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Yesterday saw the reveal of Forza Horizon 5 - it's going to Mexico and obviously there's been a lot of different reactions from the Xbox community to this new location.

So, why did Playground Games choose this location? Following the reveal trailer, Forza ran a special FH5 live stream on its YouTube channel featuring the creative director Mike Brown and Associate Art Director Conar Cross. During the broadcast, Mike was asked why Mexico was selected as the location.

The reason, in a nutshell, is it's got an environment that has "everything" and the country's culture is loved around the world. Here's exactly what he had to say:

"Mexico is a country which is almost like the whole world in one country, it's got snowy mountains, epic canyons, beautiful historic cities, stunning coastlines, jungles, rolling hills, farmland, multiple different types of desert... it just has everything and then you add on top of that the fact that it has this culture that's known and loved all around the world, the art, the music, the people, there couldn't be a more exciting option for the horizon festival than Mexico."

The creative director also went into detail about just how hard it is to pick a location when it comes to a new Forza Horizon game because so much else trickles down during the decision-making process:

"The question we deliberate on the most is what location is the horizon festival gonna to go to for each game. We start thinking about it at the start of development of a new horizon title and we spend a really long time making that call. It has all these kind of trickle-down for the rest of the game, like the cars that you'll pick, the type of racing that you do, the music that you go with... so it has really far-reaching ramifications so you need to make sure you make the absolute right decision.

"Right from the start, we knew that we wanted to make the biggest horizon ever and you don't get that far down that path before you realise there's no point making the biggest ever unless it's also the most diverse because otherwise, you're just adding more of the same."

So, there you go - that's why Forza Horizon 5 is going to Mexico. It's literally got "everything" the developers want. How do you feel about this being the next location? Where would you like to see the series go in the future? Leave a comment down below.