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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' Update 19 Will Add Midnights at Horizon Festival, 4 New Cars, Including Cadillac Blackwings And More

by Rainier on March 27, 2023 @ 3:22 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.

As Cadillac celebrates 20 years of V-Series performance, the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing high-performance sedans will soon make their debut in Forza Horizon 5.

“The timing couldn’t be better for the V-Series Blackwings to arrive in ‘Forza Horizon 5’,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac Rory Harvey. “Since going on sale in 2021, both V-Series Blackwings have been in high demand, and it’s a thrill to see these iconic sedans come to life in a format that makes them accessible to millions of enthusiasts around the world.”

Both cars will be available in the upcoming Series 19 update, “Midnights at Horizon” for “Forza Horizon 5,” which is available on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, Windows PCs and Steam.

Both cars will be offered as seasonal rewards that players can earn by completing challenges and progressing through the “Forza Horizon 5” seasonal playlist.

  • The CT5-V Blackwing will be available to players as a seasonal reward from April 6 to April 12, 2023.
  • The CT4-V Blackwing will be available to players as a seasonal reward from April 20 to April 26, 2023.

The cars’ arrival in “Forza Horizon 5” marks the first appearance of the Cadillac V-Series Blackwing models in the “Forza” franchise. They join the 2013 Cadillac XTS limousine and 2016 CTS-V and ATS-V, which are currently in the game.

The twin-turbocharged Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and supercharged CT5-V Blackwing sedans offer the ultimate balance of road-going performance luxury and track capability. Complete information on the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing1, CT5-V Blackwing1, and the rest of the Cadillac V-Series lineup, including the CT4-V, CT5-V and the supercharged Escalade-V SUV, which is currently the most powerful Cadillac production model of all time with 682 horsepower, is available at Cadillac.com.

Additional Rally Adventure Content

Sierra Nueva welcomes the first drivers to its rugged terrain in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure from March 29, the Horizon Festival in Mexico will experience prolonged night hours from March 30 until April 27 to put on its own light show featuring neon decorations, drones and more.

Starting next week, Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure introduces drivers to the dirtiest and dustiest races that we've ever hosted at the Horizon Festival!

Complimenting these extreme driving endeavors in Sierra Nueva will be a set of new achievements (500 Gamerscore) and accolades for Xbox and Steam players to increase your Hall of Fame standing.

After a series dedicated to Horizon Wilds, the Street Scene vibes are now officially in check! There’s no better way to celebrate the Grit Reaper’s love of late-night rally racing.

GAME FIXES & RELEASE NOTES

The latest Forza Horizon 5 update will be available to download on Xbox consoles and Windows PCs though the Microsoft Store and Steam from Tuesday, March 28 – one day before the release of Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure. To begin your expedition in Sierra Nueva, you’ll need to download both the upcoming series update and the expansion once it’s available starting at 11am PT on Wednesday, March 29. Looking ahead, the Midnights at Horizon series begins in-game on Thursday, March 30.

Here’s a look at some of the most notable improvements you can look forward to upon downloading the update:

  • We’ve fixed the black windows that appear on car thumbnails in the car selection menu. While this won’t retroactively apply to existing thumbnails, these can be regenerated yourself by modifying the car with either a new color, livery or tuning parts.
  • Fixed an issue in the Las Afueras Street Race upon resetting the car after missing a specific checkpoint.
  • Daily Wheelspins from the Hotel Castillo Player House are now consistently rewarded every day.
  • An issue that prevented players from using d-pad menus after the Convoy host disconnects while loading into a race has been fixed.
  • We’ve made improvements to alleviate the crash rate for head-to-head races in The Eliminator and Free Roam.
  • Players could generate excess accolade points offline that contributed to the Hall of Fame leaderboard by repeating timed accolade challenges. This has been fixed.
  • The number of target photos for Horizon Promo has been corrected.
  • An issue that caused cars to not rev past 3000 RPM when shifting from first gear to reverse, or from reverse to first gear, has been fixed.
  • A PC-specific issue that caused the game to crash if the display was not connected to the primary graphics card has been resolved.

ANTI-LAG & LAUNCH CONTROL

Visit the Tuning & Upgrades menu at any Horizon Festival Outpost or Player House to fit the new anti-lag system to your favorite cars. This feature is available to all vehicles with a turbocharged engine and delivers more power while producing awesome flame effects and fire-cracker audio.

If you’re unable to locate anti-lag in the engine options, double check that your car has already been fitted with a turbocharger as it will not appear otherwise.

In addition, Launch Control has been added as a new assist option that can be toggled on or off. Whether you’re using it for Horizon Rally or Drag Racing, there’s no better way to achieve that perfect start off the line.

(CONSOLE ONLY) STEERING WHEEL ROTATION SUPPORT

Players who use a wheel in Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One have a selection of new options to customize:

  • Steering Rotation – This sets the range of steering degrees of rotation on your wheel device but does not affect the Steering Lock.
  • Steering Lock Multiplier – This sets the angle formed by the front of the vehicle and the direction of front tires at maximum steering angle. The lower this value, the lower the angle will be.
  • Steering Speed Sensitivity – This sets the amount of Steering Lock of the car with speed. Lower value will provide a lower steering lock at high speed. By default (1.0) the steering lock does not change with speed.

(PC ONLY) NVIDIA DLSS 3 & REFLEX

PC players using NVIDIA RTX 40 Series GPUs can boost their Forza Horizon 5 framerates to new heights by enabling DLSS 3.0. This feature allows for silky smooth gameplay with over 120 FPS at 4K. Check out the benchmarks below for DLSS 3.0 performance at 4K and 1440p resolutions on RTX 40 Series GPUs.

For players looking to reduce system latency and improve overall responsiveness, NVIDIA Reflex will also be added as an option on GeForce GTX 900 and higher NVIDIA graphics cards.

TIRE PROFILE SIZE

Tire Profile Size is being introduced for the off-road vehicles listed below, which includes buggies, trucks and performance SUVs. This option can be enabled on every tire compound, allowing players to increase the height of tires to maximize the available wheel arch space. As tire height is a component in gearing, the PI of the vehicle will increase while the gearing becomes “taller.” Increasing the tire height also raises the car’s ride height, giving more ground clearance.

All players can utilize this feature regardless of owning Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure. Some vehicles that support it are only obtainable in the expansion or were released in previous series updates or the Car Pass. Those cars have been marked with an asterisk.

CARS FEATURING TIRE PROFILE SIZE:

  • 2016 Bentley Bentayga
  • 2011 BMW X5 M
  • 2015 BMW X6 M
  • 2018 Can-Am Maverick X RS Turbo R
  • 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
  • 1975 Ford Bronco
  • 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
  • 2020 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW Platinum
  • 2021 Ford Bronco
  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum*
  • 1970 GMC Jimmy
  • 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha
  • 1970 International Scout 800A
  • 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S
  • 2018 Jaguar I-Pace
  • 1976 Jeep CJ5 Renegade
  • 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • 2016 Jeep Trailcat
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus
  • 1972 Land Rover Series III
  • 1973 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 1997 Land Rover Defender 90
  • 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition
  • 2017 Maserati Levante S
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
  • 2004 Nissan Pickup #23 Rally Raid
  • 2016 Nissan TITAN Warrior Concept
  • 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Factory Racing Limited Edition*
  • 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Ultimate**
  • 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  • 2019 Porsche Macan Turbo
  • 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
  • 2021 SIERRA Cars 700R**
  • 2021 Sierra Cars RX3
  • 1979 Toyota FJ40
  • 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro***
  • 1945 Willys MB Jeep

* This car is obtained through Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure.

**This car was unlocked through the Festival Playlist during the Horizon Wilds Takeover series.

***This car is obtained through the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass or can be purchased standalone.

NEW RALLY BODY KITS

Make your car look the part in Sierra Nueva with a selection of new rally-ready body kits. In addition, we’re introducing new kits from aftermarket brands Liberty Walk and StreetFighter LA. These body kits are available to all Forza Horizon 5 players who have the vehicles listed below in their garage.

CARS RECEIVING NEW FORZA RALLY BODY KITS:

  • 2017 Alpine A110
  • 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
  • 1970 Ford GT70
  • 2017 Ford M-Sport Fiesta RS
  • 2017 Ford Focus RS
  • 2016 Honda Civic Coupe
  • 1978 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS1800
  • 1986 Hoonigan Ford RS200 Evolution
  • 1991 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A
  • 1994 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS Cosworth 'Cossie V2'
  • 2016 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Focus RS RX
  • 1992 Mazda 323 GT-R*
  • 1986 MG Metro 6R4
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR 'Welcome Pack'
  • 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
  • 1984 Opel Manta 400
  • 2007 Peugeot 207 Super 2000
  • 1987 Porsche 959
  • 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • 2013 Subaru BRZ
  • 2019 Subaru STI S209*
  • 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
  • 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution

*This car is obtained through the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass or can be purchased standalone.

CARS RECEIVING NEW AFTERMARKET BODY KITS:

  • 1997 BMW M3 (StreetFighter LA)
  • 2008 BMW M3 (StreetFighter LA)
  • 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (StreetFighter LA)
  • 2021 Lexus LC 500** Liberty Walk (LB Holdings Co., Ltd)

**This car is unlocked through the Festival Playlist during the Midnights at Horizon series.

EPITAPH RECORDS

Introducing a punk soundtrack to complement your Sierra Nueva off-road adventures. Epitaph Records is coming to all Forza Horizon 5 radio dials – regardless of whether you own the new Rally Adventure expansion – and features 15 new songs. Check them out below:

  • Aftermath by The Ghost Inside
  • Bittersweet Teeth by PTS!
  • Blackbird by Alkaline Trio
  • Control by Mannequin P
  • Feel Something (ft. Derek Sanders) by Magnolia Park
  • Gotta Let It Go by Joyce Manor
  • Growing Up by The Linda Lindas
  • Happiness by Thick
  • It’ll be a Long Time by The Offspring
  • Land of the Free? by Pennywise
  • Never Moving On by Chad Tepper
  • New Dark Ages by Bad Religion
  • Oh! by The Linda Lindas
  • Revel Berry by Early Eyes
  • When We Were Young by Architects

EVOLVING WORLD

The nightlife is heating up at the Horizon Festival and lighting up those extended night skies throughout the series are new neon decorations and drone shows.

Look out for the Horizon Badlands drones in Dunas Blancas, which acts as your Fast Travel point to Sierra Nueva, as well as another set at the end of the Danger Sign in Aerodromo En La Selva forming a bullseye target. This abandoned airfield will also be covered in brightly lit neon-infused decorations, while neon barriers and structures will be seen in race events throughout the series.

Extended night-time and neon decorations will be visible in the open world for a limited time, from March 30 until April 27.

EVENTLAB RALLY & NEON PROPS

The EventLab Blueprint Builder expands with 26 new Rally props, available to all players regardless of whether they own Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure.

These structures can be found in the Rally tab and include the Horizon Rally Helicopter, as well as rally trucks, caravans, rally flags, tents, barriers, rally chasers, caravans, a metal shed, a water tank, a gantry, and a rally brick wall that features nodes for snap functionality. Creators can place these objects in all map locations including Mexico, Hot Wheels Park and Sierra Nueva.

In addition, we’re adding 5 Neon Lights and 3 Googly Eye props under the Decoration category, while the 3D Neon Horizon Cube Collectible has been added to the Gameplay tab.

FESTIVAL PLAYLIST

On the Festival Playlist, look out for the exclusive Neon Lights Tank, displaying in four Photo Challenge locations across Mexico. Plus find the hidden 3D Neon Horizon Cube Collectibles in the Autumn “Lights Out” challenge. New cosmetics include the Walkie Talkie and Foghorn Car Horns, as well as new clothing items inspired by Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure.

From this series onwards, Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure players will find two exclusive events available every week on the Festival Playlist. These will include a Seasonal Championship and PR Stunt set in Sierra Nueva and are unlocked by winning the Horizon Badlands Goliath. While completion of these events contributes points to your Festival Playlist completion, they are not required to unlock new reward cars, earn “Gold” on a series or unlock the “Min, Meet Max” achievement. Furthermore, non-expansion owners will not feel increased difficulty in unlocking new series reward cars, as their points requirements remain the same as before.

Here’s a look at the #NewToForza cars entering the Forza Horizon 5 garage during the upcoming series, as well as unlock requirement for each one:

2021 RIMAC NEVERA

Since the Rimac Concept Two first debuted in Forza Horizon 4 in 2019, the Forza community has pushed this incredible 1,914-horsepower hypercar to the limit and defined new levels of speed. Now it’s time to see how the production model propels the driving experience to the next level. Considered the fastest electric production car in the world, the Rimac Nevera – the name derived from the Croatian language word to describe the unexpected short-burst lightning storms that occur along the Adriatic Coast in summer – set a record-breaking top speed of 258mph (412kph) in November 2022.

Rimac had already simulated this impressive figure for its C-Two in 2018 while it was in active development, however it was Miro Zrncevic, Rimac’s Chief Test and Development Driver, who achieved the same unprecedented speed in the real-world four years on. While 150 units of the Nevera are destined for the production line in Zagreb, their top speed is reduced to a still impressive 219mph (352kph). Its full potential can be unlocked by Rimac for special events in controlled environments. This process involves fitting new specialized tires, an essential upgrade for safely achieving higher speeds.

Also established as the world’s fastest accelerating production car, the Nevera with its four Rimac-designed electric motors can reach 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds, and blast beyond 100mph in 4.3 seconds. It even features a “Drift Mode” that disables the front motors to allow the car to drift. This feature is available in Forza Horizon 5 and is accessible in the same way as race mode and convertible options on other vehicles, by pushing in the Left Stick. Now the only question that remains is what speed record Forza fans will set on the Mexican highway once they’re seated behind the wheel.

2022 CADILLAC CT5-V BLACKWING

As the larger, more extreme and even faster sibling of the Blackwing duo, the Cadillac CT5-V is the V8-powered sports sedan that automotive dreams are made of. Its high-performance numbers are simply astounding with 668-horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. That means it’s fast, very fast actually. For top speed, the CT5-V breaks the 200mph barrier, while Car and Driver testing has penned in the 0-60mph statistic at 3.6 seconds, with the 100mph target coming in at 7.7 seconds. That’s almost two seconds faster than the CT4-V! It’s also sporting the same racing-inspired trimming as its smaller counterpart to deliver incredible downforce and ensure a smooth and nimble drive. Simply put, there’s no lifting this one off the asphalt, until it takes on the more elevated terrain of Forza Horizon 5’s landscapes of course.

2021 LEXUS LC 500

The Lexus LC has been in production since 2017 and has iteratively evolved with each model since then. The 2021 spec trims down on the weight and improves the suspension system to ensure the car feels more connected to the road, offering a more robust and stable driving experience while retaining the luxurious looks and feel that Lexus is known for. In fact, the “LC” stands for “Luxury Coupe,” and the line itself replaced the SC, which was formerly Lexus’ luxury car of choice from 1991 until 2010. Also new for 2021 is cornering assist with braking control, so you can maximize its 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 with confidence. Producing 471-horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque at its peak, the LC achieves 0-60mph in only 4.4 seconds and remains a testament to Lexus’ focus of elegance in driving.

2022 CADILLAC CT4-V BLACKWING

The successor to the beloved Cadillac ATS-V is here. With both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive platforms available and a 3.6-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine under the hood, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is the next must have addition to your Forza Horizon 5 garage. Or perhaps that title belongs to the more formidable CT5-V Blackwing, which is also coming to the game. Both are excellent choices for cruising and racing around Mexico’s asphalt roads, and with a low-level spoiler and launch control on each, they’re also the perfect choice for drag racing. Power wise, the CT4-V delivers 472-horsepower with 445 lb-ft of torque, which means, according to Car and Driver testing, it can go from standstill to 60mph in 4 seconds, and to 100mph in 9.4 seconds. Cadillac estimates a top speed of 189mph. It’s a mean machine in a smaller package to the CT5-V, which makes it ideal for just about everything.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure launches on March 29! Get ready to attack the Horizon Festival’s most thrilling race routes yet on the rugged and biome diverse Sierra Nueva while behind the wheel of 10 incredible new off-road cars.

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 available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.


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