When we think of conventional racing games, winding circuits built around grandstands covering a vast area comes to our mind. However, when the British video game developer, Playground Games, came up with Forza Horizon, it changed our mindset. Thanks to the open-world environment and real-world locations of the game that took the expectations of both casual and professional racing game enthusiasts to a new level.
A lot of gameplay aspects in the Forza Horizon series are similar to professional track-based racing series Forza Motorsport since the former was developed in association with U.S.-based game developer Turn 10 Studios, which has designed the latter. The Forza game series is published by Xbox Gaming Studios on both Microsoft Windows and Xbox gaming console platforms.
The last instalment of the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 4, was launched in October 2018 but there is no official confirmation on the next instalment since then. Fans are obviously very curious to know when will Forza Horizon 5 release and in which location the game will be set.
Expected Time of Launch
As far as the first question is concerned, we arrive at a conclusion that has already been drawn by so many people over the web. The first Forza Horizon racing game was released in October 2012 and the game developers have released the next three instalments of the series thereafter every two years (2014, 2016, and 2018). So, it is obvious to conclude from the past releases timeline that the next instalment, Forza Horizon 5, might release in September or October 2020. But we think this opinion can be taken with a pinch of salt considering what has been done to the upcoming instalment of the original Forza Motorsport series released by the same team.
Every instalment of the Forza Motorsport series is released on odd-numbered years with a gap of two years while every instalment of the Forza Horizon series releases on even-numbered years with the same gap.
Notably, Forza Motorsport 7 was released in 2017. Given the sequencing pattern, people were expecting the upcoming Forza Motorsport 8 to launch in 2019. However, Turn 10 studios had clearly declined on launching Forza Motorsport 8 this year, stating that they are more concerned about fixing Forza Motorsport 7 issues and adding more content to it instead of releasing the next instalment of the series.
We think something similar might be happening to Forza Horizon 5. Since the release of Forza Horizon 4 in October 2018, players had been treated with two new vehicles every week and many new events had been added to the game. There are also reports of multiple performance issues with the game. Therefore, it is plausible to believe that Forza Horizon 5 may have the same fate as Forza Motorsport 8 and developers might delay the launch of the game till 2021. So, instead of September or October 2020, September or October 2021 might become the actual date of release.
The second question comes about the location of Forza Horizon 5 that developers might choose. We know that Forza Horizon gameplay revolves around a fictitious festival called the Horizon Festival which takes place on a new location in every instalment of the series. If we consider the last four Forza Horizon instalments we can see that it has covered nearly all the major regions around the world, except Asia.
In several discussion forums such as Reddit or Twitter, we have seen many people expecting the game to take place either in Japan, China, or in India (around Himalaya). We have also come across a concept art over Reddit, which leaked a few images that are said to be from a verified partner for Microsoft studios. The images depict cars running in and around the streets of HongKong.
Most of these ideas of Forza Horizon 5 are based on speculation and past trends. Nothing is confirmed yet since we did not get any official announcement from either the developers or publisher. Hence, stay tuned for further updates on the widely-acclaimed game in PhonesWiki.