Forza Horizon 5Source: Microsoft

Forza Horizon 5 heads to Xbox consoles and PC this November, with the game recently receiving an extensive unveiling as a part of Microsoft's E3 2021 press conference. The new game, headed to Mexico, brings its largest open world to date, with its first gameplay showcasing various locations from deserts, jungles, and volcanoes. The reveal also pleased Forza diehards with new car customization, including the capability to open and close convertible roofs.

The feature fulfills a long-standing community request, with several cabriolets making an appearance at the event and joining the list of confirmed Forza Horizon 5 cars. Keen-eyed viewers could also spot a McLaren 720S Spider opening its roof during Microsoft's eight-minute gameplay demo, showcasing an automated retracting convertible in action.

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The Forza Horizon 5 reveal also has players speculating that convertible roofs aren't the only upgrade, with traces of optional race settings across some cars. The studio flexed the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE during the game's reveal, an upcoming hypercar inspired by advancements in Formula 1 technologies. Gameplay footage showed the car entering and exiting "Race Mode" while stationary, with a retractable rear wing and variable suspension. Microsoft is yet to confirm whether this feature will appear in the final game.

Forza Horizon 5 marks the latest entry in the hit Xbox racing series, with its release set to conclude a three-year hiatus for the franchise. While a soft reboot of Forza Motorsport remains in the works, a next-generation experience built around Xbox Series X|S consoles, Playground Games has returned to its Horizon festival, hosting a variety of virtual gas-guzzlers.

Forza Horizon 5 hits Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on November 9, with preorders live.

The festival returns

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Forza Horizon 5

Full speed ahead to Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 ventures to Mexico, with an upcoming virtual road trip trekking across barren deserts, luscious rainforests, and historical cities. There are more cars than ever, with its largest open world yet, headed to Xbox consoles and PC.

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