As part of its latest Forza Horizon 5 ¡LET’S GO! Livestream, developer Playground Games offered us an in-depth look at the spectacular lighting and sky technology that’ll enable Mexico to be its most realistic, vibrant, and truly dazzling open-world to-date.
Featured on the stream was Forza Horizon 5 Lead Lighting Designer Lukas Koelz, Senior Lighting Artist Adan Currey as well as Art Director Don Arceta. They discussed how their robust sky-rigging technology incorporates into the game’s time-of-day details, weather effects, dynamic seasons and extreme storms. One interesting tidbit shared was how Forza Horizon 4 features 300 unique weather scenarios, while Forza Horizon 5 bumps this up to a surreal 2000.
This technical conversation was followed by a community questionnaire. It revealed that bighorn sheep will be found across Mexico, along with rare Barn Finds which are now more authentic to the location than ever before. Playground Games also teased that it has improved car sounds in Forza Horizon 5 and will be discussing these in more detail on the next stream in a few weeks.
Recently, we were sent the following statement: “We have invested significantly in car sounds in Forza Horizon 5, and we're excited to share more info about this in the future; stay tuned!” The improve engine audio is one of ten unique facts we recently shared about Forza Horizon 5 that you might have missed – so be sure to check out the rest.