Forza Horizon 5 hotfix targets stability and online multiplayer

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Playground Games has pushed live a hotfix for Forza Horizon 5, their recently released open world arcade racer, looking to buff out some of the rough edges that the game launched with on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. In particular, the hotfix targets a smattering of game crashes and online features.

There’s a variety of placed where they’ve looked to make improvements, such as the on-the-fly connections needed for the Horizon Arcade event, general stability for Horizon Life, and making improvements to online traffic. However, they’ve temporarily disabled voice chat in Convoys to try and help diagnose an issue.

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They’ve also now been able to open up the Forzathon Shop, an in-game store with a range of cars on offer.

Here’s the version numbers for the three platforms and two storefronts, and the full patch notes for the Forza Horizon 5 17th November update:

FH5 Release Notes: November 17th, 2021 (CU3 &CU4)

Version Number:

  • Xbox One: 1.410.860.0
  • Xbox Series: 3.410.860.0
  • Windows 10 PC: 3.410.860.2
  • Steam: 1.410.860.0

Game Stability

  • Fixed several crashes
  • Fixed a potential crash that could happen if an emote was earned whilst offline
  • Fixed a potential crash that can happen when starting a Horizon Arcade
  • Fixed a potential crash that occurred when spawning traffic cars
  • Fixed a crash when loading EventLab events
  • Fixed a crash when upgrading cars

Multiplayer

  • Improved stability of Horizon Life connections
  • Improvements to online traffic
  • Fixed issue where player’s car would get stopped when losing connection to Horizon Life
  • Disabled Convoy voice chat to help track down the long load times in Online events
  • Improvements to Horizon Arcade for other player visibility and joining and leaving Arcade events
  • Fixed Eliminator Head to Heads not ending when players reached the finish point

Wheel Compatibility

  • Fixed a disconnect pop up that was preventing Wheels from functioning correctly on PC

Exploits

  • Updated the Car Masteries for various cars to address an exploit
  • Removed an exploit that could be achieved when creating Challenge Cards
  • Removed an exploit when creating specific route configurations in EventLab
  • Fixed an issue which allowed players to purchase cars from the Car Collection screen which weren’t available in the Autoshow
  • Added checks to stop an exploit with driving assists
  • Stopped players being able to download tunes before a race starts

DLC

  • Fixed VIP Player House not being free for some VIPs
  • Fixed VIP House not giving player correct Forzathon Point multiplier
  • Fixed issue where some VIP players weren’t receiving Super Wheelspins

Rewards

  • Fixed players not receiving the loyalty reward for playing Forza Motorsport 5
  • Fixed an issue with Car Collection where it was possible that a player could lose pending rewards if they quit the game
  • Rebalanced UGC payouts

PC Settings

  • Fixed Resolution Scaling causing GTAO depth issues on PC
  • Fixed issue where distant terrain could appear as low res on PC Ultra settings

Other

  • Fixed an issue where it was possible for the player to fall out of world after completing the Trial
  • Fixed an issue where input stops working on the Press Start screen
  • Cross Country Event difficulty has been tuned slightly easier on Drivatar Difficulty levels below Unbeatable to smooth off some difficulty spikes
  • Fixed EventLab notifications persisting in Freeroam
  • Fixed some Accolades missing icons on Xbox One and Xbox One S
  • Fixed profanity filter not applying correctly on Super7

Forza Horizon 5 launched to great praise and attention from the gaming public, as more than 3.5 million players flocked to Playground Games’ rendition of Mexico during its first 24 hours of general release. You know exactly what you’re getting with the Forza Horizon series, but this game clearly spoke to people, and it surely helped that it’s exceptionally good looking.

In our Forza Horizon 5 review, Dom wrote:

“Forza Horizon 5 continues the series’ legacy, usurping Forza Horizon 4 as the new pinnacle of open-world racing and as a graphical showcase for the new generation of Xbox console.”

Source: Forza Support

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