Forza Horizon 5's Día de Muertos update is now available to download, and the Tsuru is here

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What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 continues to improve month after month with a variety of post-launch updates.
  • In October, FH5 is celebrating Mexico's most famous holiday, Día de Muertos, with a themed update and new content.
  • The update brings five new cars to the Festival Playlist, including the Nissan Tsuru, Forza Horizon's most requested car of all time.
  • There's also a new Car Pack bringing four more high-performance cars to the game.

UPDATE Oct. 10, 2023: The accompanying update for Forza Horizon 5's Día de Muertos celebration is now rolling out to all players across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Xbox and PC Game Pass. There are plenty of new features and improvements available now, such as new achievements, a drift camera, more EventLab props and enhancements, and more.

The Festival Playlist and its reward cars, including the highly anticipated Nissan Tsuru, kick off on Oct. 12. If you can't wait that long, the Tsuru is already available as a starter car in The Eliminator. There's also the new Super Speed Car Pack available to purchase with four additional high-performance vehicles.

You can find the full changelog for the Forza Horizon 5 Día de Muertos update on Forza's website. Our original article continues below.

The highly-anticipated launch of Forza Motorsport (2023) means little for Forza Horizon 5, which continues to enjoy healthy post-launch support. This month, players are getting a themed update celebrating Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with a whole range of decorations and new content. Players are also finally getting the most requested car in Forza Horizon's history: the Nissan Tsuru.

This month, players can join in the Día de Muertos celebrations, earn new cars through the Festival Playlist, celebrate the release of Forza Motorsport, and increase their Gamerscore with a host of new achievements. Oh, and Forza Horizon 5 is getting yet another Car Pack DLC with four more additions to the Forza Horizon 5 car list... for those who are willing to pay for it.

You can check out the Forza Horizon 5 Let's Go! stream detailing the changes, or just scroll a little bit further to get my concise summary of the new features.

  • Día de Muertos takes over Mulegé. During the entire duration of the Festival Playlist, players will be able to explore Mulegé adorned with a wide variety of decorations for Day of the Dead, including a drone show that will appear in the night sky above the city. The Festival Playlist will also celebrate the holiday with a ton of themed events, challenges, and rewards.
  • New EventLab props. The newly upgraded EventLab 2.0 is enjoying a ton of new props for Día de Muertos, letting players create their events and races celebrating the holiday.
  • More gifts. Players will receive three gifts through the Message Center during the Día de Muertos celebrations, all three being outfits. Two will be for Día de Muertos, but the third will come on Oct. 10 to celebrate the official launch of Forza Motorsport (2023).
  • New achievements. 12 more achievements are joining the growing Forza Horizon 5 list, giving players another opportunity to increase their Gamerscore. The achievements are for completing recently added Horizon Stories, testing cars on the Horizon Test Track, or using the new Photo Mode features.
  • New cars. Of course, Forza Horizon 5 is getting a fresh batch of brand-new vehicles, including the 2010 Nissan Tsuru. The Tsuru is well-known in Mexico, and is the most requested car from the community in Forza Horizon 5 history. The Tsuru will also be a new starter car for The Eliminator. The five cars coming to the Festival Playlist include:
    • 1951 Porsche 356 SL
    • 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
    • 2010 Nissan Tsuru
    • 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
    • 2023 Meyers Manx 2.0
  • Super Speed Car Pack. Forza Horizon 5 is getting another Car Pack DLC, this time with more high-performance vehicles. The four cars included in the Super Speed Car Pack, which will be available from Oct. 10, includes:
    • 2019 Elemental RP1
    • 2020 KTM X-Bow GT2
    • 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
    • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R
  • Quality-of-life improvements. As always, Forza Horizon 5 is getting more bug fixes and improvements in the upcoming update, mostly focused on EventLab 2.0. There's also going to be a brand-new drift camera, though, which players can configure in settings to offer an alternative perspective when drifting.

Forza Horizon 5: Día de Muertos will release as a free patch update on Oct. 10, 2023, with the accompanying Festival Playlist kicking off on Oct. 12. Players will be able to access most of the new content short of the Festival Playlist in the two-day interim, as well as purchase the Super Speed Car Pack to add those vehicles to their collection.

With these updates, Forza Horizon 5 maintains its position at the top of the best Xbox racing games, but it's obviously getting some competition from its younger sibling now. Forza Motorsport (2023) is now available on Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC in early access, but officially launches to all players and on Xbox Game Pass on Oct. 10, 2023.

Zachary Boddy
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