Microsoft and development studio Playground Games have shown new images of racing game Forza Horizon 5. The makers also confirmed the presence of a number of cars, including the Mercedes-AMG ONE and the Ford Bronco Badlands.
The images that Microsoft showed during the Gamescom Xbox Stream. There was also a short opportunity to ask questions, so that slightly more information came out than during the stream itself.
Playground Games confirmed among others, that the game will contain a new, more accessible mode called Tourist Mode. This mode is for gamers who simply want to explore the world without having to put in too much effort. In addition, the developer is still working on some new driving aids that will mainly be aimed at the youngest gamers.
It was already known that the game would be set in Mexico, but now it is clear that the player will play the same character as in Forza Horizon 4. In that game, the player had to work his way up as a rookie and prove himself until he or she finally became a star . That status is maintained in Forza Horizon 5, allowing the player to arrive as a star in Mexico, where it becomes his job to further promote the Horizon Festival.
In addition to the racing monster Mercedes-AMG ONE and the off-road car Ford Bronco Badlands, the 2020 Corvette Stingray and the Porsche 911 Desert Flyer were also on display. Of the four cars, the Mercedes looks the most interesting in advance; the car has a road and track setting and players can switch settings at the touch of a button. This not only has a visual result, but also brings noticeable differences in performance.
Playground Games further confirmed that ray-tracing is only used outside of races. In scenes where the player is in and around houses or Festival areas, cars will have ray-traced reflections, but this will not be the case during racing. Forza Horizon 5 is out November 9 for Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.