Playground Games has revealed the full map for the fifth installment of its open-world racing series, Forza Horizon 5. It looks huge.
As noted by creative director Mike Brown in the latest episode of Let’s Go!, Forza Horizon 5’s map is 50 percent larger than its predecessor, Forza Horizon 4. That game took place in a fictionalized Great Britain, but Forza Horizon 5 will take drivers to epic environments that were inspired by the diverse lands of Mexico.
More specifically, Forza Horizon 5 players will be able to race across 11 distinct and unique biomes. They comprise Canyon, Tropical Coast, Farmland, Arid Hills, Jungle, Living Desert, Rocky Coast, Sand Desert, Swamp, Urban City of Guanajuato, and Volcano, the latter of which serves as the highest point ever in a Forza Horizon game. This is the only location where players will get to encounter snow.
As hinted in the many beautiful trailers and gameplay clips that Playground Games has shared with Forza fans thus far, Forza Horizon 5 will leverage a range of modern technologies such as HDR, ray tracing, and even ray-traced audio for a racing experience that looks and sounds like no other. (Ray tracing appears to be reserved for Forza Horizon 5’s Forzavista mode, a staple feature of the franchise that allows players to view their car collections in a virtual homespace.)
Forza Horizon 5 will be released for the Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 platforms on November 9. The game will also be available via Xbox Game Pass; subscribers who purchase the Premium Add-Ons Bundle will be able to check out the game as part of an Early Access program beginning on November 5.
Where we driving? pic.twitter.com/25SwmHH6v2— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) August 9, 2021
You can also expect powerful, all-new graphical features like HDR captures of the vibrant Mexican sky, sweeping vistas, and an unparalleled attention to detail. Available in 4K 30 FPS on the Xbox Series X (1080p 30 FPS on Xbox Series S) with an optional 60 FPS performance mode, and ray tracing added to cars in Forzavista, you will be immersed in the open world of Horizon like never before.
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