One of Microsoft’s biggest reveals at this year’s E3 was: Forza Horizon 5, which the company debuted with a stunning trailer showcasing some of the game’s Mexican locations. Last week I had the chance to chat with developer Playground Games’ creative director Mike Brown and art director Don Arceta about the game’s open world and the 11 different biomes you can visit.
There is a huge diversity of landscapes, including a tree-lined gorge, a jungle with hidden temples, a humid swamp and even a volcano – it seems as if players will constantly experience new and varied terrain. And there must be a lot to see, like Forza Horizon 5‘s map is one and a half times bigger than the one in Forza Horizon 4, according to Brown.
Brown and Arceta both emphasized that there is much more vertical exploration in Forza Horizon 5 than there was Horizon 4. For example, you can drive up and down that volcano (and yes, there will be places to launch your car off it, Brown said), as well as drive through hilly streets in the game’s display of the city of Guanajuato.
Checking out Forza Horizon 5‘s 11 biomes for yourself in these screenshots shared with The edge. The game will be released on November 9 for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.