5 showcasing the diverse environments of Mexico. Gameplay jumped from the tropical rainforest to small seaside towns.
The latest in the racing franchise will also feature the city of Guanajuato. This Mexican city will provide street racing events, acting in a similar way to Edinburgh in Forza Horizon 4 and Surfers Paradise in Forza Horizon 3.
Multiplayer was largely focused on during this presentation. Eliminator is returning from Horizon 4 and will be available at launch. Pinata pop is a new game mode upon arrival in Mexico, alongside Events Lab, which is described by creative director Mike Brown as an “incredible new toolset that allows you to create your own races, game modes, and gameplay experiences”.
Forza Horizon 5 will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC (including Steam) and through Xbox Game Pass on November 9th, 2021.
Another Forza game is also on the horizon. Forza Motorsport – a reboot of the classic sim from Turn 10 was announced last July.