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FORZA HORZION 5 - News, Livestreams, and Dates

This thread will compile announcements about Forza Horizon 5 as well as livestreams and key dates as we approach the November 2021 game launch, and beyond.

To keep up with every detail and announcement, make sure to follow Forza’s official channels:

Key Dates:


June 13 - Forza Horizon 5 Announced - preorders and Steam wishlist
June 14 - Let’s ¡Go! Episode 1 and FAQ published
June 28 - Let’s ¡Go! Episode 2 - lighting and weather
July 9 - Road to Mexico: June Q&A official info
July 12 - Let’s ¡Go! Episode 3 - engine sounds
July 26 - Let’s ¡Go! Episode 4 - biomes
August 6 - Road to Mexico: July Q&A official info - audio recording videos
August 9 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream - Episode 5 - Supra and map reveal
August 24 - Initial Drive gameplay and Cover Cars Reveal videos from gamescom
August 24 - Let’s ¡Go! Episode 6 livestream - FH5 Ltd. Ed. Xbox Wireless Controller with DLC; Showcase and new-to-Forza car gameplay
September 3 - Road to Mexico: August Q&A official info
September 7 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream – Episode 7
September 7 - Official Car List (updated through launch)
September 20 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream – Episode 8
September 20 - Nature Sounds of FH5 video
September 30 - PC specs announced
September 28 - Road to Mexico: September Q&A official info
October 4 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream – Episode 9 DeLorean announced
October 4 - Achievements list announced
October 18 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream – Episode 10
October 18 - FH5 Gone Gold: Music channels announced
October 21 - Preload available
October 22 - Road to Mexico: October Q&A official info
November 5 - Early Access launch with Premium Edition
November 9 - FH5 game launch!
November 9 - EventLab overview video
December 6 - Let’s ¡Go! livestream – Series 2 and 3 Update
December 7 - Series 2 - Holiday content


January 4 - Series 3 - New Year content
January 11 - Community update on fixes and improvements
February 3 - Series 4 - Horizon World Cup content
March 3 - Series 5 - Stunt Park content and Sign Language Accessibility
March 31 - Series 6 - Horizon Customs and Drift Club

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June 13th 2021 official announcements:

Announcement Tweet
Announcement Trailer on YouTube/Turn10Studios (with English Descriptive Audio and in Spanish)
Announcement Gameplay Demo video
Announcement Article:

  • Set in Mexico with eleven biomes “including a living desert, a dense jungle, and an active volcano”
  • November 9, 2021 release (Early Access on Nov. 5th)
  • HDR, 4K 30 FPS on the Xbox Series X (1080p 30 FPS on Xbox Series S) with an optional 60 FPS performance mode
  • Ray tracing (in Forzavista)
  • Campaign to expand the Horizon festival, meet new characters, Horizon Story missions
  • Multiplayer: Horizon Open combines Races, Drift challenges, Eliminator sessions and more
  • Horizon Arcade features minigames
  • Meet up, convoy, and co-op race in Horizon Tour
  • EventLab customizes races, challenges, stunts, “and new game modes”
  • Gift Drops allow you to share your customized cars on the map like a Barn Find Blueprint
  • Give Kudos to other players for positive behavior and use Forza LINC to find similar players
  • Car Customization: “100 new rims, hundreds of new visual upgrades like body kits, wheels and paint options, and thousands of performance upgrades”
  • Improved tuning and painting interface
  • Personalization: “a more diverse cast of selectable characters, customizable hairstyles, the ability to select prosthetic limbs, pronouns, voices, and clothing.”
  • Accessibility commitment from the developers

Forza Support FAQ:

  • Release Date: Nov. 5 (Early Access), Nov. 9 (all editions)
  • Platforms: Series | One | Win10 PC | Steam | Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Pre-Order starting June 13, wishlist on Steam
  • Game Pass, Steam, Smart Delivery
  • Localization text and voiceover markets
  • Pricing and Editions: Standard | Deluxe | Premium
  • DLC and Premium Add-Ons Bundle: Car Pass, 2 Expansions, VIP, Welcome Pack, (Early Access)
  • Cover Car: TBA
  • Features: Horizon Story, Forza LINC, EventLab, Horizon Open, Horizon Tour, Vehicle Customization, Character Customizaton, Kudos, Gift Drops
  • Car Count: “hundreds” TBA
  • Xbox Series console features (FPS, draw distance)
  • Cross-play and Cross-save capabilities

In-Depth with Forza Horizon 5: ‘The Largest, Most Diverse Horizon Ever’
By Luke Reilly
Updated: 13 Jun 2021 3:03 pm

In this interview, FH5’s creative director Mike Brown goes into detail about why they chose Mexico to make it the biggest Horizon ever.

Map features are discussed:

On weather:

Dust storms and blizzards at the top of the volcano are mentioned.

On game modes:

On the car list and Mexican car culture:

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Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! livestream
Jun 14, 2021

Hosted by Charleyy Hodson, this half-hour stream covered:

  • Forza Horizon 5 Announce Trailer
  • Mexico!
  • Art Directing for Forza Horizon 5
  • New Features: ForzaLink and Horizon Arcade
  • Community Q&A


  • Mike Brown / Creative Director
  • Conar Cross / Associate Art Director


  • Convertibles - will be mapped for controls
  • Towns
  • Mexican car culture - “still landing the final car list”, not diving into the list too much until “closer to launch”
  • Drag racing - several drag race events
  • Festival sites - more than one; the main site is built on a really old race track and an airstrip
  • Weather - weather effects are local (tropical storms, sandstorms), different climates in the same season due to elevation
  • Smashables - you can smash through a cactus
  • Animals - flamingos, wild dogs, donkeys, goats, parrots…; animals are “smarter this time”
  • Highways - largest map ever “and it does have a big highway that runs corner to corner”
  • Customization - over 100 new rims, over 100 visual upgrades, you can paint your brake calipers; character customization includes prosthetic limbs, different voices

Official E3 2021 Awards Show Names Forza Horizon 5 as Most Anticipated Game of E3
June 15, 2021

The big Forza Horizon 5 interview: “There’s not any point being bigger if it’s more of the same”
Playground Games on the setting, the modes, the updates and more.
Interview by Oli Welsh, Editor-in-chief
Updated on 17 June 2021

Q&A in this article:

  • Why Mexico?
  • On that point - a part of the spirit of Forza Horizon is providing recognisable virtual tourism to people, right? But you also want to avoid falling into stereotypes - which is easy enough to do when you’re portraying the UK, you live here. But when you’re tackling a culture like Mexico’s, how do you get that balance right?
  • One of the things I’ve always loved about Forza Horizon is the way that it portrays car culture. As a classic car nerd, I’ve always felt pretty well served by your car selections! I also really enjoyed, in 3, the focus on Australian car culture. Are you doing something similar for Mexican car culture in 5?
  • How does this new Expedition mode factor into the overall structure?
  • Seasons were such a great hook for Forza Horizon 4, not just for the game, but as a way to structure the content updates over time. Will there be anything similar in 5?
  • Can we expect weekly challenges and monthly seasons along the same lines as Forza Horizon 4?
  • As someone who played Forza Horizon 4 from the start and a lot, I loved that structure. It was always a compelling reason to revisit the game after a while and see what had popped up. But I know it could feel overwhelming for someone new to the game or someone who hadn’t played it for a long time to log into and feel like you were being bombarded with updates and events and various meta-goals, and you weren’t sure what was feeding into what. How do you sort that out and streamline it for players, whilst also giving your hardcore enough to get on with every week?
  • It must be quite tricky setting the pace of those Playlists and of the season updates to make sure the amount of content is right, both from a production standpoint and for the players. Do you feel like you hit a sweet spot with 4? Or do you think they’re still tweaking to be done there?
  • So one thing I noticed with 4 was that you were given a lot of freedom when you’re moving through the campaign as to what cars you use - the game would, for the most part, adapt itself to you, to what you wanted to drive at that point. And then that more curated experience that would take you around the garage and get you to investigate all the different cars and styles of driving would come through the Playlist more than through the campaign. Is that a structure you’re going to continue with in 5?
  • And in terms of the online modes, like Online Adventure and Eliminator, is it going to be a familiar suite from 4? I saw Eliminator was in there.
  • Tell me more about Events Lab - your gameplay mode creator.
  • Why have you built this mode? What are you hoping to achieve for players with it?
  • Has developing for Xbox One as well forced any kind of considerations on you, rather than developing purely for the Series consoles and PC?

How Forza Horizon 5 scales across the console generations
And what to expect from the 60fps performance mode.
Article by Richard Leadbetter, Technology Editor, Digital Foundry
Updated on 18 June 2021
Forza Horizon 5 First Look + New Cross-Gen and Performance Mode Details
Digital Foundry

FH5 The Road to Mexico | June Update
Jacob Norwood
July 9, 2021

June 13 - Official FH5 Trailer, gameplay demo video - “We saw glimpses of Forza LINK in action, teased the Event Lab, and got a taste of the Horizon Arcade.”

Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 1 livestream
“In our first episode, we talked about “Why Mexico.” Mike Brown and Associate Art Director Conar Cross dug into the work being done to authentically represent this beautiful country in a way that celebrates its culture, heritage and unique geography, and showcases Guanajuato and the surrounding landscape. We also answered some of your questions, which we’ve shared here:” (see article for full answers)

  • Can we have convertibles in FH5?
  • Will FH5 feature a big city?
  • Will FH5 incorporate elements of Mexico’s car culture?
  • Is there a drag race?
  • How does the weather change?
  • Will there be any animals?
  • Will there be long highways?
  • What is new in customization?

Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 2 livestream
“In our second episode, we focused on Mexico’s dynamic skies and weather as Lead Lighting Artist Lukas Koelz, Art Director Don Arceta, and Senior Lighting Artist Adan Currey discussed the tremendous amount of work that’s going into the sky in Forza Horizon 5, and what makes it so special. Plus, more questions!”

  • What about new engine sounds?
  • We’ll be covering this in Episode 3 of Let’s ¡Go! Tune in!
  • Will there be sheep?
  • Are there different skies for different weather patterns?
  • Is there a new logo for the Horizon festival?
  • Are Barn Finds returning?
  • Are there any good mountain roads?
  • Do the storms move to different parts of the map?

FH5 The Road to Mexico | July Update
Jacob Norwood
August 6, 2021

Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 3 livestream
"The first stream of the month was all about engine sounds. The community had been hoping to hear more about the process of capturing and creating engine sounds in Forza for a while as we all know the distinctive rumble of an engine can be as unique as a fingerprint. For many people, the sound is as important to the identity of a car as any visual detail or performance customization. That’s why our development team put so much care into the tech and process for capturing hundreds of engine sounds and recreating thousands of upgrade configurations, to provide the most authentic and realistic car sounds possible. "

“We also posted all of the videos featured in the stream as separate YouTube clips so anyone can listen to the raw sound. This includes behind-the-scenes footage of our sound capture process from cars.”
Video: Forza Horizon 5: Car Audio Recording

“Here is a clip of several cars in the game to show the variety of sounds:”
Video: Forza Horizon 5: In-Game Car Audio

“Finally, a demonstration of the new engine revving feature in the upgrade menu and how you can hear changes in the engine as you customize:”
Video: Forza Horizon 5: Audible Upgrades

“Just like always, to wrap up the stream, our host and guests took questions from the community. You can click on the questions to navigate to that timestamp in the livestream.”

  • How do you keep the exhaust out of the muffling (when recording engine sounds)?
  • Why did the method of recording change for engine sounds?
  • Is the huge bridge seen in the E3 gameplay trailer part of the huge highway mentioned previously?
  • Will the Eliminator start covering the entire map?
  • Can we expect to see familiar Forza Horizon characters return?
  • Are there new engine swaps?
  • Will there be long highways?
  • What is new in customization?

Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 4 livestream
“In our fourth stream, which aired on July 26, we looked at some of the eleven biomes that make up the world of Forza Horizon 5. We’ve talked a lot about how geographically diverse Mexico is and how it represents several types of environments, from deserts to swamps to mountains, all in one country. That’s why this stream marked the start of a tour of the different geographic regions of the Mexico in the game.”

  • What was the biggest graphical challenge?
  • When do we get to see the map?
  • Will every car have a V8 and V12 option?
  • Has Forza LINK replaced the Quick Chat?
  • Are the seasons going to switch on a weekly basis again like Forza Horizon 4?
  • Will the map have more off-roading and fewer roads?

FH5 The Road to Mexico | August Update
Alan Walsh
September 3, 2021

Video: Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 5

  • 2020 Toyota GR Supra and Sierra RX3 reveal
  • Mulegé Town Scramble gameplay at the Horizon Wilds festival

"As we always do when wrapping up the show, our host and guests responded to some questions from the community with the answers delivered by Mike Brown, Creative Director and Conar Cross, Associate Art Director! We also used this opportunity to reveal the full map for Forza Horizon 5 and how it looks in the summer which is Mexico’s wet season. Check it out below. You can even click on any of the questions to find that timestamp in the livestream – how handy! "

Forza Horizon 5 at gamescom 2021 blog post.

  • FH5 cover cars announcement: Mercedes-AMG ONE and Ford Bronco
  • Xbox Wireless Controller - Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition
  • Initial Drive gameplay

Video: Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! Episode 6
"This near one-hour special saw our host Charleyy and Creative Director Mike Brown joined by Forza Horizon 5 Art Director Don Arceta. They all talked about what people saw in the Gamescom livestream then jumped into more all-new content. "

  • Character personalization
  • Starter cars: 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, 2021 Ford Bronco, and 2020 Toyota GR Supra. " No matter which one you drive, you’ll arrive to Mulegé for the first Showcase Event in-style – while the other two are added to your garage."
  • Showcase gameplay: “Wing and a Prayer” with the 1994 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC “Cossie V2
  • #NewToForza cars: Ford and Porsche

"It wouldn’t be an episode of Let’s ¡Go! if we didn’t take the time to answer your burning questions! Below you can find the recap of those asked as well as the answers provided by both Mike and Don. Like those posted above, they’ve all been timestamped for your convenience. "

“Up next are Forza Horizon 5 questions from the community submitted on social media. We recently asked for your input with #DearForza and you certainly delivered. Let’s have a look at the responses from Playground Games!”


Official Car List with Twitter reveals
Mural artists in FH5
Forza Rewards

FH5 Merchandise added to the Xbox Gear Store
June 22

From a Living Desert to a Volcano’s Peak: Exploring Forza Horizon 5’s Biomes and Seasons
by Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
Jul 26, 2021 @ 10:46am

  • Canyon
  • Tropical Coast
  • Farmland
  • Arid Hills
  • Jungle
  • Living Desert
  • Rocky Coast
  • Sand Desert
  • Swamp
  • Urban City of Guanajuato
  • Volcano
    (see article for full descriptions, images, and video clips)

Forza Livestream Calendar
August 9 - 15, 2021

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Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! – Episode 5
Streamed live on Aug 9, 2021

2020 Toyota GR Supra revealed: “One of the really cool things about the Supra is that this will be one of the cars that is given to every player right at the start of the game. And it will come delivered with that Toyota Heritage kit.”^

Map revealed: @ForzaHorizon

Livestream Calendar
August 23 - 29, 2021

Note this week features both Let’s ¡Go! and Forza Monthly livestreams.

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Microsoft Rewards: FH5 Alienware PC Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes Period: August 12 through September 30, 2021


gamescom 2021: Forza Horizon 5 Debuts Cover Cars
Alan Walsh
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

See article for details:

  • FH5 official cover cars reveal trailer (Mercedes-AMG ONE and Ford Bronco Badlands)
  • First 8 minutes of gameplay (“Initial Drive” featuring an air-dropped Ford Bronco Badlands, the 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 sporting an aggressive StreetHunter widebody kit, the Porsche 911 Desert Flyer, and the Mercedes-AMG ONE)
  • Xbox Wireless Controller - Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition (including DLC code for the 1932 Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe Forza Edition featuring a playful party livery, a cosmetic festive shirt for your character and a victory emote that lets you set off a powder firework to celebrate the Festival.)


  • ‘Forza Horizon 5’ Is Coming: Watch the Gameplay and Cover Art Reveal -
  • Forza Horizon 5 gives us a high-speed tour of Mexico at Gamescom -
  • Forza Horizon 5 impresses at Gamescom 2021 gameplay preview -
  • Forza Horizon 5 shows off its stunning take on Mexico -


Livestream Calendar
September 6 -12, 2021



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Livestream Calendar
September 20 - 26, 2021


Forza Monthly streamed on September 20, 2021 followed by Let’s ¡Go! Episode 8.

Twitch and Forza Monthly | September 2021 - YouTube
07:30 - Series 40 Festival Playlist overview with Tom Butcher
11:30 - community photo montage (VW Golf R with FH5 livery)
14:00 - Forza Horizon 5 livery editor overview with Mike Brown
23:30 - Community Spotlight interview: Rudeism
37:30 - community events with and #GamingForInclusion recap with Alie Tacq
45:30 - community photo montage
47:00 - Chris Esaki talks about the next Forza Motorsport
57:30 - #HHM Hispanic Heritage Month livery contest and Survey

5:45 Horizon Arcade minigames
9:15 Horizon Tour co-op races
14:30 Horizon Open team racing, drifting, playground games (and solo), Eliminator
30:15 Baja Circuit
34:25 Kudos earned from being nice/helpful to other players
36:10 Gift Drop
44:50 Community Q&A

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Livestream Calendar
October 4 - 10, 2021

Let’s ¡Go! Episode 9 streamed on October 4th:
Twitch and Forza Horizon 5: Let’s ¡Go! – Episode 9 - YouTube
05:50 - Stream schedule with Mike Brown, Kelly Boyle, Pav Plaha
08:00 - Character Customization
20:10 - Horizon Stories: V10; Born Fast
35:30 - Festival Playlist
37:30 - Tommy Bargains reveals Mazda and DeLorean (available Summer Series 1)
43:00 - DeLorean gameplay and Community Q&A

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Livestream Calendar
October 18 - 24, 2021

Monday - 9am Pacific time / 5pm BST
Join us for the October Edition of Forza Monthly! We’ll preview the Forza Horizon 4 Series 41 update AND the Forza Horizon 5 Series 1 update, chat with Playground Games about cultural authenticity in Forza Horizon 5, hear from Forza content creator aeqnx in our Community Spotlight, run down the latest community events, and more!

FORZA HORIZON 5: LET’S ¡GO! – Episode 10
Monday - 10am Pacific time / 6pm BST
Playground Games announces the soundtrack for Forza Horizon 5 and more!

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