If the long awaiting FORZA HORIZON 5 is anything like the Launch that X Box held on the 9 November 2021, then all gamers out there are in for a ride. – The Launch: FORZA HORIZON 5


FORZA HORIZON 5 is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s breakout hit, open-world driving game Forza Horizon 4.

Prima Interactive in partnership with Xbox invited 10 lucky gamers, media, and influencers to be part of the launch of Forza Horizon 5. From 2 November 2021, gamers were encouraged to share a picture of themselves playing any Forza Horizon game on the website. And one entry per person was entered into a lucky draw. And on Friday, the 5th of November at 14:00, the 10 lucky winners were announced as exclusive VIP guests to join the official launch in South Africa. – The Launch: FORZA HORIZON 5


Launch Day

All guests arrived at Prima Interactives offices in Johannesburg and were met by some sexy sleek Land Rover’s and you just knew you were in for something memorable. We were all whisked away to Land Rover Jaguar in Lonehill where we were welcomed with a light breakfast and briefing. From there the VIP guest was treated to a private driving experience for the afternoon.



Not only did we get a real-life taste of the Forza Horizon 5 experience with a bit of rugged Land Rover off-road driving. We also got our hearts racing with a little Jaguar racing. And if you are not jealous yet, the guest got to drive different courses and cars in the afternoon. The adrenalin and amazing driving instructors made sure for a fun; thrill-filled afternoon.

The new Forza Horizon 5 game takes its players on breath-taking expeditions across the vibrant and ever-evolving open landscapes of Mexico and with our hearts still pumping and our tummies empty we were not done yet. True VIPs were ushered away to La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria at Monte Casino by Land Rover. Where we indulged in a Mexican Fiesta.

During the afternoon each person that attended was at the wheel of a Jaguar at the Dynamic Steering Circle and lap times were taken. The two participants with the fastest times won themselves an Xbox Series S and a limited addition Forza Horizon controller.

And a fiesta it certainly was, with frozen cocktails and platters on platters of Mexican dishes brought to our tables. We were stuffed and ready for the ever-traditional Mexican afternoon snooze.

Thank you so much to Prima Interactive, Xbox South Africa, and Land Rover Jaguar Experience in Lonehill for an unforgettable launch. It’s now time to get playing.




Forza Horizon 5 is a 2021 racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Xbox Game Studios. It is the fifth Forza Horizon title and the twelfth main installment in the Forza series. The game is set in fictionalized Mexico. And was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

The game has the largest map in the entire Forza Horizon series. The map was described by creative director Mike Brown as “One of the most diverse Forza Horizon maps the team has built”. It contains amongst other an active caldera volcano, ancient Mayan temples, towns, beaches, and jungles. Players can explore the open world freely or compete in multiplayer races and complete the campaign mode. The cars featured in the game, as well as the player character, can be customized

The Forza Horizon 5 introduces a new weather system and because Mexico is such a vast nation with a wide range of elevations, multiple climates would appear during the game at the same time. Like in the dry season, dust storms will appear, while tropical storms occur during the fall storm season

This game also introduces many new features like a brand-new Horizon Arcade, an EventLab”, which is a toolset in which players can create custom games, races, and more. There this also a “Forza Link” helping players to link with other players online and play together. It can also link players’ GPS systems if they accept the invitation from another player

And if that doesn’t get your fingers itching the game features over 500 licensed vehicles.


Drive in Style

To make sure you have the ultimate Horizon adventure grab the Xbox Wireless Controller – Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition. It features racing-inspired custom grips and a first-ever transparent yellow finish. This Limited-Edition controller will allow you to take control over all terrain with a textured trigger grip and custom bottom. The side dimple grip patterns are inspired by perforated style performance car steering wheels. The Forza Horizon 5 controller also includes exclusive content like a Forza Edition car. So, what are you waiting for grab your controller today?

Forza Horizon 5 is now available with Xbox Game Pass.

The next level of gaming awaits. It all begins when you “Push to Start”.

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Kim Grobbelaar

Tech Editor

Kim Grobbelaar is a qualified sound engineer who always finds herself around audio and technology. She works as a Product Manager at First Distribution. Kim gets excited about all things tech and is crazy about useful and sometimes not-so-useful "gadgets". She has a strong passion for empowering women for change in our country and runs her own online store. Kim is not a person that can sit still for long, in her spare time she is busy studying financial accounting.

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