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Forza Horizon 5

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Playground Games
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2021

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'Forza Horizon 5' Details Accessibility Features, Early Access Starts Tomorrow, Pre-Load Now - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 4, 2021 @ 12:24 p.m. PDT

In Forza Horizon 5, players explore the vibrant and ever-evolving open-world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world's greatest cars.

Forza Horizon 5 will lead you through breathtaking expeditions across Mexico with its striking contrast and beauty in hundreds of the world's greatest cars. Discover living deserts, lush jungles, historic cities, hidden ruins, pristine beaches, vast canyons, and a towering snow-capped volcano – the highest point ever in a Horizon game.

Get ready for Forza Horizon 5's deep campaign with challenges that reward you for engaging in the activities you love. Meet new characters and choose the outcomes of their Horizon Story missions and take on awe-inspiring weather events such as towering dust storms and intense tropical storms as Mexico’s unique, dynamic seasons change the world every week. Keep coming back for new events, challenges, collectibles, and rewards, and new areas to explore. No two seasons will ever be the same.

Team up with other players and enter the Horizon Arcade for a continuing series of fun, over-the-top challenges that keep you and your friends in the action and having fun with no menus, loading screens or lobbies. Meet new friends in Horizon Open and Tours and share your creations with new community gift sharing. (Console requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold, memberships sold separately.)

Forza Horizon 5 showcases powerful, all-new graphical features. Experience sweeping vistas and scan the distance to see the adventure that lies ahead. Encounter the smallest of details throughout the world which is rendered with striking realism, down to the smallest details like the light that glows through each needle on a Cholla cactus. The Mexican HDR sky captures illuminate the world to the point that you will feel as if you are right there. And thanks to the ray tracing is utilized in Forzavista to make the cars look even more true to real life.

Create your own expressions of fun with the powerful new EventLab gameplay toolset including custom races, challenges, stunts, and entirely new game modes. Customize your cars in more ways than ever before with new options such as the ability open and close convertible tops, paint brake calipers, and more. Use the new Gift Drops feature to share your custom creations with the community.

For those who have purchased the Premium Edition or Premium Add-ons Bundle on Xbox or Windows PCs, Forza Horizon 5’s early access unlocks November 5 at 12:01 a.m.12:01 a.m. local time in your country PCs. For those playing on Steam, early access unlocks globally at 12:01 a.m. EDT on November 5.

In addition to early access, the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition and Premium Add-ons Bundle include the Welcome Pack, Car Pass, VIP Membership and two game expansions when they become available. Xbox Game Pass members benefit from a 10% discount on the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-ons Bundle from the Microsoft Store.

The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass delivers 42 new cars that, one by one, will be delivered to your garage weekly. The VIP Membership boosts your game with double credit rewards on every race, weekly bonus Super Wheelspins, several vanity items that make you stand out at the Horizon Festival, and three exclusive Forza Editions cars for your garage.

The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack gives your Ultimate Horizon Adventure the best possible start with five special pre-tuned cars, as well as a gifted player house and a one-time grant to own any car available from the Autoshow. There are also three one-time grants for any common or rare clothing item.

Finally, the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle includes two game expansions when they become available, with each introducing a new location, vehicles, and gameplay.

Accessibility Features

From the very beginning of development of Forza Horizon 5, we made it a priority to incorporate accessibility features. We want everyone in the world to be able to experience our game, and with more than an estimated 400 million gamers with disabilities across the globe, it is vital that all players be able to tailor their gameplay in a way that works best for them.

With just one day to go until fans can play Forza Horizon 5 via Early Access, and the worldwide launch on November 9, we’re excited to share the new accessible and customizable features. Many of the accessibility features found in the game were created in partnership with players from the Gaming & Disability community, many of whom shared their experiences and the barriers they faced in gaming with us.

The accessibility features in Forza Horizon 5, which will be available at launch and can be seen in the video above, include:

  • A Game Speed Modification setting that allows gamers to play Forza Horizon 5 at a reduced speed when playing offline; this feature is great for newcomers and those who would like more time to progress through the game.
  • High Contrast mode that changes colors to make things such as menus and text easier to distinguish for gamers.
  • Color Blindness mode that allows players with color blindness to better visualize game elements. Players can adjust color blind settings independently for the UI and the game visuals.  
  • For Subtitles, we know the importance of customization. With these, you’ll be able to:
    • Turn subtitles on or off
    • Adjust the font size
    • Adjust the background opacity
    • Ability to highlight key words
  • Customize menu and gameplay font size.
  • Screen reader narrator that reads text, buttons, and other elements aloud.
  • Text-to-speech and speech-to-text options for players that want to participate in Voice Chat and either need to send synthesized voice or receive voice chat as synthesized text.
  • Ability to disable moving backgrounds.
  • Notification duration setting, which allows players to set how long notifications in the game appear.

These are just some of the accessibility features we’re building upon, and we’re constantly listening to the community to make Forza Horizon 5 an inclusive experience for everyone to enjoy.  With this in mind, the team is excited to share we are also working on American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for cinematics in Forza Horizon 5. Coming soon, this feature will include a picture-in picture display near the bottom of the screen of an ASL/BSL interpreter during the cinematics in the game.

Key Features:

  • Forza Horizon 5, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018's breakout hit open world driving game Forza Horizon 4, arrives on November 9 on Xbox consoles, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC and Cloud Gaming (Beta).
  • The Horizon Festival's unique brand of fun and freedom is headed to beautiful and vibrant Mexico.
  • Forza Horizon 5 features the largest, most diverse open world ever in a Forza Horizon game set against a vibrant, ever-evolving landscape with limitless driving action in hundreds of the world's greatest cars.

Forza Horizon 5 is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on Nov. 9, 2021. Players who pre-order the Premium edition or buy the Premium Add-Ons bundle can start playing the game on Nov. 5, 2021.

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