Alongside Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 is one of Microsoft’s biggest games this holiday season, and its November 9 release date is coming up fast. The beloved open-world racing series heads to Mexico in the latest entry from UK developer Playground Games. Ahead of launch for Xbox and PC, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about the game from its announcement leading up to today.
Who’s Developing It?
Fans may be happy to know that series creator Playground Games is returning to develop Forza Horizon 5. It is one of the UK-based studio’s multiple projects, the other big one being the new Fable game that was announced in July 2020. Playground Games is a wholly owned Microsoft subsidiary, following the Xbox company’s acquisition of the studio in 2018.
After a good amount of speculation and insider reports, Microsoft officially announced Forza Horizon 5 during the Xbox E3 2021 briefing in June. The game’s setting in Mexico was confirmed during the event, while the announcement trailer showed off some of the speculator-looking places that players will get to visit in the racing game. In a shift for the series, Playground Games had an extra year of development, as the Horizon series is normally released every two years but it moved to three for Horizon 5. The developers have since spoken about how the extra year of development helped make Forza Horizon 5 a better, more accessible game.
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