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The "really next-generation" world of Forza Horizon 5 will once again have rotating seasons, but don't expect Mexico's sunny beaches to be buried in the snow when winter comes.
Talking to IGN, creative director Mike Brown confirmed that the seasons (in the natural sense of the term, not the video game) would return to FH5. Introduced to FH4, it was seen how the whole map changed to a new season each week, changing depending on whether it was spring, summer, fall or winter.
Back in FH4, however, the weather was universal: if it snowed on a part of the map, it snowed everywhere. And while it makes sense for the UK to drown in the rain at the same time, the geography of Mexico is very diverse. A one-size-fits-all solution would make no sense.
“Mexico has, I would say, a more interesting seasonality compared to the UK,” Brown explained. "I think the United Kingdom, certainly for those who live in a temperate climate, has pronounced spring, summer, autumn, winter. Mexico, being a country with changing seasons. 39; immense elevation and obviously a fairly large country, has seasonally different regions, which we have tried to recreate as accurately as possible. "
"There are still four seasons (you will still see the seasonality change), but it affects different biomes in different ways. You have dust storms in the dry season, you have tropical storms in the storm season, which is the So there are these big, massive weather events that can happen depending on the season you're in. "
While eager to talk about time, Brown also talked about how FH5 wants to expand the activities of the open game world to "really reward exploration." But it’s very strict about what you’re really going to drive this time. However, with the FH4 diving deep into the history of the British car, you can expect an in-depth look at the history of the engine in Mexico.
"Mexico has a very, very interesting car culture (…), a culture that maybe the rest of the world is not fully aware of, but once you start delving into it, there is a great history. .stories behind everything. We enjoyed knowing it and I think the players will too. "