Forza Horizon 5 has been an enjoyable ride so far, with Playground Games delivering a thrilling rendition of open world Mexican racing followed by a major DLC pack in the form of Hot Wheels 2.0. While our reviewer very much enjoyed their time with the series' second Hot Wheels outing, the community is now eagerly awaiting news on Expansion 2 - news that should be coming real soon.
The development team says that a second expansion reveal is due in "early 2023", and after last week's Xbox Series X bundle announcement, thoughts have been swirling about what's coming with Expansion 2. Personally, I'd like a more down-to-earth DLC pack after the return to Hot Wheels Park last summer, and I reckon the developer should look back at one of their previous add-ons for inspiration.
I've never shied away from my love of Forza Horizon 4. Not only do I believe the Horizon Festival's fourth outing is the pinnacle of the open world racing series so far, I actually think it's one of the best driving games ever made. Playground nailed its 'greatest hits' version of open world Britain, and it also brought the heat with the game's pair of downloadable expansions - particularly 'Fortune Island' in my book.
Fortune Island was the first of two major DLC packs for Forza Horizon 4, and it delivered an amazing slice of rugged racing landscape for us all to enjoy driving about on. Fortune Island felt like the 'Scottish Highlands' section of the base game's map ratcheted up to 11, with some fantastic winding roads, rolling hills, and of course, that amazing mountain pass.
The Fortune Island map isn't huge, but it packs in pretty much everything you'd want to play on, creating some of the very best racing routes the series has to offer. The DLC's core progression is pretty fun too (and very generous with its rewards), allowing players to literally hunt for treasures scattered throughout the island. I had a lot of fun going after these rewards on release, and I'd welcome a similar structure with FH5 Expansion 2.
Don't get me wrong, I want to see the team stretch its legs and create something new - I'm not asking for Fortune Island 2.0 here. However, after a couple of crazy crossovers with Horizon 4's Lego Expansion and Horizon 5's return to Hot Wheels, I'm after a DLC that focuses on driving & racing above all else. Fortune Island's well-crafted world has stuck with me since launch, and I think it'd make great inspiration for Forza Horizon 5's second big expansion.