Forza Horizon 5 - abbreviated as FH5 - is an open-world racing game developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios, following the Horizon Festival in Mexico.
Announced during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase during E3 2021, Forza Horizon 5 takes place in Mexico with an adventurous campaign mode taking the player across Mexico, and the inclusion of ray-tracing in Forzavista.
It released for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows 10 PC, Steam, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on November 9, 2021. Xbox Game Pass subscribers gained access to the standard release on November 9, 2021. For Premium Edition or Premium Add-On Bundle owners, it was released on November 5, 2021.
Horizon Festival Mexico
The Horizon Festival Mexico is a music and motoring celebration held by Horizon within Mexico. Players arrive at the festival and are greeted with the expansive landscape of Mexico, hundreds of cars to choose from, and a multitude of other racers at the festival to compete or co-operate with in events.
Set in Mexico, players can drive across various environments and treacherous conditions, through a dense jungle, a lush living desert, street racing through towns, along the shoreline, and traverse a volcanic caldera.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Player House
Some properties found across Mexico can be bought by players to become their home. New homes can be discovered by establishing outposts for the Horizon Festival and can be purchased using Credits.
A series of campaign stories and challenges, allowing players to meet new characters and determine the outcome of their Horizon Story. Players will take on expeditions across Mexico, battling the elements in hundreds of the world's greatest cars.
Players can journey to Arcade markers across Mexico to engage in various challenges and mini games.
A toolset that allows players to create their very own races, game modes, and game play experiences – allowing to customize everything – right down to the fundamental rules of the game.
Refines the traditional Forza Horizon player-vs.-player experience with an emphasis on lower friction and fun by unifying it under one banner, allowing players to seamlessly jump into sessions for Racing, Games, Drift, Eliminator, and more allowing them to stay until they have had their fill.
- Main article: The Eliminator
The Eliminator is a 72-player battle royale game mode in which players battle against each other in Head-to-Head sprint races within an ever shrinking arena until a single player remains as 'The Eliminator'.
See players from around the world jump into races across Mexico, meeting up with other players to race against Drivatars on Average difficulty.
Capturing the experiences of a car-meet, players can meet up anywhere to race and have the option to continue together to the next Tour location in Mexico.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Soundtrack
The music playing at the Horizon Festival is broadcast across six radio stations. Each with their own genre, host, and playlist.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Festival Playlist
The Festival Playlist is a monthly rotating selection of challenges and rewards, with each Series offering a differing set of goals for players to beat and earn rewards across all four seasons.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Cars
Players can choose from a selection of cars; buggies, rally cars, concept cars, trucks, and road cars.
A complete UX overhaul brings the experience in-line with modern image manipulation software. 100 new rims, hundreds of new visual upgrades, and thousands of performance upgrades have been added.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Car Horns
Players can equip a car horn to any vehicle from a selection of various available standard horns, musical horns, and sound effects.
Send and receive gifts from the community. Players can take one of their cars, apply upgrades and a paint job, and then drop it as a gift to another player.
Players can choose their own avatar to participate in the Horizon Festival from an increased and diverse cast of selectable characters
New customization options include the ability to customize hair style and color, select prosthetic limbs, choose pronouns, select from different voices, and the ability to purchase clothing with in-game credits.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Forza LINK
An AI assistant that intelligently tracks player status, the people they've meet online, helps players connect to play together, and use phrases in quick chat.
A social currency awarded between players for positive acts, unlocking flairs that can be attached to a player’s label and visible to others.
For players of previous games of the Forza Horizon series and Xbox One releases of the Forza Motorsport series, they are rewarded in Forza Horizon 5 with the cover cars of those games they've played.
Players are required to have any games prior to playing Forza Horizon 5 and any eligible rewards are placed for free in the player's garage.
- Forza Horizon: 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS
- Forza Horizon 2: 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
- Forza Horizon 3: 2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
- Forza Horizon 4: 2018 McLaren Senna
- Forza Motorsport 5: 2013 McLaren P1
- Forza Motorsport 6: 2017 Ford GT
- Forza Motorsport 7: 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Downloadable Content
Downloadable Content packs offered for Forza Horizon 5 include expansions to new locations and additional cars.
Forza Horizon 5 released for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows 10 PC, Steam, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on November 9, 2021.
The Standard Edition released on November 9, 2021 for all available platforms, it includes only the base game and is available through an online store or physical retail.
It is also the release offered to those playing with any tier of Xbox Game Pass.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Deluxe Edition
The Deluxe Edition released on November 9, 2021 for all available platforms only through an online store.
It includes the base game and the downloadable Car Pass pack.
- Main article: Forza Horizon 5/Premium Edition
The Premium Edition released on November 5, 2021 for all available platforms only through an online store.
It includes the base game as well as the downloadable Car Pass, Expansion One, Expansion Two, VIP, and Welcome Pack packs.
Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, the Microsoft Store, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Steam, players can play with and against each other through cross-play.
Cross-save is supported across all platforms with the exception of Steam, but Steam players can play with those with any other release through cross-play.
The PC release is available for purchase through the Microsoft Store and Steam, with both being released on the same day. It supports an unlocked framerate, multiple visual settings options, HDR support, 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio support, and field-of-view options.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements||Ideal Requirements|
|OS||Windows 10 version 1909 or higher|
Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher (Steam)
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Intel Core i5-4460
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Intel Core i5-8400
|AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT|
Intel Core i7-10700K
|GPU||AMD Radeon RX 570
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
|AMD Radeon RX 590
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
|AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT|
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
10 GB Nvidia
|Network||Broadband Internet connection|
|Storage||110GB (HDD / SSD)||110GB (HDD / SSD)||110GB (SSD)|
The PC release also supports compatibility with multiple steering wheels:
- Logitech: Driving Force, G25, G27, G29, G920, G923PS, G923XB, Momo
- Thrustmaster: Ferrari 458, T150 RS, T300 RS, T500 RS, TMX, T-GT, TS-XW, TX, TS-PC
- Fanatec: V1, V2, V2.5, CSL, CSL DD, DD1, DD2, Universal HUB device
Xbox Series X/S
The Xbox Series X/S releases are provided using Smart Delivery, which allows for higher detail environments, increased draw distances, and ray-tracing in Forzavista.
|Series S||Series X|
|Quality||2560 × 1440 (1440) at 30 fps||3840 x 2160 (4K) at 30 fps|
|Performance||1920 x 1080 (1080) at 60 fps||3840 x 2160 (4K) at 60 fps|
The Xbox One releases offer differing framerates and resolutions depending on the hardware.
|Xbox One||Xbox One S||Xbox One X|
|1920 x 1080 (1080) at 30 fps||1920 x 1080 (1080) at 30 fps||3840 x 2160 (4K) at 30 fps|
- The announcement trailer features the song "You Can Get It" by Arkells & K.Flay.
Behind the Scenes
- Tweet: @ForzaHorizon "Forza franchise veterans, here are all the Loyalty Rewards that await you on day one. Playing each of these games before you start #FH5 will unlock that car.". Available at: https://twitter.com/ForzaHorizon/status/1453808293470683143