See the first eight minutes of Forza Horizon 5 featuring the Mercedes-AMG ONE and 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands

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Playground Games has given us a deep dive into Forza Horizon 5 for Gamescom 2021 with eight new minutes of gameplay taken from the opening of the game. It shows off more of the arcade racer and its gorgeous rendition of Mexico ahead of the game’s release for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on 9th November 2021.


Forza Horizon games love to hop between different cars for the game opener, and Forza Horizon 5 is no different. It starts off with an ostentatious hot drop out of the back of an airplane to the top of a snow-capped volcano. The opening section featured the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands (one of the game’s two cover vehicles), which will be great for exploring the offroad side of the game.

Switching gears, another airplane drop gives us a look at the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar (the other cover vehicle), which is sure to be best suited for road racing but seems to handle dusty tracks pretty nicely as well, not to mention a deep orange dust storm. Later, the trailer drops us into a jungle with the Porsche 911 Desert Flier (which isn’t on the game cover) to race through to a pelican filled lake, who all take off.

Finally, we’re back to the Mercedes-AMG ONE dropping onto the Mexican coastline and racing through to the Horizon Festival that is at the heart of all these games.

Since we’ve already talked about which cars will be on the cover, here’s how that artwork was revealed:

The new video follows on from the reveal of Forza Horizon 5’s map of Mexico a few weeks ago. Around 50% larger than Playground Games’ take on the north of England and Scotland in Forza Horizon 4, it features multiple biomes that feature in the country, with beaches, jungles, mountains and more. While it’s a huge map, it’s not a 1:1 recreation of the world, with miniaturised versions of real cities, and the insertion of open world racing game staples, like a race track, an airfield, a sports stadium, and more.

Seasons will also make a return. In Forza Horizon 4, the world was transformed each week as the UK shifted through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter seasons. Obviously, Mexico is much closer to the equator and less prone to such seasonal shifts, but the map reveal did mention that it was “Summer – Wet Season”, so expect there to still be some kind of weather system and perhaps rotating content for players to take on.

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Forza Horizon 5 was revealed at E3 2021. The game will be coming to Xbox One, but that isn’t going to stop it from being a mighty showcase of the Xbox Series X|S and the possibilities of the new generation of console, incorporating ray tracing into the photo mode ForzaVista, and making use of HDR data captured from days worth of Mexican sky recordings. There’s a new AI system that tracks the style of game that you play and suggests content, while the battle royale Eliminator mode from Forza Horizon 4 returns alongside the user generated content of Horizon Arcade.

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