Forza Horizon 5 heads to Mexico and developer Playground Games shows just how diverse that country’s landscapes can be with a series of new 4K screenshots. Unlike some former Forza Horizon locations like the UK, Mexico is a huge country with pretty much every biome you could name, from jungles to deserts to snow-capped volcanic mountains – Playground Games promises 11 in all. In addition, the seasons will return and affect each biome differently — summer can be hot and dry in one location, but with intense tropical storms in others. You can view screenshots and descriptions for all biomes below (click on images for full resolution).
- Canyon – You may recognize this as the biome shown in the Forza Horizon 5 reveal trailer back in June. It is filled with rock formations with unique streaks, many of which erode into hoodoos found only in the canyon. Fun fact: Each of the biomes has unique audio, and the divide has more echoes than any other.
- Tropical Coast – This may be what comes to mind when you imagine a tropical Mexican vacation. Filled with palm trees, seagulls, white sand beaches and calm waters, it feels like a postcard come to life. At least that’s the case until you hit storm season, which completely changes the way you need to navigate it. Watch out for flying palm trees!
- farmland – Unlike the flatter or drier farmland in some of the previous Forza Horizon games, these rolling hills are filled with lush vegetation, fruit trees and wide, shallow rivers. You’ll have plenty of fences to break through and picturesque farms to explore as you cruise through this.
- Dry Hills – As you might guess from the name, this biome is full of dry grass on rolling hills and plains, offering plenty of open spaces to drive over if you feel like going off-road. One of the coolest features of this biome is a lake that dries up in the winter season, opening shortcuts through quick passages and secret areas.
- jungle – Filled with lush, dense vegetation and towering trees that let beautiful rays of sunshine through the canopy, this biome also has some impressive waterfalls and meandering rivers. There are also a number of hidden temples in this area, all of which are based on real locations in Mexico.
- living desert – As a first for the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 5 features a cactus desert filled with towering saguaros. There are also a number of rock formations and rock piles that are unique to the area. As the name implies, it is full of life and has lots of flowers and wildlife.
- rocky coast – While the tropical coast has a lot of trees and vegetation, it has a very different atmosphere. Since there are not many trees, at the end of the day you have a full view of the ocean and a beautiful view of the setting sun. As a bonus for all the golfers out there, you can even take a round (read: through) a golf course.
- sandy desert – Full of towering sand dunes, this biome is perfect for cruising around in a buggy and carving in the sand. If you don’t feel like getting sand between your toes, many of the roads in this area are long straights, so there are plenty of opportunities to see how fast your favorite ride really goes.
- Swamp – While a swamp may not sound like the best place for a race, the shallow waters of this biome are a great place for it. The swamp also has many mangrove trees with very thick, interconnected roots. You can really break these during races and change the route depending on whether your car can handle it or not.
- Urban City of Guanajuato – As in some cities in Mexico, there is great architecture and vibrant colors everywhere you look. However, unlike many cities, it has a lot of rolling hills and tunnels, which makes for some really fun racing routes. As with the Canyon, you’ll hear many echoes bouncing off the city’s tight roads.
- Volcano – In another first for the Forza Horizon series, this massive mountain is right next to the Living Desert. It’s a volcano at a very high altitude, so driving to the top is a unique experience that rewards players by looking far into the horizon. This is also the only place in the game where you will encounter snow, so be sure to bring an extra jacket.
Forza Horizon 5 is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on November 9.
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