Forza Horizon 5: Game Will Have Improved Physics and Better Handling

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Forza Horizon 5 will feature better car handling and improved physics, among many others. This has been confirmed by none other than the game’s creative director, Mike Brown.

Improved Suspension and Braking System

Brown said that the team was given three years to work on the game, instead of the usual two. The extra year seems reasonable as they shift from Forza Horizon 4 to Forza Horizon 5 experience.

That said, the upcoming game will feel more realistic compared to the previous installments.

Brown highlights that the suspension will behave more authentically. He said that the springs on the car, as well as how they interact with the terrain, will feel much the same way as they would in real life. This also improves accessibility.

Another area that was improved is the braking system. Brown reiterates that it will feel more realistic than ever as braking at high speeds will no longer lock the car up that easily compared to previous games.

New Game Modes and Features

Because of the additional development time, Brown and his team were able to add more features.

For instance, you can partake in the Horizon Tour. Brown describes this as a low-friction co-op activity and it is essentially where you can meet up with others in small groups.

Another new feature is called the Event Labs. He said that it is an in-depth rule editor that allows you to create your own racing modes. You can let your creative juices flow and you can either make something laid-back and casual or something outrageous that you and your friends can enjoy.

Phenomenal Detail

The game will be released on the Xbox Series X/S and PC. Because of the hardware in current-gen consoles, Brown said that they were able to improve the level of detail in the game, particularly the Mexico map that is prominently showcased in the video below:

He said that the quality of the in-game assets, lighting, and shadows have been improved. Those who will play on PC using capable hardware can take the graphics up a notch by enabling ray tracing.

Brown also made sure that the Mexico setting itself is true to life. "We have had teams in Mexico, at least where COVID allowed us. Fortunately, this was a three year development cycle, so a good chunk of that research was prior to not being able to travel to Mexico,” he said.

You can expect realistic biomes, mural artwork by Mexican artist Farid Rueda, and more.

Based on what the game’s creative director said, Forza Horizon 5 is looking to be the best in the franchise yet.

Forza Horizon 5 is going to be released on November 9, 2021.

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