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Leading up to a November 9th release on Xbox and PC, promotion of Forza Horizon 5 has stepped up and shown off some of the cars and even a preview of the gameplay from the racing title.

Turn 10 Studios has been hard at work promoting Forza Horizon 5. Recently the developer has been showcasing partial car lists, cover art and even gameplay of the forthcoming title.

The recent gameplay trailer showed the opening seven minutes of FH5 and featured the much-anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. The Project ONE has also been announced as one of two cover models, along with the new Ford Bronco Badlands.

For those holding their breath for more sim elements in the next installment of Forza Horizon, you can safely exhale. The gameplay trailer shows a Bronco being air dropped next to an active volcano and racing over off-road terrain, before the scene cuts to another desert race with a Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray which was also dropped from an aircraft. Next up, a custom Porsche races through the jungle after, you guessed it, being parachute dropped from an airplane. The last air drop is the most dramatic, featuring the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE backing out of a low flying aircraft onto a highway and into a race already in progress.


You might be tempted to write this off as an over-the-top automotive industry advertisement, but the elements that have made the Forza series among the most successful racing game franchises in history appear to be present here again. Like past installments, Horizon 5 is very fast, very bright, and very loud.

The setting this time around is Mexico, in what Turn 10 proudly calls their largest Horizon map ever. The car list should also be huge, with over 20 confirmed Mercedes vehicles alone at release. Among the diverse Mercedes entries, there is a 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK, 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT-R, a racing truck, and even a Unimog U5023.

The visuals in the title are extremely impressive, which is something fans of the Horizon series have come to expect. Bright colours fill the screen at every point (unless you happen to be caught in a sandstorm), and innumerable trackside objects add to the graphical feast.

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Players will be able to get their hands on Forza Horizon 5 on November 9th on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC and Cloud Gaming.

Let us know your impressions of what you’ve seen so far of FH5, and if you’ve played much of the Forza Horizon franchise in the past.
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I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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Not interested. I hope the next one will be Japan. It's the one country that deserves by far the most to have a Forza Horizon game. So much street racing history. Another good one would be Romania or Italy.
I don't think it deserves it more than any other diverse country. The point is that the entire team is focusing on getting the most diverse playing fields out. Maybe at some point when we have all grounds covered we can get further in Depth. Pretty sure Asia / even more specifically Japan is on the list some time too.
 
I don't think it deserves it more than any other diverse country. The point is that the entire team is focusing on getting the most diverse playing fields out. Maybe at some point when we have all grounds covered we can get further in Depth. Pretty sure Asia / even more specifically Japan is on the list some time too.
You simply don't get it, do you. It's not about the country and it's diverse scenery. This isn't National Geographic. It's about RACING. It's a street RACING game after all, isn't it?
I can't think of any other country that even comes close to Japan when it comes to street racing and tuning, other than America of course. Can you? Street racing in Japan is legendary.
When there was this "leak" floating around the web about FH5 being in Japan, everybody went CRAZY. Everybody was expecting Touge battles,Drifting, and of course some epic highway racing. When it was announced that it would be Mexico, all the hype was GONE. That says a lot.
 
You simply don't get it, do you. It's not about the country and it's diverse scenery. This isn't National Geographic. It's about RACING. It's a street RACING game after all, isn't it?
I can't think of any other country that even comes close to Japan when it comes to street racing and tuning, other than America of course. Can you? Street racing in Japan is legendary.
When there was this "leak" floating around the web about FH5 being in Japan, everybody went CRAZY. Everybody was expecting Touge battles,Drifting, and of course some epic highway racing. When it was announced that it would be Mexico, all the hype was GONE. That says a lot.
Cry about it. You can race in Mexico too :) The world doesn't revolve around you buddy, after all, it's their studio with their principles and their goals. If they want Mexico, they are gonna get Mexico bud ;). Just because Japan fits all your JDM needs doesn't mean everyone wants it. Sure, it'd be a nice scenic area but give them some time. Don't go off at me just because I'm putting you in your place within society here :)
 
Hard pass. I was dummy enough to get the previous two games released on PC because of the pretty graphics and nice car roster, but the super wide roads, awful music, annoying characters and extra-soapy physics are just not for me.
 
Cry about it. You can race in Mexico too :) The world doesn't revolve around you buddy, after all, it's their studio with their principles and their goals. If they want Mexico, they are gonna get Mexico bud ;). Just because Japan fits all your JDM needs doesn't mean everyone wants it. Sure, it'd be a nice scenic area but give them some time. Don't go off at me just because I'm putting you in your place within society here :)
You have serious issues "buddy". I wasn't even talking about me, wasn't going off at anybody, i don't have any "JDM needs" either and you certainly didn't "put me in my place within society". Jesus Christ.....get your meds.
 
Not interested. I hope the next one will be Japan. It's the one country that deserves by far the most to have a Forza Horizon game. So much street racing history. Another good one would be Romania or Italy.
The decision was taken because Honda pulled out, and Nissan and Mitsubishi were on the fence about being involved. It was too much to expect they might join later into development. By September 2019 a decision had to be made so that development could start. Japan was first on the list for a long time, but never made it past the concept phase.
 

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