FH5 Rally Adventure expansion now available

Forza Horizon 5: Rally Adventure

Revealed today, the second expansion for Forza Horizon 5 is Rally Adventure, and will be available March 29th.

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RELEASE DATE & INSTALL

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure release will begin rolling out globally March 29th after 11:00 a.m. Pacific, 18:00 UTC (Wednesday, March 29, 2023 6:00 PM in your local timezone). Disclaimer: Release start times are always our estimated target time, not a guaranteed time. The update may take the rest of the day to roll out to all players. Please be patient, be sure to restart your device and see if a manual download is necessary, and watch for information updates.

There are two downloads required to play Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure and these apply to all available platforms. First you will need the supported Forza Horizon 5 series update, which can be downloaded from March 28, 2023. Once Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure has released on March 29, the expansion must then be downloaded separately on either the Microsoft Store or Steam. There is no preload for Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure.

PURCHASE & AVAILABILITY

This new expansion is included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-ons Bundle, the Premium Edition and Expansions Bundle. It’s also available for standalone purchase at $19.99 USD. It will be released on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10/11 PCs, Cloud Gaming (Beta) and Steam.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure features 27 achievements for a total of 500 Xbox Gamerscore.

FEATURES

  • Discover the all-new rugged region of Sierra Nueva featuring six new biomes including dramatic craters, an abandoned quarry and an entirely smashable palm forest.
  • Join three rally teams and experience an exciting new Campaign mode, featuring point-to-point Horizon Rally stages and Horizon Races with navigator callouts, an all-new Horizon Rally HUD, and a co-driver who follows every race from the dynamic Horizon Rally Helicopter, including a dramatic night-time spotlight.
  • Attack our most thrilling race routes yet with unpredictable adverse-camber turns, blind crests and exciting asphalt jumps.
  • New rally upgrades including Tire Profile Size and a new anti-lag system allow you to build your dream rally machine and show it off with flame effects and fire-cracker audio.
  • Kick up massive dust trails with 10 all-new to Forza off-road vehicles primed to take on our most extreme terrain yet!

Racing

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure features the largest number of racing events of any Horizon expansion yet with point-to-point Horizon Rally stages and traditional Horizon Races. In these modes, players will get to compete across dirt, asphalt and challenging night races to prove their mastery of all facets of rally driving.

Accolades and Forza LINK Phrases

Players can boost their standing in the Hall of Fame leaderboard by unlocking several new in-game Accolades featured in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure, with a Forza LINK phrase unlocked with each completed Accolade.

EventLab

With the release of Rally Adventure, we’ll be expanding our roster of EventLab props with a selection of new objects including branded barriers, flags and civilian vehicles, allowing you to build new races which capture the look and feel of a Horizon Rally event! These will be available for all Forza Horizon 5 players, regardless of whether they own the new expansion.

Biomes

Sierra Nueva features a range of biomes to explore including the town of Pueblo Artza, a huge Abandoned Quarry perfect for some Gymkhana action, epic deformable Sand Dunes, the tight and twisting Desert Gorge, rolling Green Hills, and an entirely smashable Palm Forest. Read our map reveal blog for descriptions with images:

  • Pueblo Artza
  • Desert Gorge
  • Green Hills
  • Palm Forest
  • Abandoned Quarry
  • Rugged Dunes

New Music - Epitaph Radio

To celebrate the release of Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure, we’ll be introducing new music for all players from fan-favorite Epitaph Radio with a punk soundtrack. This new station will be added to Forza Horizon 5 radio dials in a free update alongside the expansion’s release.

Accessibility

American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) for in-game cinematics will be coming in a future update; stay tuned.

Festival Playlist

Like Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, Rally Adventure will add events to the seasonal Festival Playlist, but completion of these events is optional and not required to unlock the “Min, Meet Max” achievement nor new seasonal car rewards introduced as part of series updates. Furthermore, players are not required to complete Rally Adventure events to achieve Gold for a series when viewing Series History.

CARS

These cars are available to users who own the DLC. They can be driven in the main map and in Hot Wheels.

  • 1973 Hoonigan Volkswagen Baja Beetle Class 5/1600 ‘Scumbug’
  • 2001 Ford #4 Ford Focus RS
  • 2019 Casey Currie Motorsports #4402 Ultra 4 ‘Trophy Jeep’
  • 2019 Jimco #240 Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck
  • 2020 Jimco #179 Hammerhead Class 1
  • 2021 Alumicraft #122 Class 1 Buggy
  • 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Factory Racing Limited Edition
  • 2021 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR Pro 4 Truck
  • 2022 Alumicraft #6165 Trick Truck
  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum

Customization

We’ve introduced Tire Profile Size, new rally parts and an anti-lag system with spectacular flame effects and fire-cracker audio, so you can build the ultimate off-road monster and take on the dirtiest, dustiest rally races in Sierra Nueva. These customization options are provided as part of the content update for all players in any game location, regardless of whether the Rally Adventure expansion has been purchased.

Rally HUD

When in a Horizon Rally event, you will see a selection of new HUD elements which can be toggled on or off in the settings menu. These include a mini leaderboard showing your position relative to the other drivers who you’re competing against, a notification pop-up which appears at each timed split-gate to show whether you have improved, maintained or lost positions, and new icons representing the pace notes called by the co-driver throughout the route. It will also be possible to disable the ‘Driving Line’ just for Horizon Rally events, allowing for a more authentic and challenging Rally experience!

Launch Control and HUD

We have added launch control for all cars as a new assist option to ensure everyone can experience that perfect rally start. This is available to all Forza Horizon 5 players, regardless of whether the Rally Adventure expansion has been purchased. Players will also have the option to disable the ‘Driving Line’ just for Horizon Rally events.

LOCALIZATION

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure will feature full localized voiceover support for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English (British), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish (Castilian and Mexican).


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Hang on. “Tire Profile Size” as a new upgrade option? I do not see this being talked about anywhere, more info requested! Will we finally be able to put oversized tires on our vehicles?

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Wondering about this as well. Could be a game changer for some of the cars already used on dirt in the higher classes.

As for this expansion, and that BEAUTIFUL car/truck roster, i can’t be more pleased as a hard core CC racer.

The map was exactly what I wanted. A storm/fortune island combo with plenty of mixed surfaces. Hopefully it’s a decent size.

This combined with the cars released in the next series, I’m going to be having a blast with builds/tunes.

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I must say, this looks promising.

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Okay so the goods and the bads:

Dlc 2 is rally, same as the dlc for horizon 1 and dlc 1 was hot wheels, same as dlc 2 for horizon 3. - theyre essentially telling us not to expect any new ideas from them

In previous games the expansions felt like a new area, you couldnt experience extreme weather in fh2 main map, you couldn’t experience snow in fh3 main map, in fh4 treasure island or whatever they called it felt completely different from the main map, obviously i havent played this dlc so i dont know for sure but i havent seen anything here per environment that i couldnt experience on the main map. You could literally have done this dlc on the main map (the rally focused driving, etc) and i feel the dlc would play exactly the same.

The launch control and antilag are nice improvements that weve been asking for for a while now. Unfortunately like the launch control in the base game it does sound like you need traction control on which many of us dont use (i dont like having to swap tc on and off every time i get into a drift car so i just leave it off)

Hopefully with the new rally focus we will get the rally bar bumper for the ford bronco that we saw in the hotwheels trailer.

Tire profile sizing is a great new option to have in game. I feel a lot of people have been asking for this

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One thing i will say is dlc 1 was very road car focused. I mean even the hazard races, most of them you wanted a race car not an offroader.
This dlc is very offroad focus and not much toward road whatsoever.
Plus hotwheels had what, like 18 or 19 races. This has 27

What matters is the execution. If this expansion is fun and replayable with a decent single player mode then I think it’s a win all round. But no one will know until they play it. And based on the past I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

In saying that I’m all for rally and it’s something I’ve always wanted to see FH explore more given how much I like the look and feel of this game. But we’ll see…

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Meh, at least it’s not LEGO.

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@T10ManteoMax you have a copy and paste error in the Epitaph Radio section.

Fixed! To celebrate the release of Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure, we’ll be introducing new music for all players from fan-favorite Epitaph Radio with a punk soundtrack. This new station will be added to Forza Horizon 5 radio dials in a free update alongside the expansion’s release.

@T10ManteoMax FYI there’s a factual error in your blog post. McRae didn’t win the 2001 WRC drivers’ championship; he rolled the hell out of the Focus on the final rally and Richard Burns’ Impreza took the title. (McRae won the 1995 title pre-Ford)

Nice to see the car (and livery) is on the way though.

Thanks! blog updated.

Just re-watched that Forza monthly stream. Noticed the new alumicraft trick truck starts in C class. Very interesting. Might have a b class off-road META possibility, on our hands.

Both RZRs and the Sierra are being viewed as best meta potential at our Discord. I tend to agree. The big trucks and the Rallye Focus will most likely be crap.

What the …ever, a game with 800 cars 750 of which are roadgoimg gets tied to a game where 50% of the playable content is off road oriented and now we get a full DLC dedicated to off road racing. Whatever

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One positive i will throw out there about the upcoming expansion is that many players complain about the AI rubberbanding and with split-time logarithms for placing rather than weird nonsensical logarithms for AI pacing hopefully this will alleviate some players frustrations

Hopefully although don’t expect it as even the proper rally games have issues with that, even on the lowest difficulty in WRC 10 the AI can randomly throw in a ridiculous single sector on a stage when it’s raining for example, and although not from personal experience I’ve read DR2.0 fluctuates between rallies despite no change in difficulty at the higher levels, some are easy then some are ridiculously hard.

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Ehhhhh, unimpressed but I will probably play it. :neutral_face::neutral_face:

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Most of the grounded and based expansions were great.

I have to say with the FH3 Hot Wheels expansion, although the theme is questionable they did right to have an actual open world map, that you could go off-track and roam outside the roads. It was a fear that it will be closed circuit experience, but they allowed to explore the islands and it would have been even better if the hot wheels city had also some sidewalks and parks.

In terms of content most of the latter expansions featured 10 or 12 cars which is a must for an expansion.
Forza Horizon 1 Expansion even featured completely new features like co-pilot and deeper upgrades for cars.
FH4 Storm Island gave a refreshing new locale to play with plenty ofspace albeit a bit shallow in terms of scale and variety.

FH3 Blizzard Mountains remains as the most feature-rich, immesrive and refreshing expansion to date, including one of the only snow covered actual hill climb mountain in the entire franchise.

TLDR : An actual real and full of scale and depth map, at least 12 cars not 10, new customization and enhanced gameplay features.

I’m fine with this DLC, but I struggle to understand why only one rally car and 9 trucks. Maybe give us some rally wheels, some lights… something new for customisation so my rally car looks like a rally car, not a basic car with off-road tires.

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With 27 track the expansion is big enough to be a stand alone game.

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