What you need to know
- Forza Horizon 5 is only a few weeks away from an official release, which means Playground Games are winding down pre-launch coverage.
- The final Let's Go! FH5 stream just concluded, with a focus on the Forza Horizon 5 original soundtrack and radio stations.
- Playground also went over the new and improved streamer mode, which features a curated selection of original songs and more.
- Finally, we got a look at six custom Xbox Series S consoles Playground made to gift to the six mural artists that helped work on Forza Horizon 5.
Forza Horizon 5 is now practically around the corner, with a release date only a few weeks away. As we near the eventful launch, Playground Games aired the final Let's Go! stream to share more FH5 details with fans. Let's Go! Episode 10 was all about the soundtrack in radio stations in Forza Horizon 5, but there was also some additional information and tidbits to tantalize players eagerly waiting to play the game. Playground also discussed the improved streamer mode, which aims to give streamers and creators ways to play Forza Horizon 5 without giving up the incredible music.
Everyone's favorite Forza Horizon radio stations are returning, including Pulse, Bass Arena, Eterna (previously Timeless FX), Hospital Records, Block Party, and XS. Each station features a mixture of major names (including artists like Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Bring Me the Horizon, Foo Fighters, and more), authentic Mexican artists and musicians, original compositions, and so much more. Playground seems confident they've put together the best soundtrack in a Forza Horizon game yet, and it did sound pretty great in our Forza Horizon 5 preview.
Playground also updated the streamer mode for Forza Horizon 5, which now includes a healthy mix of original sounds and licensed tracks that are entirely safe for creators to stream or include in videos, and can be toggled at any point. Hospital Records is also returning and further deepening its relationship with Forza Horizon and Playground Games, with an all-new collection of tracks. Apparently, fans will also be able to purchase a vinyl record featuring the complete Hospital Records FH5 soundtrack.
Elsewhere in the stream, we got to see more of the Forza Horizon 5 map and some of the brand-new vehicles being featured on the Forza Horizon 5 car list. We also got a look at the revamped Route Creator, which gives players in-depth options to customize existing races and tracks with tons of options and settings.
Playground also showed off six gorgeous custom Xbox Series S consoles, each adorned with one of the murals that are featured in FH5. None of these consoles will be available to purchase, and instead are intended to be gifted to the Mexican artists that provided original art pieces for Forza Horizon 5.
One surprise that Playground Games revealed at the end of the stream is that Forza Horizon 5 has gone gold, which means the game is feature complete and ready for release. Of course, the team will still be hard at work during the next few weeks, but Forza Horizon 5 is more or less finished. While it's unfortunate that this is our final Let's Go! stream, Forza Horizon 5 is truly about to launch for everyone.
Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021, (Nov. 5 for some players), and is now available to preorder. When it releases, FH5 will almost certainly become one of the best Xbox racing games around, especially if it gives us more of what we experienced during our Forza Horizon 5 road trip.
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An epic adventure
Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.
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