Developers have often used racing sims to showcase the technical power of their latest consoles. However, for the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, Sony nor Microsoft had a new Gran Turismo or Forza game to go with the console's release. Well, Xbox did, but that was only a next-gen update for Forza Horizon 4, which, although welcome, is not exactly a next-gen exclusive title.
Thankfully, nearly a year after the release of Xbox Series S/X, the Xbox will be getting a next-gen racing game in Forza Horizon 5.
Forza Horizon 5 New Location and Release Date Revealed
Playground Games, developers of the series, have confirmed that the next installment in the popular open-world racing simulator series will be set in New Mexico. This confirms an earlier leak that we reported on and said that the next Forza Horizon 5 would be set in either Japan or Mexico.
In addition to this, Playground Games also confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 will be releasing on November 9, 2021.
Unlike the Forza Motorsport games, the Forza Horizon titles have been a more liberal take on racing sims. The series is known for its beautiful open-world locales. So far, we've seen the Forza Horizon games take gamers to Australia (Forza Horizon 3) and the United Kingdom (Forza Horizon 4).
This time around, Forza Horizon 5 will give players the entirety of New Mexico as their playground. This should bode well for the follow-up to what's widely considered the best racing sim ever.
As you can see from the 7-minute gameplay trailer of Forza Horizon 5 above, the next Forza Horizon game will be even more beautiful than its predecessor. The upcoming title will also bring several changes and improvements. This includes a new racing mode, an all-new AI system, as well as the Events Lab, which is a new mode that lets players design their own game modes, races, and other gameplay experiences.
From what we've seen so far, the Events Lab is totally bonkers. The gameplay demo treats us to players drive around a stadium and playing what looks like bowling, as well as giant fans that let them fly all over to perform all sorts of stunts like barrel rolls.
The next Forza Horizon game is looking to live up to its reputation of offering a distinct experience from the Forza Motorsport games. It's no longer just an open-world take of Turn 10's racing sims. Playground Games is literally giving audiences a suite of tools at their disposal to turn Forza Horizon 5 into whatever kind of racing game they want.
Forza Horizon 5 is expected to arrive on November 9 for the Xbox Series S/X and PC, as well as the Xbox One. Unsurprisingly, it will launch on the Xbox Game Pass as well.