Update: Forza Horizon 5's Series 6 update is now live! Here's a rundown of the new features:
Original story: Developer Playground Games has detailed its upcoming Forza Horizon 5 Series 6 update, which'll contain the usual array of Festival Playlist goodies to go at. However, this particular update also brings some major changes to online racing.
Horizon Open Changes
Horizon Open, the game's online racing area, is getting custom racing options. Rather than being thrown into a more random racing experience, players will be able to choose from additional parameters before jumping in. These include car class, race type and more.
Once this update drops, Horizon Open is also getting its own, separate progression system. Competing at Horizon Open will still contribute to your normal level, but also a new 'Horizon Open' level. Progressing through this system will also grant player badges to display beside your gamertag in-game. All of this added progression will be viewable on a new Horizon Open leaderboard.
New Festival Playlist
Of course, series 6 also brings a new festival playlist with four brand new cars to thrash around Mexico. The summer season kicks things off with the 2012 Ascari KZ1R.
Autumn brings a brand new car to the Forza series, in the form of the 2021 McLaren 765LT Coupe. This thing is a bit of beauty.
Moving on to winter, the 2018 ATS GT arrives with its fancy doors and sleek shape. Fun fact, the GT is based on a McLaren too; the 650S.
Speaking of which, that car itself is the final series 6 Festival Playlist addition, albeit the convertible version. The 2014 McLaren 650S Spider arrives just in time for spring.
New Horizon Story & Eventlab Options
Rounding out the new features for series 6 are a brand new Horizon Story, and some Eventlab additions. The Drift Club Story slides on over to Mexico this series, and if you complete all six chapters you'll be treated to a new ride; the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400.
The changes to Eventlab include some new barrier and obstacle options, along with new dirt and asphalt platforms to drive on. Oh, and you can now alter gravity levels, which sounds like a recipe for disaster... or incredible fun!
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