A Nissan Tsuru racing on top of a Marigold-covered road at sunset
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Celebrate Día de Muertos Horizon Style

6 October 2023 - Playground Games
Cempasúchil and calaveritas take over the Horizon Festival as Dia de Muertos arrives to Forza Horizon 5.

The unique smell of Autumm has a particular scent in Mexico, its one that indicates the return of our loved ones on the night of Día de Muertos. This iconic Mexican tradition has hit the Horizon Festival bringing huge surprises to celebrate the season.

Along with dressing Mulegé with the traditional colors and decorations of the holiday, you will be able to celebrate with the Día de Muertos Dress & Suit that we will be giving away on October 26.

Since we are celebrating one of Mexico’s most emblematic traditions, this new update also brings one of the biggest and most versatile automotive icons of the country, the 2010 Nissan Tsuru, into the Horizon Festival. The Tsuru is the community’s most requested car to date on our Suggestions Hub with over 4,000 votes and introducing it to Forza Horizon 5 has been an unforgettable journey for us. It all started thanks to you, our players! From sourcing a pristine-quality model to preparing it for you to drive around Mexico, we’re so excited to introduce this eagerly awaited and iconic car for our community to enjoy and we can’t wait to see what you do with it.

A Nissan Tsuru racing on top of a Marigold-covered road at sunset

Get ready for track day as the Super Speed Car Pack becomes available for purchase on October 10. This new Car Pack features speedsters from the modern era including the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, 2020 KTM X-Bow GT2, and the 2019 Elemental RP1.

Get your ofrendas and Pan de Muerto ready to celebrate the mythic Day of the Dead from October 10 until November 10 with this new, free update for Forza Horizon 5.

Release Notes & Game Fixes

The following list details some of the fixes and changes we are implementing with this new update:

  • Fixed props in EventLab moving randomly when in placement mode.
  • EventLab Prefab thumbnail won’t change to prop image when trying to move or copy that Prefab.
  • EventLab Island Event map pin image will always show on the map and mini map.
  • Snap nodes will no longer disappear when moving pieces.
  • Fixed EventLab Island displaying black textures when playing through Cloud Gaming.
  • Players will be sent to EventLab Island when choosing an event that takes place there.
  • Fixed an issue where Attachment Nodes stopped working for other props.
  • 2021 BMW M3 exterior windows can now be tinted.
  • 2021 BMW M4 has the correct driver position.
  • Fixed issues with the 2018 BMW M5 AC Schitzner and 2015 BMW i8 AC Schnitzer widebody kits.
  • 1996 BMW 850CSi vinyl mapping issues when using bodykits.

You can find a list of issues we are currently investigating here. Report any issues you encounter with this update and others in the Troubleshooting Hub.

Día de Muertos takes over the Horizon Festival

Forza Horizon 5 is thrilled to host a massive celebration of one of the most important Mexican traditions and holidays: Día de Muertos.

A decorated, inflatable skull in front of some alebrijes decorating a street during the night

On this magical day, spirits of our loved ones come back to say hello for one night and to enjoy a feast specially created for them, and while they are busy eating the snacks on their ofrenda, you will be too enjoying our unique celebration.

Flowers and Decorations over Mulegé

Mulegé knows how to get down for Día de Muertos. For the entire duration of the four weeks of the Festival Playlist, you will be able to spot Día de Muertos-themed decorations such as Alebrijes, inflatable skulls (calaveritas), and other details to get in for the festivities.

Admire the unique colors and shapes that will be created by the Día de Muertos Drone Show that will make an appearance on Día de Muertos Nights over the Mulegé night sky.

EventLab Props & Collectibles

During the second week of the Festival Playlist, you will be able to snatch an icon of Mexican folklore and tradition. Sing away and collect the Mariachi Tank Piñata! Along with this fabulous new prop, 15 new colorful objects will be available in the EventLab Blueprint Builder to create thematic events.

A collection of colorful decorations featuring inflatable skulls, alebrijes and the mariachi gas tank displayed in the middle of a closed road.

Under the “Decorations” tab, you will see:

  • Marigold Stall
  • Orange/Blue Inflatable Skulls
  • Dog Alebrije
  • Yellow & Blue Armadillo Alebrijes
  • Red & Yellow Armadillo Alebrijes
  • Red & Blue Armadillo Alebrijes
  • Ram Alebrije
  • Chicken Alebrije
  • Dragon Alebrije
  • Bipedal Alebrije

Click on the “Horizon Story” tab to find:

  • Yellow Día de Muertos Barrier
  • Purple Día de Muertos Barrier

And finally, the Mariachi Tank Piñata will be available to use under the “Gameplay” tab.

Suit up for the Season

Not only will the Horizon Festival change its appearance to celebrate Día de Muertos, but you can also follow suit with the new cosmetics we are giving away in this series.

A couple dancing and looking at each other wearing a purple suit and dress with orange details. They are both wearing skull masks

Starting October 26, you will receive the Día de Muertos Suit & Dress in your in-game Message Center: two different outfits with very traditional looks that will let your character wear the colors of the festivities and match the surroundings of the Horizon Festival.

And to celebrate the newest milestone for the Forza franchise, we will be giving away the Forza Motorsport Outfit when the new Forza Motorsport launches for everyone on October 10.

Driver wearing a racing white racing suit with pink details and white gloves. He is also wearing a colorful helmet

You will be able to redeem these three presents from your “Gifts” tab on the Message Center. Stay tuned and unlock them as soon as you receive the notification.

New Achievements

Día de Muertos brings 12 new achievements for you to obtain in this new update. Compete, collect, and complete different challenges to obtain them all. Here is the Iist of the new achievements coming with on Día de Muertos:

A list of achievements and how to complete each on

Unlock 12 new achievements coming to Forza Horizon 5 on October 10!

Title Description Gamerscore
Get My Good Side Take a photo of your character outside a car 10
Juuuuust Right Take a photo using any guidelines 3 times 10
Timeless Take a photo at every time setting 15
On the Road Again Complete the first chapter of the Donut Media HiLow Story 10
Hi Five Complete all chapters of the Donut Media Hi Story 20
Low Five Complete all chapters of the Donut Media Low Story 20
Give it the Beans! Earn 3 Stars on all chapters of both Hi and Low stories 30
Back To School Complete the first chapter in the Icons of Speed Story 20
A New Era Complete all chapters in the Icons of Speed Story 20
A True Icon Earn 3 Stars in all chapters of the Icons of Speed Story 30
Give Me Five! Apply and purchase an upgrade to 5 cars at the Horizon Test Track 20
Leaving Tracks Drive 50 miles (80.5km) at the Horizon Test Track 20
Maxing Out Maintain a speed of 200mph (321.8km/h) for 10 seconds at the Horizon Test Track 10

Tsuru Gets Thrashing

The 2010 Nissan Tsuru is coming to Forza Horizon 5 not only as an unlockable reward in the Festival Playlist, it is now also a new starter option for The Eliminator. Next time you enter this battle royale game mode, you will be able to start the competition behind the wheel of the Tsuru. Good luck becoming the last car standing!

A New Perspective for Drifting

The newest feature to improve your Horizon Festival experience is here: experience the brand-new Drift Camera feature available for the Chase View. Access this feature through “HUD and Gameplay” in the Settings Menu. You will be able to tweak and customize your experience by changing different settings.

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Adjusting the sensitivity of the camera will modify the ratio of car angle to camera angle. Reducing the Look Speed setting will smooth out the camera’s movement due to changes in direction. Finally, the Drift Camera Range changes how the camera moves when the car is at peak angle.

Super Speed Car Pack

A brand-new Car Pack is hitting Forza Horizon 5! These four super-powered cars are here to do what they do best: lift some dust.

Plan your ideal track day and race away with the vehicles available in the Super Speed Car Pack.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R

VW Golf stationed outside of some houses near a well at daytime

What you are looking at right now is not only an amazingly fun hatchback ready to deliver a supercar experience on a budget ride, but the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R also the most powerful Golf ever produced and its 2.0-liter engine with 315 hp are here to prove it.

As the race car that it is, the Golf R is built with an AWD system and a magnificent braking system that makes it swift and nimble entering and exiting the tightest of corners.

Make this car feel right at home by driving it along the twistiest, bendiest, craziest tracks you can find at the Horizon Festival.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The most exciting part of the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the “GT” in its name. This means this car was designed with the intention of performing as best as it could on the track and outside of it. And the Porsche engineers really delivered on that purpose.

The GT4 RS was fitted with the same engine that you can find on the 911 GT3 with the slight distinction that it is now fitted in the middle. So you will now be delighted by the delicious noise that comes out of its naturally aspirated, 4-liter flat six that produces a monstrous 493 bhp.

And to add up to the improvements made on this machine, the stiffer suspension and heavily improved aerodynamics will make this one of the strongest candidates for your favorite track toy.

2020 KTM X-Bow GT2

Lean, precise, and lethal on the tarmac, the 2020 KTM X-Bow is the ideal weapon of choice for drivers having a go on the track.

Its Audi 5-cylinder turbocharged engine puts you in charge of 600 bhp, combine those stats with its incredibly light weight and you get an explosively fast vehicle that will cut through raceways like butter.

The X-Bow is locked and loaded to pierce through the competition at the Horizon Festival on the Super Speed Car Pack.

2019 Elemental RP1

Bright red RP1 parked in front of a public park on a road

When you get behind the driver’s seat of a 2019 Elemental RP1 you are trading a windshield for massive amounts of speed. And we believe that is a good trade.

Every bit of this car, including the driving position, was thought of and designed to make the car lighter, more aerodynamic, and, of course, much faster than any other you could meet on the track. The RP1 is said to generate as much downforce as an F1 car.

And all of the weight goes into the most important part: the engine. This car produces a whopping 370bhp through its 2.3L Ford Ecoboost turbocharged engine. Paired up with its 1,000 kg total weight and this car can blast from 0 – 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds.

A unique ride that can finish a lap in the blink of an eye, the RP1 is a statement on racing and versatility.

Festival Playlist

More exciting cars are coming to Forza Horizon 5 as rewards for the Festival Playlist during Día de Muertos including two of Mexico’s most versatile stars, the 2010 Nissan Tsuru and the 1964 Volkswagen Sedan, as well as the completely Mexican lightweight speedster, the 2017 Vuhl 05RR.

Four cars in the jungle parked in front of an old plane during the day

Additional unique challenges are also coming, such as finding and collecting 10 of the newest collectibles, the Mariachi Gas Tank, hidden all over the Horizon Festival in the Autumn Week 2 season.

Take a closer look at the reward cars you will be able to unlock using your hard-earned PTS.

Four cars stacked vertically next to their availability dates

1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

Earn 80 PTS during the Día de Muertos Festival Playlist series. Available from October 12 until November 12.

A super model on wheels, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso is a slick, cool dream of a car every boy wants to see parked in its driveway. With a body designed by Pininfarina, it is not a surprise the 250 was owned by the likes of Eric Clapton and Steve McQueen.

With all the talk about its looks, you would almost forget it is a GT car as well. Even though it was not made for running, the Lusso sported a 3.0-liter V12 engine that could produce 240 bhp and it put them to work, earning the title of the fastest passenger car of the period.

This jet set icon spearheaded a new era of Ferrari production cars that were built for racing and traffic.

2010 Nissan Tsuru

A Nissan Tsuru standing underneath purple and pink neon lights
Earn 20 PTS during Week 1 “Summer” Season on the Día de Muertos Festival Playlist. Available from October 12 until October 19.

Few cars are loved on a foreign land so much as the 2010 Nissan Tsuru is on Mexico; you can find one at almost every red light you stop at.

They can be famously seen as taxis all over the country (specially in Mexico City) and as highly customized street racers, versatility is what makes this car great.

Whether you are looking forward to putting neon lights underneath it and fit it with a massive wing (a classic Mexican take on this car) or just want to unlock it for its undeniable charm, an icon like the Nissan Tsuru might be the perfect way to celebrate Día de Muertos on its new home, Mexico.

2023 Meyers Manx 2.0

A Meyers Manx sand boogie parked in front of a small oasis in the middle of the desert surounded  by palm trees
Earn 20 PTS during Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the Día de Muertos Festival Playlist. Available from October 19 until October 26.

Nothing screams “car nostalgia” more than a sand buggy running wild on its favorite terrain. And no one knew how to do that better than Meyers Manx. Lucky for us, they are back after more than 50 years with an all-new electric sand buggy that puts new EV tech on a retro body.

While this vehicle is designed to have some fun in the sand, it does not shy away from power. The Manx 2.0 is equipped with 202 bhp which will be able to produce 240 pound-feet of torque to enjoy on any sandy landscape.

This icon of the past is ready to get groovy at the Horizon Festival in the Autumn season.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

A Ford Bronco Raptor cruising through a dark jungle
Earn 20 PTS during Week 3 “Winter” Season on the Día de Muertos Festival Playlist. Available from October 26 until November 21.

The name may say “raptor”, but the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor resembles a T-rex better. Massive muscle built on top of even more muscle, this all-terrain vehicle has the soul of a muscle car and the body of a mountain.

Under the bonnet of this dino you’ll find a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that powers an indomitable special long travel suspension built to be put to the test any surface may bring or even jump in the air.

Hear the mighty roar of the Bronco Raptor with 20 PTS on the Festival Playlist.

1951 Porsche 356 SL

Silver retro Porsche labeled with the number 46 outside of a white house
Earn 20 PTS during Week 4 “Spring” Season on the Día de Muertos Festival Playlist. Available from November 2 until November 9.

Racing history in car form is the best way to describe the 1951 Porsche 356 SL. This vehicle has done it all. Run and win Lemans, do the Liege-Rome-Liege rally, and set an alarming number of records.

This car was fitted with different engines and could be set to different configurations according to the race it was about to run. Notably, three different chassis of this car were fitted with a 1.2-liter engine and the only one that remained won the 1,100-cc class on Le Mans.

One of the very first cars to run under the Porsche name, this coupe is a historical wonder worthy of any museum and even more so of your very own garage.

What's Next?

A green Ford Bronco Raptor parked on top of a rocky mountain

The Horizon Festival welcomes the biggest and most muscular cars from American Automotive history as well as 4 new Road Racing routes that will also be available in Rivals and Horizon Open. More details to come in November!