Latest Festival playlist, Explore the Horizon, announced for Forza Horizon 5
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‘Explore the Horizon’ Playlist Announced for FH5

Forza Horizon 5

The new “Explore the Horizon” playlist is coming to Forza Horizon 5. Themed around adventure, it brings new cars, features and modifications to enjoy over the next month.

The end of one Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist means the beginning of another. The High Performance Playlist is coming to an end this week which means “Explore the Horizon” is set to plunge players in the art of off-road adventure.

Along with the new playlist comes the traditional FH5 update. This latest refresh, Update 21, is particularly large. Bringing new features, a wide variety of popular car modifications and numerous bug fixes, fans of the game are sure to enjoy it. Here’s all you need to know about ‘Explore the Horizon’ and the new Forza Horizon 5 update.

Photo Mode Improvements

One major part of the this new update has to be improvements coming to the game’s photo mode. Forza Horizon has always been the go-to game for automotive photography. But with new changes on their way, players will have more creative freedom to put together the shots they want.

Headlining the overhaul is the ability to place one’s character in the shot. Whereas the player’s in-game avatar used to remain rigid behind the wheel, one can now get pictures of a car and avatar together. Place the character anywhere you want around a stationary car and create a true car enthusiast’s dream portrait.

This subject control goes hand-in-hand with the new ability to tilt one’s wheels. In real automotive photography, turning the front wheels to one side often gives a cleaner look to a shot. Now players will be able to do this with ease in FH5.

Elsewhere, players will now seemingly have time controlling abilities. When in photo mode, one can now alter the time of day and weather to better suit the desired shot. This will be perfect for creating moody images regardless of it being sunny. Alternatively, if it’s pouring down with rain and you want a glamorous picture of the beach, simply change the weather and get your shot.

The Forza Horizon 5 photo mode gets an overhaul in Explore the Horizon
The Forza Horizon 5 photo mode gets an overhaul in Explore the Horizon. Image credit: Playground Games

Finally, for those that want to get really technical, a number of guidelines and aids will be available to use. Various aspect ratios and grids will allow players to respect different photography rules such as the rule of thirds, a very important notion to consider in photography.

Overlanding in Forza Horizon 5

As with every monthly Forza Horizon 5 playlist, Explore the Horizon has its own theme. This brings cars, modifications and challenges all focused around one aspect of the automotive community. For June, the game is quite clearly going to be set around the activity of driving off-road and exploring the world from the comfort of your car.

With this main focus for the month come plenty of new cars and modifications. First up, the game will now see many pick-up off-roaders gain the possibility to fit a “unique overlanding modification.” Reportedly, this is the perfect way to transform your vehicle into a camping car. Bringing the feature out from the Rally Expansion Pack’s Ford F-150 Lightning, this must be a roof tent.

Overlanding is the Explore the Horizon theme
Overlanding is the Explore the Horizon theme. Image credit: Playground Games

This somewhat mysterious modification will be available for a total of 16 trucks including the four new models available to win in the Festival Playlist. Before that however, and unlike in previous monthly updates, Forza Horizon 5 is set to get six new models to the game.

The four trucks will be joined by a pair of Cupra models. Firstly, the 2021 Cupra Formentor VZ5 is a popular SUV Crossover featuring a 2.5-litre TSI 5-pot engine producing 390hp. In standard form, this car will reach the dizzying heights of 250km/h and complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds.

Secondly, a new EV is joining FH5 in the form of the 2022 Cupra Tavascan Concept. This 250kW EV is an all-wheel drive concept car set to become a production car in 2024.

Pair of Cupra cars join FH5
A pair of Cupra cars join FH5. Image credit: Playground Games

Whilst neither car will feature in the Festival Playlist, they will be available for free. Both will be available to claim as gifts in the Forza Horizon 5 message centre.

Explore the Horizon Playlist

This month, the Festival Playlist is set to be very pick-up truck dominant. Four new trucks join the game with this latest update, each of which will be available to win week-by-week.

The first week of Explore the Horizon will last from 25 May to 1 June. This Summer Season will see players win the 2019 DeBerti Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat ‘Transformer’ after earning 20 points.

Week 2 gives players the chance to compete for the 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat. This classic truck is also available to win after earning 20 points in the Spring Season playlist. Next up is the 1972 Chevrolet K-10 Custom which will become available after earning 20 points in the Autumn playlist of Week 3. Finally, the all-electric 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Pickup is the 20-point prize in Week 4 of the Explore the Horizon playlist.

New trucks in Explore the Horizon for FH5
New trucks in Explore the Horizon for FH5. Image credit: Playground Games

Elsewhere, countless new accolades are available for players to achieve. Within the Pathfinder Accolades, players will find new achievements to complete. These mostly focus on discovering locations in various vehicles. Several accolades also reward players for using the new photo mode. This ought to incite players to use the new guides and character placement features, which should make for fantastic photos.

Cars to win, modifications to fit and pictures to take. The new update and Festival playlist for Forza Horizon 5 is sure to keep players busy for the next month.

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