Soapbox: I Hope Forza Horizon 6 Goes In A Different Direction For The Series

Now that Playground Games has revealed all of its major expansion plans for Forza Horizon 5, I've been thinking about what I'd like to see from the inevitable sequel, whenever it arrives.

For a long, long time, there's been plenty of discussion around Japan as a potential location for 'Forza Horizon 6'. The idea has merit - it'd certainly be different to what we've seen before from the series' American, Australian and European settings.

Personally, I don't have a burning desire for a Japanese location but I do agree that FH6 needs to be different. While bright and sunny Mexico was a nice change of pace from the overcast countryside scenery Forza Horizon 4 brought, it still ultimately felt very familiar. In many ways, Horizon 5 felt like a mashup of every Forza Horizon game that came prior.

That familiarity has ended up extending to the game's DLC plan as well. Expansion 1 delivered another trip to Hot Wheels Park in 2022, while Expansion 2 is set to take the environments of Forza Horizon 5's base game map and combine it with the sensibilities of Forza Horizon 1's own rally expansion. It's all a bit 'been there done that', isn't it?

Don't get me wrong, I like Forza Horizon 5. It's a great open world racer and in many ways is the culmination of Xbox's racing subseries so far. It isn't as good as Forza Horizon 4 though, which was the last Horizon game to really bring its own unique flavour to proceedings.

So, what's next for the series? Well, much like Turn 10's Forza Motorsport series, it could be time to take Horizon back to the drawing board. I reckon the whole thing could do with a freshen up, from events to progression to the setting and beyond. I've absolutely loved Forza Horizon over the last decade or so, but eventually every good series needs a big refresh. That time is now for Forza Horizon.

Hopefully, the new Forza Motorsport helps speed the process up a bit for the Horizon team. Decisions like the location of Forza Horizon 6 will of course need to be largely brainstormed from scratch, but just basing the next game off of Turn 10's new tech should be a great starting point. The two Forza teams have often traded tech back and forth over the years, so a new Motorsport release should only help in making Horizon 6 feel like a major step up.

Take me to Eastern Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada - I'm not too bothered where we end up. I just want Forza Horizon 6 to refresh the series before it becomes stale.

What do you want from Forza Horizon 6? Do you agree with me? If not, please shout at me in the comments below. Thanks!