The first official expansion for Forza Horizon 5, Hot Wheels, looks to have been leaked by a Steam page update for the game, ahead of its expected announcement in the upcoming Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
Although only briefly available this morning, the game’s Steam page included a change to the description for the “Premium Add-Ons Bundle”. This pack includes VIP access, the Welcome Pack, the Car Pass, and two game expansions. Until now they had only been referred to as “Expansion 1” and “Expansion 2”.
The store update this morning changed that and, despite being rapidly reverted, clearly showed that “Expansion 1” would be Hot Wheels.
This will be the second time that Hot Wheels has been an expansion for a Forza Horizon title, with Forza Horizon 3 also getting a Hot Wheels add-on back in May 2017. That pack consisted of four cars from the toy manufacturer, six additional vehicles, and 70 miles of new roads — including lots of orange track.
Forza Horizon 4 also had a Hot Wheels DLC, but this involved six full-sized cars from the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. There’s three surviving Hot Wheels cars in Forza Horizon 5, with the Twin Mill and Boneshaker available through regular means, and a special monster truck based on the Boneshaker in a couple of the game’s special events.
Although the thumbnail on the Steam page is quite small, it reveals that the Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels expansion might be a mixture of both previous DLCs.
The screenshot appears to be a new landscape, with new terrain including what looks like a large natural monolith. Mexico is home to the world’s tallest natural monolith: Pena de Bernal, which sits 80 miles east of FH5’s host city of Guanajuato.
That famous Hot Wheels orange track snakes around the landscape, making it likely we’ll see an FH3-type expansion — and possibly more items for EventLab — and there’s two cars clearly visible in the image.
Most obvious of the two is the “Bad to the Blade” in the foreground, but its downturned nose is not characteristic of the toy. Instead it looks to be a full-size version of the car built in 2011, in a new wrap first shown in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels.
You’ll need to look a little closer to spot the dark blue “Deora II”. This is another full-size car, originally created as a fictional second-generation version of the first Deora toy car, which was based on the 1967 custom Dodge Deora.
That suggests that the cars won’t necessarily be Hot Wheels toys, but could be real-world models as in FH4’s Hot Wheels DLC — especially as both cars appear in the official Hot Wheels Garage.
We’re expecting announcements on the FH5 expansion pack soon, with three possible events on June 10, June 12, and June 14 that might suit it. Watch this space for more, including pricing and a launch date.