The original Forza Horizon game was released in October 2012, so it’s coming up on its 10th anniversary. To mark the anniversary, Microsoft is releasing a Horizon 10-Year Anniversary update for Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC that comes with a new “Horizon Origins Story” and the Midnight Battles mode that allows players to collect rare cars by winning races .
The free anniversary update launches on October 11, kicking off a four-week celebration. And for anyone just getting into the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Horizon 5 are currently well marked on the Microsoft Store and Steam. It’s worth noting that these games are also available on Game Pass.
The Horizon Origins event is a new narrative experience spanning five chapters that takes players back in time to relive “iconic gameplay moments” from across the series. Players who complete all five chapters will receive the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS Anniversary Edition. This is a special edition of the original Forza Horizon cover car.
The Midnight Battles mode, meanwhile, challenges players to win Street Scene matches that appear – there are a total of 16 of them in the game. Players can unlock four rare cars in Midnight Battles, including the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 1984 Honda Civic CRX Mugen, 2003 Toyota Celica SS-I, and 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV.
In addition, Forza Horizon 5’s in-game music has been updated with a new permanent station featuring songs from across the series. Players will unlock the new songs by completing Accolades in the Horizon Origins Story. A full tracklist is available on the Forza Horizon website.
In addition, players can unlock new items, emotes and car horns themed to the Forza Horizon series, including t-shirts for previous game locations such as Australia and Colorado. Additionally, the world of Forza Horizon 5 is evolving to celebrate the anniversary, with new festival locations popping up in the game world themed around previous entries in the franchise.
Eight new achievements for Forza Horizon 5 are also added with the anniversary update so players can improve their game scores even more.
Finally, Microsoft has teased the next update coming to Forza Horizon 5, saying only that it will include “doughnuts.”
“That’s all we’re saying for now – whether it’s delicious or drifting, you’ll have to tune in next month for the official details!”
In addition to the ongoing updates for Forza Horizon 5 and possibly the next entry in the series, developer Playground Games is making a new Fable game, although little is known about it. Outside of the Forza Horizon series, Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios is making a new Forza Motorsport game that will be released in spring 2023.
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