Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Like every Forza game to date, Forza Horizon 5 is set to be a visual showpiece, as evidenced in its first gameplay trailers unveiled during E3 earlier this month. Developer Playground Games has since shared more gameplay from its upcoming open-world racing game, showcasing the wonderful skies and weather you'll get to experience.
While the first episode in its Forza Horizon 5: ¡Let’s Go! stream offered a breakdown of the game's Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase announcement, the second episode features details on the glorious skies it'll conjure within its rendition of Mexico. Created using an enhanced version of the rig it used on Forza Horizon 3 and 4, three cameras were used to capture 8K images of Mexico, saved to an enormous hard drive that had to be shipped back to the development studio in the UK.
Around 400 hours of sky photographs were snapped in all, lending Lead Lighting Artist Lukas Koels a considerable amount of clouds and such to work with. Where Forza Horizon 4 had about 300 sky presets to render its skyboxes, Horizon 5 will have significantly more sky options. “This time we have over 2000, so there’s quite a lot more variety," said Koels.
As for weather, you'll find that effects will be regional, so while it might be raining in the jungle, it might be doing something else entirely in a different spot of Mexico. Varying types of rain, like light sprinkling in the deserts or torrential monsoons in the jungles, as well as seasonal weather effects, including tropical storms and swirling funnels of dust, ought to help keep things interesting, too. You'll also be able to see storms brewing or happening in the distance.
You can find out loads more in the latest video (via VideoGamer) below. Forza Horizon 5 launches for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on 9th November.