Forza Horizon 5's biggest additions prove anybody can be a creator

Forza Horizon 5 Store Screenshot
Forza Horizon 5 Store Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios | Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 was recently unveiled during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021.
  • As more information is revealed about Forza Horizon 5, it's becoming clear this is the most customizable and accessible Forza Horizon yet.
  • Forza Horizon 5 will include updated UI and more customization options for car designs, character creators, car tuning, and more.
  • Forza Horizon 5 will also include a ton of accessibility options, and the first-ever Forza Horizon full-blown level editor for endless possibilities.

Forza Horizon 5 was finally made official during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021, and it's certainly made a case for itself as one of the most exciting announcements from the entire event. Forza Horizon 5 targets high-end performance on Xbox Series X|S to support its largest and most diverse map ever, improved draw distances, and unbelievable levels of detail in the world and cars. Playground Games has also expanded on every classic Forza Horizon feature like the campaign-like Horizon Stories, the Horizon Open online co-op mode, and much more.

Forza Horizon 5 is the most exciting announcement from the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 because it promises to be the most creative, customizable, and accessible Forza Horizon game yet.

If you watched the debut trailers during the Forza Horizon 5 reveal, and paid attention to the later blogs, you start to piece together countless improvements Playground Games has made in the three years since the incredible Forza Horizon 4. Forza Horizon 5 wants to give players more creative freedom, more ways to customize their cars and characters, and more ways for people to, well, play. Highlights we've found so far include:

  • EventLab. For the first time ever, Forza Horizon has a full-blown level editor. This isn't like the event editor from Forza Horizon 4, which lets you design custom races using pre-existing tracks. No, this is a "create-whatever-you-want" and "you-control-the-entire-event" level editor, which showcased some incredible-looking footage in Forza Horizon 5's debut gameplay trailer. It looks like the game will give you a wide assortment of building pieces, options, and tools to create literally anything you could imagine, meaning Forza Horizon 5 just gained infinite events with the help of its already-talented community.
  • Updated UI. Forza Horizon's UI for settings and options has remained mostly the same for several years now, but Playground Games is apparently changing that with Forza Horizon 5. Systems like tuning and painting are being completely overhauled, to make everything you do in Forza Horizon 5 easier and more efficient.
  • New car customization options. Something I've been asking for from Forza Horizon games for ages is improved car customization options, which haven't received a noticeable update since Forza Horizon 3. While we haven't seen it in action, Playground Games has already promised a ton of new customization options, like over 100 new rims, new visual options, and thousands of performance upgrades. Hopefully, this means players will have more control than ever over how their car looks and drives.
  • New character customization options. The focus of Forza Horizon games is cars, of course, but recent entries have placed increasing importance on your character as well, especially as they enter the spotlight more in Horizon Stories. Forza Horizon 5 gives you much more control over your character, with more diverse options, new customization options, prosthetic limb options, and even the ability to alter pronouns, voices, and more.
  • New accessibility options. I've already written about how Xbox is a leader in gaming accessibility, and Microsoft recently celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day. While Playground Games isn't sharing any details right now, they've already promised that Forza Horizon 5 will be its most accessible game yet, and I can't wait to see how they've further improved accessibility in what will likely be one of the best racing games out right now.

When you put all of this together, it's already blatantly clear that Playground Games wants Forza Horizon 5 to truly feel like an open-world car sandbox, where players can do whatever they want and look however they desire. With improved online multiplayer capabilities to power all of this, Forza Horizon 5 isn't just the biggest Forza Horizon game yet, it's also most accessible and personal, with limitless potential backed by a community consistently more creative than I am. I can't wait to jump into Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on November 9, 2021. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass day one. If you're interested in what Forza Horizon 5 has to offer, you can preorder the game now (and gain four days early access with the Premium Edition). With all these new additions, it seems certain Forza Horizon 5 will become one of the best Xbox racing games around.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.