- Fans are getting more excited with each minute, thinking about Forza Horizon 5 and the new driving experience.
- Playground Games just released brand new 4K screenshots of the 11 biomes that we'll be driving through, in Mexico.
- From rocky coasts to arid deserts, farmlands, and swamps, Horizon 5 will take us on a breathtaking journey and also feature a few game premiers.
- This game is set for release on the 9th of November, on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC, and Cloud Gaming (Beta).
For all the die-hard Forza fans out there, this news is music to their ears, considering that they’ve been waiting on this new experience for quite some time now.
And after the success that Horizon 4 had, the developing team faced a hard journey, trying to top all that with a new game.
Well, we’re not far from the launch event of Forza Horizon 5 and the company decided to release a new batch of screenshots, which will only make fans want it even more.
So, without further ado, know that Playground Games has published some brand new screenshots of this awesome game and detailed the 11 unique biomes players will drive through when Forza Horizon 5 is released later this year.
As reported by Xbox Wire, Forza Horizon’s locations are just as important as its cars, and this new release will be no different.
Horizon 5’s action takes place in Mexico, and the team made sure that each biome was painstakingly researched and recreated.
Our team collects reference from the location and creates concept images that highlight the beauty and unique detail for each biome. We employ techniques such as photogrammetry to recreate the environment with precision accuracy,” says Don Arceta, Art Director for Forza Horizon 5 at Playground Games. “And we bring the beauty of the world in, through the sights and sounds you’ll find throughout every area. The goal of the artistic process is to make it feel like you’re really there.
Another important confirmation from Playground is that that seasons, which first debuted in Forza Horizon 4, will also be returning for the fifth entry.
What’s even more interesting is that each of the 11 biomes will experience these seasons differently.
So, spring means the rainy season in the jungles and farmland of Mexico, while summer will bring intense tropical thunderstorms along the coasts, as depicted by the dev team.
What are the Forza Horizon 5 biomes?
Spread out over a map that’s about one-and-a-half times the size of Forza Horizon 4’s, the 11 biomes come together to form the most diverse map a Forza Horizon game has ever delivered.
This is where we will be driving:
You might recognize this as the biome that was shown in the Forza Horizon 5 reveal trailer in June. It’s filled with rock formations patterned with unique striations, many of which erode into hoodoos that are only found in the canyon. Fun fact: each of the biomes have unique audio and the canyon has more echoes than any of the others.
2. Tropical Coast
This might be what you think of when you imagine a tropical Mexican vacation. Filled with palm trees, seagulls, white sand beaches, and calm waters, it feels a lot like a postcard come to life. At least that’s the case until you reach storm season, which completely changes how you need to navigate it. Watch out for flying palm trees!
Unlike the flatter or drier farmland found in some of the previous Forza Horizon games, these rolling hills are filled with lush vegetation, fruit-bearing trees, and wide, shallow rivers. You’ll have plenty of fences to smash through and picturesque homesteads to explore while you’re cruising through here.
4. Arid Hills
As you might suspect given the name, this biome is full of dry grasses on rolling hills and plains, providing plenty of open spaces to drive across if you feel like off-roading. One of the coolest features in this biome is a lake that actually dries up in the winter season, opening up shortcuts via fast passages and secret areas.
Filled with lush, dense vegetation and towering trees that let beautiful rays of sun through the canopy, this biome also sports some impressive waterfalls and winding rivers. There are also a number of hidden temples in this area, all of which are based on real locations in Mexico.
6. Living Desert
In a first for the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 5 features a cactus desert that’s full of towering saguaros. There are also a number of rock formations and rock piles that are unique to the area. As the name implies, it’s full of life and features plenty of flowers and wildlife.
7. Rocky Coast
While the tropical coast features lots of trees and vegetation, this one has a completely different vibe. Since there aren’t many trees, you’ll get a full view of the ocean and some excellent views of the sun setting at the end of the day. As a bonus to all you golfers out there, you can even take a spin around (read: through) a golf course.
8. Sand Desert
Full of towering sand dunes, this biome is perfect for cruising around in a buggy and carving into the sand. If you don’t feel like getting sand between your toes, many of the roads in this area feature long straightaways so there are plenty of opportunities to see how fast your favorite ride really goes.
Although a swamp might not sound like the best place for a race, this biome’s shallow waters are a great place for it. The swamp also features a lot of mangrove trees that sport very thick, interconnected roots. You can actually smash through these during races, changing the route depending on whether or not your car can handle it.
10. Urban City of Guanajuato
Like a number of cities in Mexico, there’s a good deal of amazing architecture and vibrant colors everywhere you look. Unlike a lot of cities, however, it features a lot of rolling hills and tunnels, making for some really fun race routes. As with the Canyon, you’ll hear plenty of echoes bouncing around the city’s tight roadways.
In another first for the Forza Horizon series, this massive mountain is situated right next to the Living Desert. It’s a very high-altitude volcano, so driving to the top is a unique experience that rewards players by seeing way off into the horizon. This is also the only place in the game that you’ll encounter snow, so be sure to pack an extra jacket.
When will Horizon 5 be released?
The good news is that we won’t have to wait a lot to jump into this amazing new driving experience.
According to developers, we can start exploring Mexico from November 9th, when Forza Horizon 5 releases for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC, and Cloud Gaming (Beta).
Also, remember that if you wish to play this new game on a PC or laptop, you will need some serious specs to run it. Here are the system requirements for Horizon 5:
- Processor: Intel i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz OR Intel i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz.
- Memory: 8 GB RAM.
- Graphics: NVidia GTX 760 OR AMD RX 460.
- DirectX: Version 12.
- Storage: 80 GB available space.
So, get your racing suits and helmets ready, because in just a few months we will be speeding and drifting through Central America.
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