Playground Games has revealed Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico-inspired world and it is much larger than the FH4’s Britain settingby Dim Angelov, on
Forza Horizon 5 is one of the most talked-about racing games at the moment. Scheduled for release on November 9th, 2021, the open-world racing game promises to be more engaging than ever. This extends to the actual map of the game, which until recently was a mystery. We knew it was going to be based in Mexico, but that was all there was to it, until now. A tweet on Forza Horizon’s official handle gives us a complete view of the FH5 map.
Each following game aims to one-up its predecessor, which is why Forza Horizon 5’s world is about 1.5 times bigger than the UK-inspired Forza Horizon 4 setting. Given that the previous game’s open-world spanned 52 square miles (135 sq. km), we can expect the new game’s world to be near 80 square miles (207 sq. km).
Size isn’t everything, however. The Mexico-based scenery may not be a complete 1:1 recreation of the real world, but it’s a mix of the country’s most epic places. Think of it as a “Greatest Hits” collection. We also know that the game world will be divided into 11 “biomes”. Those are:
- Tropical Coast
- Arid Hills
- Living Desert
- Rocky Coast
- Sand Desert
- Urban City of Guanajuato
- Grand Caldera Volcano
The summer version of the map can be seen in 4K resolution. As expected, there will be dynamic weather and world effects, such as rain, sand storms, and even erupting volcanos. Speaking of volcanos, the crater at the top can be reached via two routes. One is tarmac, while the other is a dirt course. Both are very reminiscent of Pikes Peak, so we expect many builds will be tested there. There are also about a hundred different ways you can jump off of it, or in it. The choice is yours.
The city of Guanajuato seems to be the main city, located just north of the map’s center. There are other smaller populated towns, among which Playa Azul on the Gulf Coast, and Mulege, in Baja, California. There is also “The Airfield in the Jungle” to the southwest, which probably houses a drag strip. Many would, no doubt, enjoy the highway that spans from the southwest almost to the northeast end of the map.
The dynamic aspect of the game will not be limited to the seasons and weather effects. Tires will heat up quicker during summer and the hotter the tires, the more smoke they will let out. A more recent unveiling of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra was a nice surprise. Players will receive the car at the beginning of the game and, as we saw, the customization options are immense.
The game is just three months away from being released and more info regarding Forza Horizon 5’s in-game and potential DLC content is expected to come out soon.