Forza Horizon 5 – The details on the biomes of the new chapter of the series

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With a new post on XboxWirePlayground Games tells players some new details about the biomes of Forza Horizon 5the new chapter of the famous racing series that will arrive on Xbox Series X | S and PC on November 9th.

The development team, currently also working on the relaunch of the Fable (here the reveal trailer of the new game), explained that in Mexico, the setting of this new chapter, there will be 11 distinct and unique biomes, each of which has been carefully studied and recreated.

“Our team collects references from the place and creates conceptual images that highlight the beauty and details unique to each biome. We use techniques such as photogrammetry to recreate the environment with precision and precision “said Don Arceta, artistic director of Forza Horizon 5. “And we bring the beauty of the world inside, through the sights and sounds you will find in each area. The goal of the artistic process is to make you feel like you are really there ”.

“We knew from the start that we wanted this to be the greatest Forza Horizon ever. However, if we wanted to be the greatest, we also felt we had to offer maximum diversity and contrast “said Mike Brown, creative director of the series. “Mexico is almost like the whole world in one country: snow-capped peaks, tropical jungles, epic canyons, beautiful beaches, ancient architecture and modern cities. When you add the incredible Mexican culture – the music, the art, the history, the people – there is no more exciting place for the Horizon Festival ”.

The developers also noted that seasons will also return on the day, adding new levels of diversity and complexity over previous games in the series.

Here is a quick description of the biomes directly from the XboxWire site, along with some pictures.


It’s the biome shown in the reveal trailer for Forza Horizon 5 in June. It is filled with rock formations shaped 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 canyon has more echoes than all the others.

Tropical coast

A beautiful location, perfect for a tropical Mexican vacation. Filled with palm trees, seagulls, white sand beaches and calm waters, it looks just like a postcard coming to life. At least that’s the case until storm season arrives, which completely changes the way you have to drive. Beware of flying palms!


Unlike the flatter or drier farmlands found in some of the previous Forza Horizon games, these rolling hills are filled with lush greenery, fruit trees, and wide, shallow rivers. There will be plenty of fences to break through and quaint farms to explore.

Arid Hills

This biome is filled with dry grasses on rolling hills and plains, offering plenty of open spaces to traverse perfect for those in the mood for off-roading. One of the most interesting features of this biome is a lake that actually dries up during the winter season, opening shortcuts via fast passages and secret areas.


Filled with lush, dense greenery and towering trees letting gorgeous sunbeams pass through the canopy, this biome also sports some towering waterfalls and meandering rivers. There are also a number of hidden temples in this area, all based on real locations in Mexico.

Living Desert

For the first time in 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 mounds that are unique to the area. As the name suggests, it is full of life and features many wild flowers and animals.

Rocky coast

While the tropical coast features many trees and greenery, this one has a completely different vibe. As there aren’t many trees, you’ll get a full view of the ocean and some excellent sunset views at the end of the day. And, for fans of this sport, there will also be a golf course!

Sandy desert

Filled with towering sand dunes, this biome is perfect for buggy riding and digging in the sand. Many of the roads in this area have long straights, so there are plenty of opportunities to see the maximum speed you can reach with your vehicle.


While a swamp might not seem like the best place for a race, the shallow waters of this biome are a great place for it. The swamp also features many mangrove trees that sport very thick, interconnected roots.

Urban city of Guanajuato

Like a number of cities in Mexico, there will be a good deal of stunning architecture and vibrant colors everywhere you look. Unlike many cities, however, it features a lot of rolling hills and tunnels, which create really fun race courses.


Also new to the series, this huge mountain sits right next to the Living Desert. It’s a very high-altitude volcano, so driving up is a unique experience that rewards players by seeing far to the horizon. It is also the only place where you will encounter snow.

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