Forza Horizon 5 Is The Biggest Game In Series History
Forza Horizon 5 was revealed during the Xbox and Bethesda E3 Showcase. The trailer gave us a lot of information, including its Mexican setting, active weather system, and the introduction of a new Horizon Arcade that lets you race in over-the-top racing challenges. Now, we also know that Forza Horizon 5 will be the biggest and most diverse game in the car driving series, as creative director Mike Brown explained during an interview with IGN.
“Right from the very beginning of development, we knew that we wanted to make the biggest Horizon ever,” Brown says. He explains that part of this approach means doing something new rather than simply expanding the scope of the game while offering more of the same. “So it also has to be the most diverse and the most contrasting Horizon ever, as well,” he continues.
Mexico stood out with its natural diversity, with snowy mountains, famous cities, jungles, rolling hills, farmland, beaches, and mountain ranges which are a part of an expansive landscape.
This diversity doesn’t just apply to the game world either. “Diversity of cars, diversity of gameplay, diversity of driving experiences; it’s a world full of things to see and do,” says Brown. The community that has grown around Forza Horizon 4 also had a significant impact on this diverse approach. The more hours players put into the game, the more they begin to interact with the free roam experience.
“That is the first point that led us to think, ‘Well, you add value to those guys by giving them a bigger and more diverse world to explore,'” Brown explains. “This was, I think, the very start point of knowing that we just needed [Forza Horizon 5] to be a bigger game. We needed it to be a diverse game. We also want it to be a game that really rewards exploration. So it’s now a world where there is just that much more to find.”
Forza Horizon 5 is set to launch on November 9 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Preorders are live now, and Game Pass members will get the standard version with the choice to upgrade with a Premium add-on.