Forza Horizon Dev Details Jam-Packed FH5 Anniversary Update

On the eve of the series' 10th birthday, Forza Horizon 5 is getting a massive free anniversary update to celebrate a decade of open world racing for the Forza franchise. There's a lot packed in here, from brand-new cars and Forza Horizon throwbacks, to a new Horizon story and some classic FH radio tunes. Here's a look at the highlights from the update, which arrives on October 11th.

Forza Horizon Origins

'Horizon Origins' is a brand-new five-part story coming to FH5 as part of the update, hosted by Bass Arena DJ Scott Tyler. The story focuses on some of the series' most iconic moments, from Horizon 5 all the way back to the first game on Xbox 360. Speaking of which, you'll get the Forza Horizon 1 cover car for completing all five chapters!

Forza Horizon Dodge Viper

Midnight Battles Return

Playground Games is also dipping into the Forza Horizon 3 well by bringing back Midnight Battles, which first originated on the moonlit streets of FH3. These are one-on-one races where the victor keeps the opponent's vehicle, and four battles will be spread across 16 new events at the 'Street Scene' hub. The four vehicles up for grabs are the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, the 1984 Honda Civic CRX Mugen, the 2003 Toyota Celica SS-I and the 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV.

Forza Horizon Mixtape

Perhaps the most surprising update in here, given we don't usually see post-launch FH music, is the introduction of 'Horizon Mixtape'. This is a selection of tunes from past Forza Horizon games that'll be added to Horizon 5's soundtrack, unlocked via the game's Accolades system. Here's the full list of returning tunes:

  • A Moment Apart - ODESZA - Forza Horizon 4 - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Aurora (feat. Metrik) - Camo & Krooked - Forza Horizon 3 - Hospital Records
  • Bored To Death - blink-182 - Forza Horizon 3 - Vagrant Records
  • Constellations FH3 VIP Mix - Fred V & Grafix - Forza Horizon 3 - Hospital Records
  • Dawnbreaker - Metrik - Forza Horizon 4 - Hospital Records
  • Fly Marshmello - Forza Horizon 4 - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Get It Right - The Offspring - Forza Horizon 3 - Epitaph Records
  • Language - Porter Robinson - Forza Horizon - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Levels (Skrillex Mix) - Avicii - Forza Horizon - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Nocturne - Keeno - Forza Horizon 2 - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Show Me A Sign - Modestep - Forza Horizon - Horizon Bass Arena
  • Slipstream - Metrik - Forza Horizon 2 - Hospital Records
  • Sunrise - Fred V & Grafix - Forza Horizon 4 - Hospital Records
  • Tied To You (feat. Justin Tranter) - The Knocks - Forza Horizon 3 - Horizon Pulse
  • Ingrid Is A Hybrid - Dusky - Forza Horizon 3 - Horizon Bass Arena

There's also a selection of clothing, emotes, and car horns returning from past games as well, along with the usual 'Festival Playlist' containing throwbacks to some of the series' biggest cars. Finally, the Forza Horizon 5 update brings with it eight achievements worth a total of 150 gamerscore. This month's update is one big Horizon celebration, folks!

Will you be jumping back into FH5 to try the anniversary update out? Let us know in the comments.