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Forza Horizon 5

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Playground Games
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2021

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'Forza Horizon 5' Introduces Sign Language Support For In-Game Cinematics - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 28, 2022 @ 10:15 a.m. PST

In Forza Horizon 5, players explore the vibrant and ever-evolving open-world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world's greatest cars.

Forza Horizon 5 will lead you through breathtaking expeditions across Mexico with its striking contrast and beauty in hundreds of the world's greatest cars. Discover living deserts, lush jungles, historic cities, hidden ruins, pristine beaches, vast canyons, and a towering snow-capped volcano – the highest point ever in a Horizon game.

Get ready for Forza Horizon 5's deep campaign with challenges that reward you for engaging in the activities you love. Meet new characters and choose the outcomes of their Horizon Story missions and take on awe-inspiring weather events such as towering dust storms and intense tropical storms as Mexico’s unique, dynamic seasons change the world every week. Keep coming back for new events, challenges, collectibles, and rewards, and new areas to explore. No two seasons will ever be the same.

Team up with other players and enter the Horizon Arcade for a continuing series of fun, over-the-top challenges that keep you and your friends in the action and having fun with no menus, loading screens or lobbies. Meet new friends in Horizon Open and Tours and share your creations with new community gift sharing. (Console requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold, memberships sold separately.)

Forza Horizon 5 showcases powerful, all-new graphical features. Experience sweeping vistas and scan the distance to see the adventure that lies ahead. Encounter the smallest of details throughout the world which is rendered with striking realism, down to the smallest details like the light that glows through each needle on a Cholla cactus. The Mexican HDR sky captures illuminate the world to the point that you will feel as if you are right there. And thanks to the ray tracing is utilized in Forzavista to make the cars look even more true to real life.

Create your own expressions of fun with the powerful new EventLab gameplay toolset including custom races, challenges, stunts, and entirely new game modes. Customize your cars in more ways than ever before with new options such as the ability open and close convertible tops, paint brake calipers, and more. Use the new Gift Drops feature to share your custom creations with the community.

Playground Games announced that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) will be coming to Forza Horizon 5 via a free content update on March 1. A first for an Xbox Game Studios title, the update will bring sign language support for 150 Forza Horizon 5 in-game cinematics.

The feature, (available via Settings -> Accessibility -> Sign Language Picture-in-Picture) allows customization of the picture-in-picture sign language placement and background color, in ASL or BSL. Created in consultation with members of the deaf and hard of hearing community, and utilizing actors from the deaf community to interpret, the game supports 150 in-game cinematics and cut-scenes throughout Forza Horizon 5’s story.

“There are so many people with disabilities and people who are deaf. And, there are a lot of closed doors every day. And what I mean by that is that we are consistently and constantly dealing with inequities that exist. The fact that I can just be on the same level playing field as them means I'm not focused on a closed door.Play is an important aspect of everyone's lives, now more than ever as many will continue to be socially isolated given the pandemic,” said Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie.

“Games demand things of you in order to experience them. And when you do that, then there are going to be players who find different things, different levels of challenge. I think we are going to keep pushing and keep solving those problems for people for a very, very long time.I think it’s easy to come through the development of a game like this and start to think that maybe you’re an expert in the field of accessibility. The truth is very few people can really claim to be full experts in the field. I think that we have to have real humility and the ability to keep going, asking questions and trying to be better,” commented Creative Director Mike Brown.

Key Features:

  • Forza Horizon 5, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018's breakout hit open world driving game Forza Horizon 4, arrives on November 9 on Xbox consoles, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC and Cloud Gaming (Beta).
  • The Horizon Festival's unique brand of fun and freedom is headed to beautiful and vibrant Mexico.
  • Forza Horizon 5 features the largest, most diverse open world ever in a Forza Horizon game set against a vibrant, ever-evolving landscape with limitless driving action in hundreds of the world's greatest cars.

Forza Horizon 5 is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.


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