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The First 8 Minutes Of Forza Horizon 5 Gameplay Is A Pleasingly OTT Thrill Ride

Turn 10 has released a video showing the "Initial Drive" users will experience when firing the game up for the first time

Remind me later

We only have a little over two months to go before the release of Forza Horizon 5. But if that still feels like an agonising wait, here’s a tantalising preview that might just tide you over. Or get you so hyped that 9 November feels even further away.

Anyway, Microsoft/Turn 10 has released a new video showing the first eight minutes of gameplay. Once the (no doubt lengthy) installation process, users will be quite literally plunged into an “Initial Drive”. Out the back of a C-130 Hercules, Furious 7-style. Crikey.

A parachute will open, allowing the Ford Bronco that’s been lobbed out the back of the transport plane to glide down to the side of an active volcano.

The First 8 Minutes Of Forza Horizon 5 Gameplay Is A Pleasingly OTT Thrill Ride - Gaming

No punches are being pulled with this opening sequence, which only briefly focuses on an airtime-happy thrash in the Bronco. Before long, we’re back in another Horizon-branded Hercules, this time parachuting onto some twisty roads with a wide-bodied C8 Chevrolet Corvette.

Next up is an airdrop into a dense tropical forest with the Porsche 911 Desert Flyer, followed by our fourth and final aerial delivery featuring a Mercedes-AMG One. Oh, and you’re tasked with racing the C-130 that’s just dropped you off.

It’s the kind of pleasantly ridiculous fare we’re used to from a Horizon game, and it gives a great overview of the Mexico setting. The map, which looks to feature a much bigger range of elevation than other instalments in the series, features a downsized reproduction of Guanajuato City. Developers even filmed real Mexican skies in 12k for use in the game.

It’s certainly a pretty-looking environment, and there should be no shortage of cars with which to explore the place. To go with the gameplay footage, Turn 10 also released a video showing off Horizon 5’s two cover star cars, the AMG One and the Bronco. A full car list should hopefully be with us soon (either officially or, as is often the case, via a leak), but we have already seen a fair few in videos and images released for the game.

These include a Koenigsegg Jesko, the McLaren Senna and Speedtail, the new Land Rover Defender, a Mitsubishi Evo X, and the Subaru Impreza 22B. There should be something for everyone, in other words.

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Horizon 5 will come out on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Windows 10 from 9 November, with Premium Edition buyers getting ‘Early Access’ starting on the 5th.