Playground Games has promised to give out 1000 free Forzathon Points to all players in Forza Horizon 5's next content update as a way of saying sorry for the numerous multiplayer issues the game has been experiencing.
The studio says the likes of matchmaking, connectivity and teaming up in Convoys have made online multiplayer "frustrating to play", outlining a few key areas that the team are planning to focus on over the next few updates:
- Convoys – "There’s nothing more disappointing than going on a road-trip with your friends and seeing them all disappear. We’ve experienced it and it never gets any less of a letdown. With that said, we are actively working on improvements around players erratically disappearing or not being pulled into Horizon Life servers with their Convoy."
- Horizon Arcade – "These fun, collaborative minigames come to life when experienced with other players, however, we know not many of you have been able to experience them as intended. There is often a much lower than expected player count for Horizon Arcade events and we know that simply isn’t fun. Like Convoys, we’re aware of players disappearing when these events start. We are working on fixes and improvements to resolve both issues."
- The Eliminator – "Regarding invisible players and players unable to challenge one another upon beeping their horn, we’ve seen your reports and have experienced both issues ourselves. We have identified some issues and are actively working on addressing them."
- Horizon Open – "We’re aware of an issue that causes Convoy leaders to matchmake by themselves. In general, we are working on matchmaking improvements to Horizon Open to ensure you and your Convoy can seamlessly find other players together."
- Leaderboards – "We’re aware of bugs that cause erroneous lap times to be posted on Rivals leaderboards and are working on a future update to prevent this from happening. We’re also aware of players using game speed modifiers to boost their scores for PR Stunts and are looking to prevent and remove these impossibly high scores. Cheating, game tampering, and the use of exploits to intentionally gain a competitive advantage ruins the experience for others. While we don’t believe cheating will ever go away entirely, we will continue to release improvements to our games systems to prevent this and take action on those who promote and enable disruptions to everyone’s game experience in this way."
- EventLab – "We understand how frustrating it is to lose all your progress when building a new EventLab track, arena or game mode. Similarly, we know how difficult it is to craft the masterpieces many of you are known for in just one sitting. For a future game update, we’re working to introduce the ability to save and edit EventLab content post-creation. We’re also aware of XP/credit AFK farms and other types of exploitative events dominating the EventLab menus and we’re working on systems to improve curation so that these events are not surfaced."
No details have been provided about when these forthcoming content updates will be available just yet, but we're assuming we won't have too long to wait until the first one drops with those 1000 free Forzathon points.
Despite these problems, Forza Horizon 5 has still been going down a treat with players, and we're having a blast with it ourselves here at Pure Xbox. Once these irritating issues are finally ironed out, it's going to be even better.
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