As Dusk Falls has been getting a lot of attention in the run up to its launch later today, July 19th, but we shouldn't forget that Forza Horizon 5's first expansion is also dropping on this way-too-hot British Tuesday in mid-July...
Yep, Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels goes live later today, bringing a whole new loop-de-loop-filled playground for racers to explore! Here's when you can go hands on with Forza's latest expansion; round two of Hot Wheels action for the Forza Horizon series.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels Release Times
The release time for Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels is today, July 19th, at 10am PT. That's 1pm ET for you east coast folk and 6pm BST here in the UK. Not long to go then until the Hot Wheels Park gates are flung open!
Sadly, we haven't been able to get pre-release access, but we hope to publish a review later this week.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels Price, How To Buy
The price of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels depends on how you want to buy it. If you own the base game already (or just want to keep playing it on Game Pass), you can grab the standalone expansion, the Expansions Bundle or the Premium Add-Ons Bundle. There are also bundles that include the base game in the package as an optional extra.
All of these bundles are reduced if you're a Game Pass member, available for the following prices:
- Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels (Standalone) - £13.49 / $17.99
- Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle - £24.29 / $31.49
- Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle - £31.99 / $39.99
- Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition - £67.99 / $79.99
Calling all daredevil drivers and creators! Blast off to the visually stunning, exhilarating new Horizon Hot Wheels Park in the clouds high above Mexico. Experience the fastest, most extreme tracks ever devised. Design, build, and share your own Hot Wheels adventure with over 80 distinct, snappable track pieces. Race 10 amazing new cars including the lightning fast 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 and the iconic 2000 Hot Wheels Deora II.
Are you looking forward to this one? Or will you wait for more details on Expansion 2? Let us know!
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Any idea if it’ll need a new download (if I’m already up to date)?
@TryToBeHopeful I assume the release will coincide with an update, but not 100% sure just yet.
Update says 9.1gb, then doesn’t work.
So I expect it to be this size when ready to download… Pre-ordered and ready to go 😎
I’m saving up rewards points to buy the game, but already got all the dlc for free (well, with rewards points…)
So there’s no way to download it before release time (6pm for me)?
@spoonman2 - exactly the same here. Hopefully all becomes clear at 6pm.
Don't see any update option here.
Worth flagging up this as well:
We're celebrating the launch of #FH5HotWheels live from the
this Tuesday! Tune in at http://twitch.tv/Forza for exclusive prizes, the chance to join our convoy, and more!
(10am PT / 6PM BST)
Didn’t auto update -even under manage add ons. Had to launch game and now it is downloading the expansion
11.6 GB update
Awfully managed MS. With an obligatory update of 10GB+ which we weren't even able to begin downloading until most of the day is over, I feel it very cheeky that this expansion is advertised as "launching today".
As Dusk Falls successfully launched today, this expansion didn't.
It's not the waiting that annoys me, it's the whole marketing nonsense they put behind these things and leave out the utter nonsense between the lines.
There's a DLC update and a game update. about 24GB in total.
@pip_muzz technically... you can play on cloud.
Rediculous. Only bought and installed this afternoon ready for a 6pm start. MS have decided to release a 12gb patch at 6pm instead.
I knew there was a reason I dont buy from MS... Its why I hate their OS too, they do not respect your time.
Still, I guess its only another hour to wait. Heres hoping its worth the effort, I was on the fence but couldnt resist 😀
@Titntin the baffling part is that if they knew it comes with a massive multi GB update, why didn't they just allow us to download the update earlier at 00:00 or something? It's the arbitrary wait until 18:00 to only then be allowed to download the update which is the poor part.
@Titntin I mean there was no preload for Stray on PS5 either so you had to wait for a download for that too. And it just went live here in the US about an hour ago.
Having to upgrade some games on PS5 jumping through hoops without Smart Delivery also doesn’t “respect” people’s time either.
Just saying no system is perfect.
@awp69 fair enough, but MS infrastructure should be a lot better than Sony's. From Smart delivery to Pre-Install, MS normally operate at a much higher standard. The fact I checked for updates this morning to avoid this specific issue makes it doubly frustrating.
@Titntin oh and it's two hours you'll be waiting for. The base game also now comes with a mandatory 12gb update as well 🙄
@awp69 Yeah im sure thats true, but it was available here at midday when I looked, so it was dowloaded earlier for me.
What Stray wont do, is wait till I go to play it and then tell me it needs a big update, and thats the bit that sucks!
I just think such a big launch could have been a little better managed is all... its hardly a catastrophe. 😂
@pip_muzz Hopefully thats the update I downloaded earlier today! Otherwise, screw the cars im catting it!
@Titntin 😂😅 from what the other user has said, unless you've got that downloaded already that's another game you're waiting for 😂
Hard to stay cool when it's so **** hot as well.
Edit: oh you've said exactly that, it's already downloaded. My bad. The heat really is killing my brain cells today.
@pip_muzz Im in Brixham, Devon. We've had the storm today that you may get tommorrow. Its not been too hot down here, just pleasent!
I'm interested to see how this will compare with the Hotwheels Unleashed game. I've played that one quite extensively and its a suprisingly fun and extensive racer..
***Well im in the game at 19.05, but I might as well have not bothered! The Forza Horizon 5 servers are down, so you cant play it.... Sigh. Xbox Status confirms, but no eta for them to come back yet..
So Forza Horizon 5 update is 12.2 GB and the Hotwheels add-on is 11.6 GB
Why could we not pre-load this MS?!
Sony doing their best to hold MS' beer today by having a PSN meltdown. Just when I was getting genuinely irritated with MS suddenly perspective shines through
@pip_muzz I saw, lol. Fixed now apparently. I finally got into the hotwheels game, yay. Feels fun...
This is well worth getting. The opening introduction race is absolutely gorgeous. Only unlocked upto class A but so far its very fun!
Ugh... 12gb game update followed by 11gb for the dlc.
Will have to wait until tomorrow.
First world problems etc, but a bit irritating... I'm sure MS could find a better way to manage this.
Had a quick spin this morning for an hour or so and it all looks and plays very impressively. The lighting is superb, both from the natural world and also the cars - headlights/brake lights illuminate the environment, other cars and tracks very effectively. The forest biome looks particularly stunning with its cascading waterfalls and surrounding vegetation.
I haven’t played Hot Wheels before and this looks a lot of fun, and of course there’s the usual Forza polish to the graphics & excellent fluidity. Good stuff!
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