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Forza Horizon 5 update adds a new PvP progression system

Forza Horizon 5 update adds a new PvP progression system

Forza Horizon 5’s latest update adds a new progression system to its competitive multiplayer mode.

A blog post on the Forza website detailed a number of fixes and changes, including an overhaul of rewards in Horizon Open, the PvP portion of Horizon 5.

“Horizon Open has been updated with a new progression system featuring badges that can be unlocked through gameplay,” the post reads. Developer Playground Games has also “added Custom Races to Horizon Open, which will allow players to find races for their chosen racing discipline and IP class.”

General stability and performance improvements have also been made in the patch, along with updated Season Event map pins, new Gravity Action options in EventLab that allow players to manipulate gravity in their creations and a variety of car fixes.

The full patch notes can be viewed below:


  • Stability and performance improvements
  • Improved the save stream for Weekly Forzathon to reduce the chance of losing progress
  • Updated string for Car Voucher to be more specific about its function
  • Updated seasonal event map pins to match seasonal PR stunt pin
  • Fixed an issue where brake calipers were left behind from the car when changing music in Freeroam
  • Added HUD for cars with Race Mode type functionality to support new transmission swap mode on Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Added a low-resolution mesh under the world to improve visuals when pieces of the world fall from high altitudes, such as when using the new Gravity action in EventLab (X/S-series and PC only)

In line

  • Horizon Open has been updated with a new progression system including badges that can be unlocked through gameplay
  • Added Custom Racing to Horizon Open, which will allow players to find races for their chosen racing discipline and PI class
  • Fixed some scenarios where the player could wait longer than necessary in the post-race stream


  • Fixed an issue where distant trees could appear black or very dark on the Very Low preset
  • Fixed a crash that occurred in Livery Editor when Ray Tracing was enabled


  • Fixed dent in Jaguar XJS220s
  • Fixed incorrectly offset brake calipers on the 2014 VW Golf R
  • The roll bar was incorrectly added to the sport chassis brace instead of the race chassis brace on the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
  • Fixed an issue where one of the 2020 Lamborghini Hurácan Evo rear brake calipers could not be painted
  • Fixed an issue where the passenger side rear brake caliper could not be painted on the 2010 Lexus LFA
  • Fixed livery mapping issue with low LOD 2018 KTM X-Bow
  • Fixed silent compressors on some muscle cars, especially Dodge
  • Fixed 2012 Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante hood not matching selected color
  • Fixed broken mesh on Work Emotion 11R rims
  • Fixed Work Emotion M8R rims not looking right with certain paint options
  • Fixed the gear shift animation on the 1968 Renault 4L

Event Lab

  • Added gravity action to game rules that allows players to manipulate gravity in EventLab creations
  • Added option to preview sounds
  • When using manual gears, moved Blueprint Builder from the View button to the Route Options menu as it conflicted with Place Checkpoint
  • Fixed an issue where players could soft lock after an event and reload to Freeroam
  • Fixed an issue where playing your own EventLab creation after publishing could sometimes cause it to load without props


  • Fixed an issue with “The Completionist” Accolade not unlocking under the correct conditions
  • Corrected the description of the “Showpiece” brace

IGN names Forza Horizon 5 its Game of the Year in 2021, topping fellow nominees Deathloop, Halo Infinite, Hitman 3, and more.

In our 10/10 review, IGN said, “Forza Horizon 5 is the result of a racing studio at the top of its game and the best open-world racing game available.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who sometimes remembers tweeting @thelastdinsdale.