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Good Fortune and Good Adventuring Arrive During Lunar New Year!

26 January 2024- Playground Games
“Amid the sound of firecrackers, a year has come to an end,” and what better way to welcome the good fortune that the new year brings than with a nice drive through the Horizon Festival’s new features. This celebration will not last two weeks, though; the Horizon Festival has four weeks of content to celebrate this new lunar cycle. Each of these weeks comes with a reward car featuring some of the greatest vehicles to ever come out of the Middle Kingdom! Take it a step further and purchase the Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack which includes three cars destined for greatness made in China and a VW that stole the country’s heart. Your luck doesn’t end there; thirteen previous reward cars make their way back to the Festival as Autoshow cars are available from January 30. Another firecracker blast from the past sets in with the extended night cycle that makes a return for this series. Gather your family for an amazing, traditional dinner, and some laps around the Horizon Festival with the Lunar New Year Update!

Release Notes & Game Fixes

New Features:

  • 13 Previous Exclusive Reward cars added to the Autoshow

  • 9 Lunar New Year EventLab Props

  • 1 Lunar New Year Collector Accolade

  • Chinese Lucky Stars Pack becomes available for purchase

  • 5 new unlockable Festival Playlist Reward Cars

  • Limited Timed Series Features

-- Evolving World: Stadium Drift Arena

-- Evolving World: Dragon Drone Show

-- Evolving World: Fireworks collectible

  • 2 Badges: Feeling Lucky, Lunar Dragon

  • Returning Extended Nights

Bug Fixes

  • Improved the audio for the 2008 Aston Martin DBS

  • Fixed issues that occurred while trying to redeem a car through the message center

  • Fixed issues with players getting kicked out of the Weekly Trial

  • Fixed cosmetic issues on the 1970 Fast X Dodge Charger, 1966 Fast X Chevrolet Impala, and the 2022 Gordon Murray T.50

You can find a list of issues we are currently investigating here. The Troubleshooting Hub is always open for you to leave any reports you have.

The Year of the Dragon is Here.

Dragon prop standing on a race track with lights in the night sky

People born on a Dragon year are said to be full of energy and drive; the Horizon Festival is no different of course!

From tracks to props, dragons will flood the Festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year along with many other features to discover.

Crouching Tiger, Drifting Dragon

The Dragon head, body, and tail props scattered around a racing track
A Dragon watches over as you burn rubber in the tight corners and twists of the Drift Arena!

The Stadium twists and turns into a Drift Arena!

Whatever path you decide to take on this track, be true to yourself. The Drift Arena’s curves and bends will have you using every ancient secret of drifting to go on a complete lap. Driving around certain areas of the raceway or near its corners will trigger a smoke effect. Hold your drift, don’t let it catch you off guard!

Besides the myriad of tight corners, multiple red dragons dance through the course creating rings you can drive through. Keep exploring the Stadium and find the Fireworks Collectible hidden inside it.

Watch a Dragon Dance Done the Horizon Way.

Drones creating the image of a dragon on the night sky

Once you are done burning rubber, the Drift Arena will be hosting a Drone Show at night during the four weeks of Lunar New Year starting on February 1.

During daytime, drones will turn into traditional lanterns that will line up in the pattern of a dragon and prance along the sky as the drones do at night.

Building Your Own Tradition.

The fully assembled dragon prop underneath a night sky. A ribbon showcasing its parts is located in front

The spirit of Lunar New Year celebrates creativity with nine new props to use for your EventLab creations all with a season motif.

Give your tracks an impressive guardian and unique look using the Lunar Dragon. Provide the community with a place to moon gaze including the Lunar Lookout on your creations.

These are the nine props and decorations added in this new update:

  • Decoration

-- Lunar Dragon Head

-- Lunar Dragon Body

-- Lunar Dragon Tail

  • Ramps & Platforms

-- Lunar Lookout

  • Walls & Fences:

-- Lunar Barrier Gold

-- Lunar Barrier Red

  • Signs & Flags

-- Lunar Flag Gold

-- Lunar Flag Red

  • Gameplay

Firework Box

What’s in this Year’s Red Envelopes

The biggest hitters that ever came out of China make an appearance at the Horizon Festival as Lunar New Year’s Reward Cars. Go deeper into Asian automotive culture and history with the Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack which will be available for purchase for USD $4.99 / GBP £3.99 / EU €4.99 On January 30

To top it all off, the cars our community chose to return are finally in the Autoshow; snatch these ghosts from the past starting January 30!

Returning Rewards in the Autoshow.

It seems luck is in your favor this year, as the Autoshow will welcome thirteen cars.

The long-awaited returning reward cars are here. Our community picked ten previous reward-exclusive cars from a list of options to become available on the Autoshow, and they are finally here! Get those credits ready to grab the rewards you missed starting January 30.

Make room in your garage for three Asian newcomers hitting the Festival’s Autoshow on Lunar New Year. From racing to family, these cars are waiting to be modified and turned into your favorite ride.

10 Returning Cars (announced with Community Choice):

  • 1990 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer

  • 2010 Aston Martin One-77

  • 2021 Lamborghini Sian Roadster

  • 2021 Rimac Nevera

  • 2010 Ferrari 599XX

  • 1971 Porsche #23 917/20

  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso1990

  • 1967 Ferrari #24 Ferrari Spa 330 P4

  • 2018 Italdesign Zerouno

  • 1965 Peel Trident

3 New Cars

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

  • 2020 Xpeng P7

  • 2021 Lynk & Co 03

Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack

Four cars parked on a boardwalk facing each other
The Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack which will be available for purchase for USD $4.99 / GBP £3.99 / EU €4.99 On January 30

Collect and drive four of China’s biggest golden stars!

The latest Car Pack for Forza Horizon 5 includes 4 cars made locally and VW’s biggest hit in China. Take a deeper look at the vehicles featured in the Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack.

2022 Lynk & Co 05+

Two 2022 Lynk & Co 05+ parked one in front of the other one. The one in the foreground is showing its back, while the one in the background shows its front.

Reading a plus sign at the end of a car’s name can only mean one thing: it’s time to ramp up the crazy.

Adding 14 more horsepower and 29 lb-ft of torque, the 2022 Lynk & Co 05+ does exactly that, turning a regular SUV into a crossover vehicle with a need for the track.

The Co 05+ has been fitted with a multi-link independent suspension system and a new body kit with wings and a front lip to improve downforce.

Lynk & Co’s signature SUV has the power, styling, and gear to take over the Horizon Festival this series!

2023 MG Cyberster

Convertible car with its roof off and a scissor door open parked on the beach. Its owner is standing next to it.

The spiritual successor of MG’s TF is finally here with a dash of Chinese spice and three times to power to make the wait worthwhile.

Enter the 2023 MG Cyberster, an electric convertible equipped with an all-wheel drive system and an engine capable of producing 536 bhp. This automotive fist of electronic fury can accelerate from 0-100 kmh in just 3.2 seconds, putting it right with the big hitters of the Festival.

MG’s legacy combined with the best of Chinese engineering make the MG Cyberster one of your best choices for a light cruise or the harshest of races.

2022 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Macaron

A small car driving on a tarmac road surrounded by houses

What is not to love about the 2022 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Macaron? Agile body, lovely name (translates to sunshine in English), electrically- powered, a paintjob you can almost taste...this lovely macaron is a warrior of the concrete jungle!

They say, “simplicity is the key to brilliance”, and this small vehicle is designed to deal with everyday urban challenges took it as its core. This practical little car is in the race to become number 1 in your heart.

Turn this panda into the ultimate Dragon Warrior with a few customization tweaks and skadoosh around the Horizon Festival this series!

2012 Volkswagen Santana

A sedan parked in front of a crowded entrance on top of a stone road.

The German wonder that stole China’s heart, the 2012 Volkswagen Santana is arriving to the Horizon Festival this series.

Considered VW’s biggest hit on the Asian continent, the Santana was one of the first European cars affordable in China. This made it the first choice for taxis and government vehicles.

Germany’s Chinese connection will provide you with a ton of charm, countless hours of fun, and (above all) a ton of customization opportunities. Snatch yours this series with our latest Car Pack.

If you weren’t sure how to spend those red envelope earnings, this is your sign to get the Chinese Lucky Stars Car Pack for $4.99 USD available for purchase now.

Festival Playlist

Five cars lined up vertically next to their release dates

Four weeks of great luck and rewards come in with Lunar New Year.

This month’s reward cars feature Horizon newcomers from the Asian continent including Hyundai, Lynk & Co, and MG.

Take a look at five amazing reward cars you will be able to unlock this series.

2022 Hyundai Kona N

A red SUV parked on tarmac next to a stage on a sunny day
Earn 20 PTS during Week 1 “Summer” Season on the Lunar New Year Festival Playlist. Available from February 1 until February 8

The first week of this Festival Playlist brings a crossover SUV from Korea, the turbocharged and freshly overhauled 2022 Hyundai Kona N.

The 2022 model received a very fitting makeover with its exterior being almost entirely a new design with more sportive lines and finishes. To wrap up the changes and upgrades, the Kona was fitted with a 276-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Whether you want to turn the Kona into an off-roading legend or have it perform at its best on the road, you will be able to unlock and modify it to your pleasing for 20 PTS on the first week of the Festival Playlist.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 6

White sports car driving through vegetation in front of a building
Earn 80 PTS starting Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the Lunar New Year Festival Playlist. Available from February 8 until February 29

The performance model in Hyundai’s line of electric vehicles will reach the Horizon Festival as a Series Reward for Lunar New Year.

The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 6 is an EV with an aerodynamic look and function that not only makes it run more efficiently, but it also allows it to perform like a sports saloon on the track. The IONIQ 6 can take off from standstill to 100 kmh in just 5.1 seconds.

An electric car that screams performance with its flaps, aerodynamic mirrors, and wheel gap reducers, the Hyundai IONIQ 6 is a great pick for those looking to use less gas and still be fast.

2022 Lynk & Co 02 HB

A hatchback cruising on a tarmac road located between two mountains
Earn 20 PTS during Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the Lunar New Year Festival Playlist. Available from February 8 until February 15

Yes, you guessed right: HB stands for hatchback, which is another word for “I’m going to have so much fun in this car”.

The 2022 Lynk & Co 02 HB is the Chinese company’s shot at giving the world a hot hatch they can Phoenix dance in. This model is equipped with the Volvo Drive-E 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that we have seen in the Swedish company’s S60, XC70, and V70.

To put their own spin to it, the 02 comes with an overpower option that boosts its torque from 350 Nm to 380 Nm, and let’s this small powerhouse dash from 0 to 100 in 6.2 seconds.

Drift Arena and a hot hatch, need we say more?

2020 Hyundai i30N

Gray hatchback about to take a left corner on a tarmac road covered in dirt
Earn 20 PTS during Week 3 “Winter” Season on the Lunar New Year Festival Playlist. Available from February 15 until February 22

More power, more responsiveness, and a sportier body kit; the 2020 Hyundai i30N is getting front of line to become your favorite hatchback to drive around the Horizon Festival.

A 2.0 - liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine capable of producing 353 Nm of torque along with its brand-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission makes this car worthy of an invitation to the hot hatch party that takes place every day at the Festival.

Not straying too far away from its five-door rivals, the i30N can hit a top speed of 250 kmh and reach 100 from nothing in 6.1 seconds.

If not for all the fun a stock hatchback can bring, unlock this car for 20 PTS on the third week of Lunar New Year and see what kinds of sauce you can add with your own customization.

2023 MG MG7

Green sports car rushig through a dirt road in front of a mountain
Earn 20 PTS during Week 4 “Spring” Season on the Lunar New Year Festival Playlist. Available from February 22 until February 29

Another one of MG’s staples makes a revamped comeback in the 2023 MG MG7. This new version of a classic comes with a design that puts together luxury and sportive performance.

The new MG7 is geared with a 2.0-liter turbo engine capable of putting out 257 hp and producing 405 Nm of torque, catering to fans of speed; and packs it up inside a stylish outside design.

The return of the MG should be celebrated along with the New Year, and we do not know a better way to do this than taking it to the track and scoring some fast times.

What’s next

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