There’s already plenty of footage going around that suggests Forza Horizon 5 will be one of the best-looking racers ever when it debuts later this year, but Microsoft and developer Playground Games have shifted the hype into overdrive with an extensive preview of what players can expect early in the festival.
Premiered during today’s Gamescom 2021 event, Forza Horizon 5’s Initial Drive Trailer gives Forza fans an eight-minute look at the beginning of the game. It teases a number of the open-world racer’s locales, which include an active volcano and other areas inspired by the lands in Mexico, as well as some interesting surprises such as cargo planes dropping cars from the skies.
Of course, the trailer also provides a glimpse at a small sample of the exciting vehicles that Forza Horizon 5 will be able to collect and race in the game. They include the Mercedes-AMG ONE, a limited-production plug-in hybrid sports car with Formula 1 technology, and the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands, a modern revival of the SUV classic.
Forza Horizon 5’s virtual counterparts can also be observed in a separate Cover Cars Reveal Trailer that offers a closer look at each vehicle, showing off an impressive level of 4K detail that’s accentuated by the game’s lighting system.
Microsoft and Playground Games also surprised Forza fans today with the announcement of the Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller. It features a transparent yellow finish; a custom-colored, visible rumble motor; and “lighting effects that play off the Xbox button.” Users can also expect “textured grips on the triggers and bumpers, and custom bottom and side dimple patterned grips inspired by perforated style performance car steering wheels.”
The Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller will launch alongside Forza Horizon 5 on November 9. It includes an exclusive DLC for a Forza edition car, cosmetic item, and victory emote.
We’re thrilled Ford and Mercedes-AMG fans can drive the year’s biggest vehicles in-game, thanks to their great partnership. And thanks to the capabilities of the Xbox Series X|S consoles, we knew we could dial-up the detail and authenticity more than ever before. For example, raytracing in Forzavista – we get a new level of material response and reflections, that are more like what you’d see with your eyes in real-life.