New rumors suggest Forza Horizon 5 may head to Mexico later this year

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What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 will likely be the follow-up to the excellent open-world racing Forza Horizon series from Xbox Game Studios.
  • Previous leaks suggested that Forza Horizon 5 may be set in Japan, but new rumors indicate that this may not be true.
  • We've heard from trusted sources that Forza Horizon 5 could be set in Mexico, but be sure to take this with a grain of salt.
  • We still haven't heard any official confirmation from Playground Games, and we'll have to wait for an announcement to know for sure.

Playground Games has yet to say anything concrete about Forza Horizon 5, to the point where we can't even be 100% certain that it exists (it almost certainly does). In place of official announcements from the Forza Horizon team at Xbox Game Studios, Forza fans have had to make do with unofficial leaks, rumors, and speculation. For a while, many Forza fans have hoped with bated breath that Forza Horizon 5 is taking the series to Japan, due to an alleged map leak, but new rumors suggest this may not be the case.

Could Forza Horizon 5 be heading to Mexico?

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Our own Senior Editor Jez Corden not-so-subtly hinted on Twitter that Forza Horizon 5 could potentially head to Mexico for its next locale, and noted industry insider Jeff Grubb responded with a tease of his own. While we don't yet have hard evidence confirming that Forza Horizon 5 is actually heading to Mexico, we can at least say that we've heard from trusted sources that it could indeed be the case. Be sure to take all of this with a hefty grain of salt and regard it as another rumor, at least until Playground Games confirms something themselves.

There's also the matter of Forza Horizon 5's release date. Many have speculated that Forza Horizon 5 is being announced and could even release this year, while others have been more hesitant to believe that (especially because of the existence of Forza Motorsport). However, well-known Xbox community member Klobrille took to ResetEra to hint that Forza Horizon 5 could very well make an appearance at this summer's E3 game conference alongside Halo Infinite, Bethesda's Starfield, and Age of Empires IV.

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This, combined with other teases, suggests that Forza Horizon 5 is actually due to release this year, likely around the Holidays. The above tweet from Grubb saying "That's right. Not Japan." in response to the above post speculating a 2021 release in a different location teases a 2021 launch and a setting in Mexico, corroborating our own information on the topic.

Forza Horizon 5 may be set in Mexico, and it may release in 2021. We'll simply have to wait for an official announcement from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios (possibly during E3) to learn more about what to expect from Forza Horizon 5.

Regardless, we're fairly positive that Forza Horizon 5 will end up being one of the best games on Xbox. In fact, its likely inclusion on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and even Xbox Game Pass may also make it one of the best Xbox Game Pass games and best PC games.

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  • This would be a giant step away from past Forza Horizons. They often promotes cars that a manufactured from the region of the game. Correct me if I'm wrong but I can't think of a single car Mexico produces. People are really grasping for straws now. I think people are really going to be let down when Forza Horizon 5 doesn't release until after the new Forza Motorsport. Stop with the rumors already, especially this one.
  • There are many non-British cars in FH4, and FH3 was set in Australia, hardly the car production capital of the world.
  • Until recently, Australia had Holden, which was a well-liked brand and had some good Utes and a popular performance sedan in the Commodore. I don't agree with the sentiment that FH3 showcased Holden in the game or anything, but there's definitely more to speak of for Holden than Mexico's car production, which is probably mostly things like the Chevy Blazer (not a Mexican brand).
  • In Mexico there are many cars made by brands such as: ford, chevrolet, audi, bmw, toyota, bmw, volkswagen, nissan, honda, etc., well-known brands, and others even from Lugo, but a very special brand and car is the Mastretta MXT, a Mexican car, but unfortunately the company that made it went bankrupt.
  • There are many non-British cars in FH4, and FH3 was set in Australia, hardly the car production capital of the world
  • Whatever they do I hope a new game engine is in tow. I want a much bigger map (TD:U size would be great). I remember reading that the devs have done as much as they can with the current one and they can't make maps any larger without a new game engine.
  • I highly doubt it. If it's coming out before the new FM and its new engine, I doubt this one isn't reusing the FH4 engine (maybe with some upgrades).
  • Mexico actually sounds really cool. Baja races here we come! Hope its out this year!
  • This would be very disappointing, speaking as someone who was disappointed when rumors that FH4 would be in Japan turned into a fane in Britain. I don't really get the appeal of a game in Mexico. I liked Australia for FH3 because of the varied landscapes you got with the Outback and city races and such. I liked the idea of a FH title centered on Japan and its drift culture and mountain racing. I'm not sure what the selling point for a Mexico-centered game would be, especially compared to going with Japan, a locale that people have wanted for years.
  • Mexico has many landscapes, jungle, mountainous, wooded, desert, it has incredible beaches, apart from having an incredible megadiversity if you can come one day, you will like it a lot :).
  • Not Mexico, it’s Albion from Fable, 100%
  • I don't quite understand the hard-on for Japan. Ok, it's hilly, so is half the U.S. Having said that, Mexico doesn't make sense if they're still going to have seasons.
  • Aside from the country's obvious significance in the automotive world which is reason enough alone, there's definitely a unique charm to it's highways, mountain roads and just the overall culture there.