What you need to know
- Forza Horizon 5 continually evolves over time through its Festival Playlist, which brings new cars, challenges, races, and more to the game.
- On Thursday, Playground Games revealed all the details on the upcoming Series 11 update.
- Dubbed "Rami's Racing History," FH5 will celebrate Mexico's history with cars and take players through the decades.
- The update is bringing seven new cars, the "Made in Mexico" Horizon Story, and plenty more.
Forza Horizon 5 contains dozens of hours of content in its base game, but it has steadily added more and more with each successive Festival Playlist update. On Thursday, Playground Games hosted its monthly Let's Go! FH5 stream to share what's coming to its flagship open-world racing game with the next content update. Series 11 "Rami's Racing History" is on its way.
Following the celebration of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels and the Extreme E racing extravaganza, Series 11 of Forza Horizon 5's Festival Playlist turns its attention to the vibrant car culture of Mexico, and the personal racing history of one of its best characters. A respectable assortment of cars, new challenges and events, and quality-of-life improvements are inbound with the release. There's also a new "Made in Mexico" Horizon Story, which celebrates important vehicles in Mexico's car culture.
Some of the new features and additions in Forza Horizon 5 Series 11 "Rami's Racing History" include:
- A celebration of racing history. Series 11 of Forza Horizon 5 dedicates each Season to a new era of racing, starting with all cars predating the 1970s. Each Season contains numerous vehicle rewards, as well as an assortment of challenges, races, and championships.
- "Made in Mexico" Horizon Story. Another new Horizon Story is coming to Forza Horizon 5, this time with nine Chapters. Each Chapter focuses on a specific car that's made in Mexico or is important to Mexico's car culture, and includes plenty of commentary from Rami and other returning characters.
- Seven new cars. As expected, Forza Horizon 5 Series 11 brings new cars to the game. This time, seven additional vehicles are arriving throughout the series, including:
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
- 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder
- 1985 HDT VK Commodore Group A
- 1990 Subaru Legacy RS
- 2010 BMW M3 GTS (E92)
- 2020 Xpeng P7
- 2021 BMW M4 Competition Coupé
- Refinement to the Festival Playlist. Playground Games is committing to further improving the Festival Playlist experience, including:
- Adding additional voice-over and other details to the Festival Playlist
- Moving the Monthly Events to a more prominent location
- Keeping dedicated Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels challenges, complete with their own section
- New Seasonal PR Stunts. Forza Horizon 5 boasts an Evolving World, which can change over time. With Series 11, Playground Games is introducing some limited-time Seasonal PR Stunts, including the "Green Hills" and "River Run" Speed Zones, which are only available during the Season they appear.
- Forzathon Shop sales. Every Wednesday throughout Series 11, high-end and rare vehicles will enjoy massive discounts in the Forzathon Shop, letting players secure valuable cars without shelling out a fortune.
- New EventLab props. The EventLab, which allows players to create custom content for Forza Horizon 5, is gaining new props with Series 11. All of the props, accessories, and collectibles from the Extreme E event will be available to all players through EventLab.
- Bug fixes and improvements. Of course, Forza Horizon 5 Series 11 includes a plethora of bug fixes and improvements. Some of the headlining changes include:
- A fix for bugged Treasure Chests on PC, including retroactively completing those Treasure Hunt Challenges in past Series
- A fix for an issue that saw players returned to Horizon Mexico from the Hot Wheels Park after a restart
- A fix for an issue that saw players placed in a different vehicle from what they were driving after a restart
- Playground Games is also finalizing its plan to remove illegitimate Leaderboard times in Forza Horizon 5, including times earned from exploits, cheats, and bugs. More details on this process, and how it will protect legitimate times, will arrive in the coming weeks
- A Series 12 tease. Finally, Playground Games teased what's to come in Forza Horizon 5 Series 12, dubbed "Horizon Road Trip." This includes:
- The beginning of new body kits in FH5. Series 12 will include two new body kits for players to use on select cars, and more will come in future releases
- New cars, as is expected for Series updates
- New Seasonal Race Events and challenges
Few games have as much of a claim to the title of Xbox's best racing game as Forza Horizon 5, which ceaselessly improves over time with the release of new Festival Playlist Series updates, DLC expansions like Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, and more. Series 11 isn't the most ambitious update so far, but it does include plenty of sweet car rewards for players, as well as a handful of much-appreciated bug fixes and improvements.
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