Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure Expansion Revealed, Launches March 29

Playground Games has revealed the second expansion for Forza Horizon 5, called “Rally Adventure”, and it’ll be available in just over a month on March 29.

Unsurprisingly, the expansion is focused on offroad driving and features a whole new map area called “Sierra Nueva”, along with a bunch of new cars, UI changes, and a new rally career.

The basic premise of the expansion is a complete rally experience, with the player transported to the new map area to compete in a series of rally races. You’ll join three teams, each managed by a different existing FH5 NPC and dealing with a different discipline.

In each case you’ll need to complete a series of races before facing the team leader in a showdown. Beat all three and you’ll be able to enter the “Goliath” finale, which is the first mixed-surface Goliath in the series’ history. That could be made more interesting by the fact that some of the terrain is deformable…

PG isn’t showing off the entire map just yet — although it’ll be previewable when the Series 18 update arrives next week — but it features a rolling desert, entirely smashable palm forest, a quarry, and some small towns that are seemingly based on real, but un-named locations.

It’s all based around a new Horizon Outpost called Horizon Badlands, which features a night-time illuminated drone show.

The expansion offers two ways to drive, called Horizon Race or Horizon Rally. Race is the same experience as the core game, while Rally brings along a few changes that include the removal of the driving line and pace note icons as you drive — called by one of the NPCs who rides in a helicopter above you.

Timing also makes an appearance in the expansion, with a new checkpoint system that measures the difference between your current time and the best times for that stage, at 20% course completion intervals.

To go with the rally theme, PG has introduced two new items that will be included in the base game too: anti-lag, and launch control.

Anti-lag will be available on any engine that has or can have turbocharging — quoted as 630 cars in the stream — with the system keeping the turbo spooled between shifts and spitting gouts of flame. Launch control comes along either allowing the player to hold the car on the handbrake in free-roam or automatically at the start of a race to wind the engine up for a better launch off the line.

The ten-car list is unsurprisingly rally focused too, dipping into numerous different disciplines of off-road racing:

  • Alumicraft #6165 Trick Truck 2022
  • Alumicraft #122 Class 1 Buggy 2021
  • Casey Currie Motorsports #4402 Ultra 4 ‘Trophy Jeep’ 2019
  • Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum 2022
  • Ford Focus RS #4 2001
  • Hoonigan Volkswagen Baja Beetle Class 5/1600 ‘Scumbug’ 1973
  • Jimco #179 Hammerhead Class 1 2020
  • Jimco #240 Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck 2019
  • Polaris RZR Pro XP Factory Racing Limited Edition 2021
  • RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR Pro 4 Truck 2021

You’ll be able to pick up the expansion if you have the Premium Edition of the game, or the Premium Add-Ons or Expansions bundles. No price has yet been announced for the standalone version, but we’re expecting it to match the $/€19.99 pricing of the Hot Wheels expansion.

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