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Here's everything announced during Minecraft Live 2021

Minecraft Live 2021 sets the tone for Mojang Studios and Minecraft in 2022 and beyond.

Mojang Studios is a huge developer behind one of the greatest games of all time, Minecraft, which means a neverending stream of news and updates throughout time. Today, Mojang hosted Minecraft Live 2021, a stream that condenses some of the biggest Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons announcements into one entertaining livestream. With the tail-end of the event disappearing in the rearview mirror, we compiled all the biggest reveals and updates from Minecraft Live 2021 right here.

Minecraft Live 2021 included breakdowns of the next major update for Minecraft, the reveal of next year's Minecraft release, the results of the annual Mob Vote, what's next for Minecraft Dungeons, and more. Here's everything that was announced during Minecraft Live 2021.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

What is Minecraft Live 2021?

Minecraft Live 2021 is the second annual livestream hosted by Mojang Studios, which delivers the year's most important Minecraft-related updates remotely in place of Minecon. Minecraft Live 2020 was where we first learned of the Caves and Cliffs Update, the Howling Peaks DLC for Minecraft Dungeons, and much more.

Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all time, and as such boasts a huge community of dedicated fans that are always looking to what's next for their favorite game. Minecraft Live is where Mojang can drop a ton of information on everything players can expect over the next year and beyond, and Minecraft Live 2021 was absolutely no different. From an update on an imminent release for Minecraft to the future of Minecraft Dungeons, Minecraft Live 2021 was packed from end to end with delicious details and information.

Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons both deserve a place on the list of best Xbox games and best PC games, so Minecraft Live understandably garners a ton of attention from all over the world. Minecraft Live 2021 gave us an appreciation for the community, inspiration for the next era of Minecraft toys and gifts, new ways to access our favorite games, and much more.

If you couldn't catch Minecraft Live 2021 while it was, you know, live, then you can catch up right above. Otherwise, we have all of the important announcements and reveals below, so you don't miss anything.

What is every announcement from Minecraft Live 2021?

While Minecraft Live 2021 was generally busy from start to finish, moments and sections of the event definitely deserve more attention than the others. Here is every announcement from Minecraft Live 2021, with all the details you need to know.

Minecraft 'The Wild Update'

Arguably the biggest single announcement during Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios has revealed its plans for the Minecraft update following the ambitious Caves and Cliffs Update. The Wild Update is official, and it intends to embrace Minecraft's Overworld with plenty of new features and significant improvements to existing mechanics when it releases sometime in 2022.

The Wild Update is understandably a more minor release than its predecessor, but Mojang still has big plans for what's to come in this release. Including the arrival of the Deep Dark (which was delayed from the Caves and Cliffs Update and expanded upon), frogs, mangrove swamps with a new kind of tree, a focus on parity and feature quality, and more, The Wild Update is shaping up to be an exciting addition to Minecraft.

Details are a little scarce on The Wild Update right now, and that will likely be the case until after 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is officially released. Still, we've compiled everything we know about The Wild Update for Minecraft, and we'll continue to update it as we learn more about what's to come.

Minecraft Dungeons 'The Cloudy Climb'

Minecraft Dungeons also got plenty of love during Minecraft Live 2021. After the conclusion of Minecraft Dungeons' first story arc with the release of the Echoing Void DLC, Mojang teased that something big was still coming to Minecraft Dungeons in the future. Now, we know the next project for Minecraft Dungeons is The Cloudy Climb update, which includes a ton of new features and gameplay for players (and outlines a plan for the future).

In a nutshell, The Cloudy Climb includes two major new features: Seasonal Adventures and The Tower. Seasonal Adventures feature battle pass-like tiers filled with all kinds of rewards for players, including cosmetic goodies and in-game currency, with a paid premium option for additional cosmetic rewards. The Tower, on the other hand, is a challenging multi-level obstacle for players to overcome with generic characters, for a chance at rare and powerful rewards for their main Minecraft Dungeons character. Both of these features aim to offer renewable and rewarding gameplay over time.

The Cloudy Climb update is heading to Minecraft Dungeons with the first Seasonal Adventure during the Holidays in 2021, and there are likely more Seasonal Adventures planned for the future. If you want to learn more, we've compiled everything we know about The Cloudy Climb update for Minecraft Dungeons, which we'll update as we learn more.

Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

The Minecraft community had the opportunity to participate in today's event during the annual Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, which saw three different brand-new mobs on the roster. Whichever mob won the Mob Vote would be added to Minecraft in a future update, and every mob featured possessed unique attributes and behaviors.

This year, the choices were between the glare, which warns when it's dark enough for hostile mobs to spawn; the allay, which will collect dropped items similar to anything you give it and return them to you; and the copper golem, a crafted mob that loves pushing copper buttons in its area.

In the first round of the Mob Vote, the glare was unfortunately disqualified with only 11.2% of the votes versus 37.8% for the copper golem and 51% for the allay. In the second (and final) round between the copper golem and allay, the allay won with 54.3% of the votes, while the copper golem lost with 45.7%. This means that allay will be added to Minecraft in a future update, while the two losing entries are relegated to the secret Mojang Studios mob vault.

Minecraft PC Bundle & Xbox Game Pass

During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios revealed what's next for Minecraft specifically on PC. Right now, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition are fighting for PC dominance, while also catering to two entirely different audiences. With the new Minecraft PC Bundle announced during Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang is bringing the two versions together in one package. The Minecraft PC Bundle brings both titles to Xbox Game Pass for PC for the very first time, with players being able to use their Microsoft Account to access the games through the Minecraft Launcher, as part of their subscription.

Players have been waiting for Minecraft to come to Xbox Game Pass for PC for a long time now, and now those prayers are being answered. The Minecraft PC Bundle will be available through Xbox Game Pass starting on Nov. 2, 2021. Later in 2022, Mojang intends to release the bundle as a standalone purchase for players, with owners of one of the editions eligible to get the other for free.

Minecraft 'Caves and Cliffs Update'

The Caves and Cliffs Update is arguably the most ambitious update Mojang Studios has ever attempted for Minecraft, with a list of features so long it defies reason. This ultimately meant the update was split into two parts and partially delayed, with the larger second half still in development. During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang shared its appreciation with the Minecraft community for helping it make the Caves and Cliffs Update better than it ever could have been otherwise with a lovely video.

We also learned that 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is still absolutely slated for release later this year, and will include some new features that Minecraft players who test early builds may already be familiar with. When the update drops later this year, players will be able to take advantage of world blending to seamlessly mix their existing worlds with the brand-new world generation features. Additionally, brand-new cave biomes and structures can still appear within loaded chunks in the world, underneath player builds and explored areas.

The Caves and Cliffs Update will also introduce seed parity for the very first time between Bedrock and Java Editions of Minecraft. This means that world seeds (basically a unique code that every single world possesses) will generate nearly identical worlds no matter where you play Minecraft, with only very minute differences. This is a huge deal, and speaks a lot to the improvements to parity Mojang has made. If you need more info, we've broken down exactly what the Minecraft PC Bundle is.

Minecraft numbers update

Minecraft being one of the most successful games of all time means it boasts some impressive statistics and numbers. During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios provided an update of where Minecraft currently stands, and the momentum it built up (especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic) appears to be continuously growing. As of Aug. 2021, Minecraft had over 141 million monthly active users, which is frankly ridiculous when compared to Minecraft's rivals at the top of the best-selling games list.

The Minecraft Marketplace has also generated over $350 million in revenue for creators so far, driven by how over 67% of Minecraft players use the Marketplace to customize their experience. Minecraft multiplayer also continues to be popular, with over 1 billion hours spent playing online. Finally, Minecraft was the most-watched topic on YouTube in 2020, with over 201 billion accumulated views under its belt. The only number that seemingly wasn't updated during Minecraft Live 2021 was the number of copies solid, which still holds steady at 238 million.

Other announcements

Alongside all the major news during Minecraft Live 2021, Secretlab had an announcement of its own. The popular premium gaming chair company collaborated with Mojang Studios on a Minecraft-themed special edition chair, which is launching now. The chair is built on the latest Secretlab platform, known as TITAN Evo 2022, and is inspired by the Minecraft Creeper. Using Secretlab's signature SoftWeave Plus fabric, the TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition certainly looks the part, and will likely deliver plenty of quality as well.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

Ultimate collection

Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition

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Everything Dungeons and more.

Minecraft Dungeons has released a ridiculous amount of content since its launch, and now players can gain access to it all in one fell swoop with Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition, a value-driven bundle that includes the base game, all six DLC expansions released so far, and the Hero Pass DLC. If you already own Minecraft Dungeons, you can also get the Ultimate Edition add-on for all the DLC.

Minecraft officially crosses over 141 million monthly active users

No update on sales, but Minecraft certainly continues to grow over time.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all time, and boasts some absolutely ridiculous numbers and statistics.
  • During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios has updated some of the key statistics for Minecraft up until now and through the last two years.
  • While we don't have a new number for number of copies sold, Minecraft saw over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021.
  • Minecraft was also the most-watched topic on YouTube in 2020, with over 201 billion accumulated views.

With Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios is revealing all the biggest updates and announcements the Minecraft community needs to know about the growing Minecraft universe. Beyond reveals as to what's coming next for Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, though, Mojang also updated some of the statistics we have on the momentum that Minecraft continues to grow over time.

In April, 2021, we reported that Minecraft had nearly 140 million monthly active users. It seems that momentum has impossibly managed to sustain and even grow since then, with Minecraft boasting over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021. That means the number of people that actively played Minecraft just in Aug. approached and even surpassed the number of copies sold by some of the best-selling video games of all time. This shows that an incredible number of people are still investing plenty of time in Minecraft in 2021.

That's not all we learned, however. Below are some of the key statistics on Minecraft, all of which are up to date as of Aug. 2021. Unfortunately, Mojang did not provide an updated number for how many copies of Minecraft have been sold so far, meaning that number is still officially 238 million.

  • There were over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021
  • Over $350 million in revenue has been generated by creators in the Minecraft Marketplace so far
  • Over 67% of players actively customize their Minecraft experience using the Marketplace
  • Over 1 billion hours have been logged in Minecraft multiplayer
  • Over 201 billion hours of Minecraft YouTube videos were watched in 2020, making it the most-watched topic on YouTube that year

With such staggering numbers, it's clear Minecraft is holding on tight to its title as the greatest game ever made. None of these numbers seem to apply to Minecraft Dungeons, but we reported that Minecraft Dungeons crossed 10 million players in Feb. 2021, an impressive milestone for a relatively young game. Because of this, both Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons have secured their spots as some of the best Xbox games.

We're covering everything announced at Minecraft Live 2021. The event covers a lot more than these Minecraft-related numbers, including the results of the annual Mob Vote, and we're keeping track of it all to keep you up to date.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Here's everything we know about 'The Wild Update' for Minecraft

Minecraft is about to get a lot more wild with its next major update, releasing in 2022.

Minecraft is a game that constantly improves over time, with Mojang Studios usually releasing at least one major update per year. For 2022, we now know The Wild Update is what's next for Minecraft after the release of the massive Caves and Cliffs Update. The Wild Update adds some awesome new features, improves existing mechanics, and highlights Mojang's commitment to making Minecraft a better game with every single release.

Here's everything we know about The Wild Update for Minecraft, including its release date, features, and much more.

Getting wild

Minecraft

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Frogs and darkness.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. The next update for Minecraft has been revealed as 'The Wild Update,' and it's coming in 2022 with new areas, mobs, and the spooky Deep Dark.

What is The Wild Update for Minecraft?

The Wild Update is Minecraft's 2022 titular release, and will bring new levels of polish and quality to the game after the fundamental shifts and changes introduced in the gargantuan Caves and Cliffs Update. The Wild Update will be smaller than its predecessor, but will also have a finer focus on parity between Bedrock and Java Editions of Minecraft, achieving a greater level of quality for new and existing features, and making Minecraft's Overworld a more exciting and diverse place with which to explore and interact.

Announced during Minecraft Live 2021, The Wild Update will follow 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, still slated for release later in 2021, with a fresh batch of additions and features for all platforms Minecraft is available. It will also likely introduce the winner of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, alongside all the other changes and brand-new features.

On the surface, The Wild Update may not be as immediately exciting as the Caves and Cliffs Update's major shifts to world generation and mining (a key pillar of Minecraft's gameplay loop), but it'll still contain plenty to get players excited. The Wild Update will, hopefully, do nothing but contribute to why Minecraft is the greatest game ever made. As we learn more about The Wild Update and everything it entails, we'll continuously update this space with all the information we have.

When is the release date of The Wild Update for Minecraft?

With the second half of the Caves and Cliffs Update not even officially released to players yet, the question of when The Wild Update can be expected is met with an understandably vague answer. Mojang Studios has elected not to share any release dates or even a target window, which aligns with how the developer usually works (Minecraft updates usually are tested with the community for months before a general release). At least for now, the release date for The Wild Update is simply "2022," with nothing more specific than that.

1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is expected later in 2021, and then we'll likely begin to learn more about The Wild Update and what's to come. Right now, The Wild Update looks to be one release instead of the two-part drop that the Caves and Cliffs Update was, but plans could change later on (the Caves and Cliffs Update was also meant to be one part).

Like with every Minecraft release, The Wild Update is heading to Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition, which is available on practically every gaming platform imaginable. The Wild Update should also be closer in parity across Minecraft versions than previous updates.

We'll continue to update this section as we learn more about when The Wild Update is coming to Minecraft players everywhere, including when Mojang begins early testing of features and changes through its beta and snapshot programs.

What are the features and gameplay of The Wild Update for Minecraft?

The Wild Update may not be quite as grand in scale as the highly ambitious Caves and Cliffs Update that predates it, but it still contains a plethora of brand-new features and improvements to Minecraft. As Mojang Studios divulges more details on what's included in The Wild Update, we'll update the below sections with everything we learn. With new biomes, mobs, blocks and items, and several other changes, The Wild Update is another exciting addition to everything that makes Minecraft great.

Biomes

Minecraft has many biomes to speak of, each with its own unique attributes and reasons for players to visit. With The Wild Update, Mojang is planning to add at least two brand-new biomes to the mix, which aim to diversify the Minecraft Overworld and make it more interesting to explore, even when you're underground. Here's what you need to know about the new biomes in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Mangrove swamps. The first new biome being introduced in The Wild Update are mangrove swamps, which tweak the classic and beloved swamp with a brand-new kind of tree. You guessed it, Mojang is adding mangrove trees to Minecraft. These trees feature a unique design with massive roots, but that's not all that makes the mangrove swamps interesting. Some of the features include:
    • The aforementioned mangrove trees, which are made of an all-new variant of wood that players can use for crafting or building
    • Mud blocks, which can also be used for crafting or building, like for creating the awesome-looking mud bricks
    • Frogs, which are a passive mob with unique behaviors and attributes, including a separate form when they're babies (tadpoles!)
    • Fireflies, which are the favorite food of frogs
  • The Deep Dark. There's also The Deep Dark, a biome that many Minecraft players may already be familiar with. That's because this biome was originally intended to drop with the Caves and Cliffs Update, but has been postponed so that Mojang can expand and improve upon it with new features. Some of these features include:
    • Being an underground biome, buried deep under mountains of deepslate
    • Ancient ruins of cities and long-lost civilizations, which may be filled with treasure and secrets
    • The enigmatic sculk blocks, which are able to detect sound through vibrations in the air, and give off redstone signals
    • The Warden, an incredibly dangerous mob that tracks down players by detecting sound, and guards the secrets of The Deep Dark

Mobs

With the addition of new biomes, of course comes the arrival of new mobs. Mojang is expanding the Minecraft ecosystems with a variety of new mobs, all of which add something new to the game. You may have already spotted them up above, but here are even more details on every mob being added in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Frogs. For some reason, frogs may end up being one of the most exciting mob additions to Minecraft in a long time. These adorable hoppy peeps aren't just here for show — they're also first to do a few things in Minecraft. Some of the highlights of frogs include:
    • Being the first cold-blooded mob in Minecraft, which means that their appearance as fully grown adults changes depending on where they grow up! Tadpoles can grow into one of three different variants, with each one corresponding to a different temperature
    • Having a different form as a child. That's right, frogs are the first mob in Minecraft that aren't just miniature versions of themselves as babies. Tadpoles are coming to Minecraft, and they'll be the ones growing into these cute frogs
    • Loving to jump and hop on dripleaf and lilypads. Frogs are known for their hopping, and that certainly isn't changing here. Frogs in Minecraft will hang out on dripleaf and lilypads, and they'll be sure to get in plenty of leaps while doing so
    • Feeding on fireflies. Another new mob being added in Minecraft with The Wild Update, frogs will actively seek out and feast on any nearby fireflies
  • Fireflies. As mentioned above, fireflies are also being added to Minecraft in The Wild Update. We don't know much about these bugs at the moment, other than they'll be the favorite food of frogs everywhere.
  • The Warden. This terrifying mob is almost boss-like, and will prowl The Deep Dark biome in search of trespassing players. The Warden doesn't have any vision, which means it relies on sounds and vibrations to make its way around. If you want to avoid a fight with The Warden (recommended unless you're seriously powered up), you'll need to sneak around The Deep Dark to survive.
  • Sculk shriekers. This abnormal mob tends to live near sculk sensors and blocks, and makes a ton of noise whenever a nearby sculk sensor detects movement or vibrations. This terrifying shriek can attract The Warden, so watch out! Also, sculk shriekers cause the surrounding area to darken considerably for a few moments when it screams.

Blocks & items

Minecraft is a game all about blocks. The entire world is made of blocks, after all. Minecraft is also all about crafting, and these two facets often go hand-in-hand. With The Wild Update, Mojang is introducing a variety of new blocks and items for players to use. Here's what you need to know about the blocks and items coming in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Mangrove wood. A new kind of wood, mangrove wood can be found in mangrove trees, which are in turn found in mangrove swamps. Nothing surprising there.
  • Mud blocks. The latest building block to join Minecraft is the mud block, which features a unique look and a variety of use cases, including being crafted into mud bricks.
  • Sculk blocks. One of the most interesting additions to Minecraft in ages, sculk blocks are a peculiar form of block found only in The Deep Dark biome. These blocks can detect sound and vibrations in the air, and give off a redstone signal corresponding to the strength of the vibrations. Players are sure to find some amazing uses for this unique redstone-related block.
  • Boats with chests. This is probably one of the most requested features from the Minecraft community. While minecarts with chests have been in the game for a while, players have been looking for a way to transport goods over water for a while. With The Wild Update, players will be able to craft boats with chests to accomplish exactly that. Yes, you can use the new mangrove wood, too.

Other changes

Beyond the big three categories, there are other changes and tweaks Mojang Studios might be planning on incorporating with The Wild Update for Minecraft. We'll keep track of any features that slip between the cracks here, as well as the overarching focuses of The Wild Update.

  • A renewed focus on parity. Parity between Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition has been steadily improving for years, and has reached new milestones with the Caves and Cliffs Update. However, with The Wild Update, Mojang intends to continue focusing on bringing these two wildly different versions of the same game closer together. It remains to be seen what exactly this will look like, but any improvement to Minecraft parity is welcomed.
  • A focus on feature quality. The Wild Update is understandably smaller in size than the Caves and Cliffs Update, but this also means that Mojang Studios can focus wholeheartedly on not only ensuring The Wild Update features are polished and complete, but that existing mechanics and systems are improved and provide the experience Mojang originally intended them to. It's not clear exactly what improvements we can expect from The Wild Update yet, but it's always good to hear these intentions.
  • A change to how sound works. You may have already guessed from the addition of sculk blocks and The Warden, but Mojang intends to drastically alter how sound works in Minecraft (a lot of this has already been in testing). Different actions and sounds will cause various levels of vibration, which can be detected by The Warden and sculk blocks. This includes walking and running, eating, using tools and weapons, placing blocks, mob and villager noises, and more.

The Wild Update is the next Minecraft release, and will undoubtedly help secure Minecraft's position as one of the best Xbox games you can play. It will also likely inspire a new wave of Minecraft toys and gifts, especially The Warden.

Getting wild

Minecraft

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Frogs and darkness.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. The next update for Minecraft has been revealed as 'The Wild Update,' and it's coming in 2022 with new areas, mobs, and the spooky Deep Dark.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

The next major Minecraft release is 'The Wild Update', coming in 2022

'The Wild Update' is a smaller update with plenty of great new features about which to be excited.

What you need to know

  • Before we've even seen the official release of 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two, Mojang Studios has revealed what's next.
  • 'The Wild Update' is the next major release for Minecraft, and was revealed during Minecraft Live 2021.
  • The release will be smaller than the Caves and Cliffs Update, focusing on improving existing features and adding a few meaningful new ones.
  • The Deep Dark biome, a new swamp biome and kind of tree, frogs, and much more are arriving with 'The Wild Update' in 2022.

The height of Minecraft Live 2021 has to be the announcement of The Wild Update, which is officially the next major release for Minecraft across all devices. Following the absolutely colossal (and still not fully released) Caves and Cliffs Update, The Wild Update will understandably be on a smaller scale than its predecessor. Still, Mojang Studios is still delivering a handful of awesome new features and improvements when The Wild Update officially arrives sometime in 2022.

The focus of The Wild Update is embracing Minecraft's Overworld, as well as placing emphasis on improving existing features and how players interact with Minecraft's wilderness. It will also bring players the Deep Dark, which has officially been delayed out of the Caves and Cliffs Update to receive additional changes and improvements. There's certainly plenty to be excited about with The Wild Update.

The Wild Update is the latest in a long line of releases for Minecraft, which stands firmly as one of the greatest games ever made, and certainly one of the best Xbox games. It'll be interesting to see how The Wild Update resonates with the Minecraft community, and how it (and the Deep Dark) inspires new Minecraft toys and gifts.

Some of the features in Minecraft's The Wild Update include:

  • Aims to make exploring and interacting with the Overworld more immersive. We don't have all the details on how The Wild Update intends to accomplish this goal, right now, but Mojang Studios apparently intends to focus on the quality of existing features while also introducing brand-new mechanics.
  • New mangrove swamp biome. One of the new biomes being introduced in The Wild Update is a different variety of swamp, which features the mangrove tree.
    • Mangrove trees have huge roots, and drop a new kind of wood when harvested
    • You can also find mud blocks in mangrove swamps, which can be crafted into mud bricks and other fun building blocks
  • Frogs and tadpoles. The Wild Update will add a new mob that many players will probably be ecstatic about: frogs. The first mob that actually has a different form when it's a baby (tadpoles), the frog will be a friendly addition to Minecraft's busy ecosystems. Frogs also love to eat fireflies, another new addition to Minecraft in The Wild Update.
  • The Deep Dark. Finally, the Deep Dark, which was originally intended to arrive with the Caves and Cliffs Update, is now coming with The Wild Update (complete with several improvements and additions).
    • The Deep Dark will be a dark and dangerous place, filled with the ruins of ancient civilizations and cities
    • Here, players will be able to find plenty of treasure and loot, and the unique sound-detecting sculk block
    • The Deep Dark is defended by the Warden, though, a deadly mini-boss mob that hunts players down by detecting vibrations through sound
  • A focus on parity. It's worth noting, as well, that Mojang Studios has a renewed focus on parity between different editions of Minecraft. While it's an ongoing battle (the Caves and Cliffs Update sees major improvements to parity), Mojang will continue to work on parity between Bedrock and Java Editions with The Wild Update.

There's probably plenty more we don't know about in The Wild Update for Minecraft, but we'll have to wait longer to see it. It's likely Mojang Studios won't begin testing early builds of The Wild Update or sharing new features until well after the release of 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, especially since the release window for The Wild Update is simply "2022." Still, this looks to be a great follow-up to Minecraft's most ambitious update yet, and should, hopefully, bring lots of improvements and alterations with it.

Getting wild

Minecraft

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Frogs and darkness.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. The next update for Minecraft has been revealed as 'The Wild Update,' and it's coming in 2022 with new areas, mobs, and the spooky Deep Dark.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Here's how to watch this year's Minecraft Live, and what to expect

Minecraft Live is returning for another year, with something for every Minecraft fan.

Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world (some might even say Minecraft is the greatest game ever made, and every major announcement from the franchise ripples across the gaming community and its millions of Minecraft players. With the onset of the ongoing pandemic, Mojang Studios made an effort to shift its in-person Minecon event to the online-only Minecraft Live in 2020, which is returning for another year with all-new interviews, reveals, community events, and more. Minecraft Live 2021 is happening, and we've brought together everything you need to know about when the event starts, how you can watch, and what you can expect.

Minecraft Live 2021 is officially kicking off later today. We've outlined everything you need to tune in when Minecraft Live 2021 begins, including what to expect from the show. Minecraft Live 2021 will also feature a brand-new Mob Vote, which we have more information on below.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection)

Available everywhere you play

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

What is Minecraft Live 2021?

The debut Minecraft Live event was Minecraft Live 2020, which was where we learned about the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, the future of expansions for Minecraft Dungeons, like with the recently released Echoing Void DLC for Minecraft Dungeons, and more.

Minecraft Life is the one-stop shop for all the latest Minecraft-related news and announcements, and it rolls around once a year, courtesy of Mojang Studios. Because Minecraft Life is an online stream, absolutely anyone can tune in and participate in Minecraft Live events like the annual mob vote, where the Minecraft community can vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft in a future update.

Minecraft Live 2021 was officially announced by Mojang, and airs on Oct. 16, 2021. With Minecraft continuing to grow bigger and bigger, we're expecting some huge surprises and reveals during this year's Minecraft Live, so fans should definitely be looking forward to what'll be shown off during the event.

Mojang's products, like Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, are available practically everywhere, including Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and even Xbox Cloud Gaming, so practically everyone has a reason to tune into Minecraft Live 2021.

The future of some of the best Xbox games will be shared at Minecraft Live 2021, as well as possible inspiration for the next wave of best Minecraft toys and gifts.

How do I watch Minecraft Live 2021?

Minecraft Live 2021 is an online-only event, meaning you only need an internet-connected device to tune in and witness the event unfold. Minecraft Live 2021 officially begins on Oct. 16, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. CEST. You can check out the image above for even more specific time zones.

The Minecraft Live 2021 pre-show will begin at 8:25 a.m. PDT / 11: 25 a.m. EDT / 5:25 p.m. CEST, or 35 minutes before the main show begins.

You can tune into Minecraft Live 2021 from the following locations:

What can I expect from Minecraft Live 2021?

Minecraft may be one game (two if you count Minecraft Dungeons), but the extended Minecraft brand is large enough to fill the entire year with news and updates. Minecraft Live is where Mojang Studios can collate the largest and most significant announcements into one place and deliver them to the Minecraft community, so you can expect the event to be full of news. It's hard to know exactly what to expect, but we do have a few ideas.

  • A new mob vote. Mob votes are commonplace at Mojang events, where the studio tasks the Minecraft community with voting for one of the next mobs to be added to the game. Last year's mob vote ended with the glow squid as the victor, and another mob vote is coming in Minecraft Live 2021. We're already learning about the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, and we'll continue to update that post as more details emerge (and the vote takes place!).
  • Interviews and commentary. Minecraft Live 2021 will feature a variety of interviews and commentary from Mojang Studios team members, community members, and even (apparently) a few surprise appearances.
  • The next Minecraft update. Minecraft is always moving forward, so there's inevitably another update planning to follow after the Caves and Cliffs Update enjoys its moment in the spotlight. We don't have any details on what this update could be, yet, but there's a good chance we'll learn what's coming to Minecraft in 2022 and beyond at Minecraft Live 2021.
  • An update on the Caves and Cliffs Update. The Caves and Cliffs Update was tragically split into two parts, and the smaller first part has already been released. The more major second half is expected before the end of the year, and is still in active development at Mojang Studios. Expect a hefty update on the progress of 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, any new features or changes to the original plan, and (maybe) even a release date.
  • An update on Minecraft Dungeons. Minecraft Dungeons just concluded its epic Arch-Illager saga with its latest DLC, as well as the release of Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition. At first glance, it looks like Minecraft Dungeons has reached its end, but that's not the case. Mojang has hinted that big things are in store for Minecraft Dungeons in the future, so it's possible we'll get a sneak peek at what's to come during Minecraft Live 2021.
  • Other reveals and announcements. It's no secret that Mojang Studios is a massive studio, and it's undoubtedly working on other projects and products that we haven't seen yet. There's a chance we may get to see some of these secret projects during this year's Minecraft Live 2021, especially as "surprise reveals" are being teased. I did recently discuss what other games Mojang could be making, any one of which may become reality one day. Don't hold your breath, though, as nothing has been confirmed.
  • Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S? I hear you; we all want to hear what's going on with Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S, especially when it comes to ray tracing. I've previously written about how Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S is disappointing, and little has changed since then. Unfortunately, we haven't seen any indication that this mysterious update is even officially planned, let alone if it'll appear during Minecraft Live 2021. This may be one of the "surprise reveals" mentioned earlier, or it may not appear at all. We'll have to wait and see.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons are both already included in Xbox Game Pass.

Secretlab and Mojang have announced a Minecraft-inspired gaming chair

This chair will offer industry-leading comfort and durability, as long as it doesn't explode.

What you need to know

  • As part of Minecraft Live 2021, gaming chair company Secretlab and Mojang Studios have announced a collaboration.
  • Secretlab's industry-leading TITAN Evo 2022 gaming chair is gaining a new Minecraft-inspired special edition.
  • The chair, which is the company's first special edition with its award-winning SoftWeave Plus fabric, is themed like a Minecraft Creeper.
  • The chair is launching today, and combine's Secretlab's excellent comfort with Minecraft's iconic design.

With Minecraft Live 2021 happening today, the internet will be flooded with an influx of Minecraft news and announcements. As part of the event, gaming chair company Secretlab has announced a brand-new collaboration with none other than Mojang Studios. That's right, the TITAN Evo 2022 chair from Secretlab is gaining a brand-new special edition flavor, this time modeled after one of Minecraft's most infamous and legendary mobs: the Creeper.

Available in three different sizes, the Minecraft Edition of Secretlab's latest gaming chairs is the first special edition from the company to be wrapped in its signature SoftWeave Plus fabric. This unique fabric promises to offer excellent comfort and durability in one package, and has apparently been requested by the community in a special edition chair for ages. Beyond the choice of fabric, this chair includes everything that makes the TITAN Evo 2022 platform special, but themed to look like a Minecraft Creeper.

Alongside the Creeper face proudly embossed on the front, the chair also features a unique pixellated texture along the sides and a handful of Minecraft logos that appear alongside the expected Secretlab logo. It certainly looks the part, and Secratlab's reputation as some of the best gaming chairs around hopefully means this chair will be worthy of the price tag.

The Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition chair is now available to check out on Secretlab's site. Be sure to tune into Windows Central for the rest of our Minecraft Live 2021 coverage, as we're keeping track everything being announced.

Game in style

Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 "Minecraft Edition"

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All in the details.

The Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 "Minecraft Edition" combines the latest and greatest comfort and durability from Secretlab with Minecraft's most infamous mob: the Creeper. The first special edition chair from Secretlab decked out in its SoftWeave Plus fabric, this is the ultimate gaming chair for Minecraft fans.

The allay won the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has already begun to share information.

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (12:20 p.m. CT): The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has ended with the allay as the official winner!

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (12:05 p.m. CT): The second round of voting for the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote is between the allay and copper golem

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (11:45 a.m. CT): The first round of voting for the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has now begun!

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (9:30 a.m. CT): Ahead of Minecraft Live 2021, thousands of players are preparing for the Mob Vote

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (10:15 a.m. CT): Mojang Studios has revealed the third mob in the Mob Vote, the button-loving 'copper golem'

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT): Mojang Studios has revealed the always-collecting 'allay' for the Mob Vote

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Live 2021 brings news, announcements, and reveals to the Minecraft community on Oct. 16, 2021.
  • Part of the event is the annual Mob Vote, which lets the community vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft.
  • This year's vote will feature three brand-new mobs, and Mojang Studios has already begun to tease the options.
  • The three mobs featured in this year's Mob Vote is the glare, the allay, and the copper golem, each of which have unique attributes.

While Mojang Studios continues to work hard on Part Two of the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, they're also preparing to showcase the future of Minecraft with the arrival of Minecraft Live 2021. Part of this year's event is the continuation of the annual Mob Vote, which will let the wider Minecraft community for their favorite of three brand-new Minecraft mobs. The winner will be added to Minecraft in a future update!

Ahead of Minecraft Live 2021, which officially airs on Oct. 16, 2021, Mojang has begun to tease and reveal the mob options. The first to be announced is the grumpy glare, but the other two will be shown off over the course of the week before Minecraft Live 2021. We'll be updated this post with the mobs as we learn of them, and the results of the vote during Minecraft Live 2021, so be sure to tune in.

We've discussed in depth why Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and is certainly one of the best Xbox games, and a good part of that is Mojang's commitment to constant improvement.

During Minecraft Live 2021, we'll see progress on 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, the future of Minecraft Dungeons, the next major update for Minecraft, the Mob Vote, interviews and more, and maybe even a look at what Mojang Studios is working on next. Of course, we'll also probably see the inspiration for the next wave of Minecraft toys and gifts.

Here are the mobs featured in the Mob Vote at Minecraft Live 2021.

Glare

The glare is an adorable grumpy mob that can apparently be of great use to players. These leafy creatures aren't dangerous to players, and can actually give a warning when there's a danger of hostile mobs spawning in the area. Minecraft recently changed how mob spawning works, so hostile mobs only spawn in complete darkness, and glares will let players know if an area is too dark.

Glares do not spawn hostile mobs, and players can actually take glares with them when they travel. Glares simply get really disgruntled whenever it's too dark in the immediate area, which is a sure sign there's danger of spooky mobs spawning there. We don't know much else about the glare's other abilities or behaviors, but they certainly look the part!

Allay

The allay is the second mob to be added to Minecraft Live 2021's annual Mob Vote, and looks to be an exciting and unique addition. This equally adorable alternative to the glare is friendly to players, absolutely loves music and dancing, and has a useful behavior! If you give an allay an item, it'll go off to collect similar items that have been dropped on the ground and return them to you. A friend that constantly brings you presents? The allay makes a good case for itself ahead of the Mob Vote.

Allay can pick up nonstackable items like tools and more, can collect items indefinitely, and returns collected items to a point near a note block that it enjoys. Players are already strategizing on how to use allay to make automation of certain tasks easier, even if the allay can only stay within the same chunk that you are in. Ahead of the Mob Vote, the allay appears to be the fan favorite on social media.

Copper golem

The copper golem is the final mob in Minecraft Live 2021's Mob Vote, and, like the other two options, gives players a ton of reasons to vote for it. The copper golem is actually crafted by players out of pure copper, and, like other copper pieces, oxidizes over time until it freezes into a statue. Copper golems are full of energy, and absolutely love to push copper buttons (regardless of what they do). That's right, copper buttons would also be added to Minecraft if the copper golem was voted in.

Copper golems won't tamper with any other buttons besides copper ones, which means existing redstone contraptions are safe. Also, they have a lightning rod on their head that can attract lightning, which disperses any oxidation. Players can also use an axe to quell the progress of oxidation, similar to other copper blocks. Copper golems are friendly, and won't really interact with other players or mobs. Many players are theorizing how copper golems may be used to automate some redstone contraptions.

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT) — The 'allay' is the second mob featured in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

Mojang Studios has now revealed the 'allay,' a friendly mob that loves music, and enjoys collecting similar items and dropping them off near music blocks. You can watch the allay's reveal trailer for the Mob Vote up above, and learn a little bit more about what makes this particular mob special.

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (10:15 a.m. CT) — The 'copper golem' is the final mob featured in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

The third and final mob in this year's Mob Vote is the 'copper golem,' another friendly mob that is actually crafted by players out of pure copper. These energetic friends oxidize over time, love pushing the brand-new copper buttons, and in general are a lot of fun to have around.

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (9:30 a.m. CT) — Players are discussing every mob on social media ahead of the Mob Vote

On social media, especially Twitter, thousands of players are flocking to discuss every mob ahead of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote. Many players have already seemingly decided which mob they plan to vote for, with the allay, especially, seemingly building up a lot of attraction (at least, on Twitter). We've updated the above post with additional information on each mob to help you make an informed decision before voting.

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (11:45 a.m. CT) — The first round of voting between the glare, allay, and copper golem has begun

The Mob Vote is open! It's time pick your favorite: Glare, Allay or Copper Golem!

Vote now!

— Minecraft (@Minecraft) October 16, 2021

The first round of voting in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has officially begun on Twitter, and is being held between the glare, allay, and copper golem. The mob that receives the least number of votes in round one will be disqualified from the Mob Vote, while the two remaining winners will move on to a second round of voting later during the show. You'll need a Twitter account to vote, and you can do exactly that above!

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (12:05 p.m. CT) — The second (and final) round of voting is between the allay and copper golem

In third place it’s the Glare, we guess you aren’t as afraid of the dark as we are? That leaves the Allay and the Copper Golem going head-to-head in the final round!

Vote for your winner now!

— Minecraft (@Minecraft) October 16, 2021

With the glare knocked out in the first round of voting, the second part of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote is between the allay and the copper golem. The round of voting is now live, and you can vote right now directly above. Whichever mob wins this vote will win overall, and will be added to Minecraft in a future update.

Update, Oct. 16, 2021 (12:20 p.m. CT) — The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has concluded with the allay winning it all

After two rounds of intense voting, the allay is the official winner. This item-loving mob will be added to Minecraft in a future update, and beat out both the glare and copper golem with over one million votes in each poll. In the end, the allay won with 54.3% of the the votes, while the copper golem lost with the remaining 45.7%.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

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Here's everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC

Forza Horizon 5 is already making its case as game of the year.

Forza Horizon is the open-world counterpart to the legendary Xbox Forza racing franchise. Forza Horizon 5 follows the hugely successful and brilliant Forza Horizon 4, and will almost certainly set the bar for the best Xbox racing games and best PC racing games for years to come. Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios know how to deliver a premium open-world racing experience, and Forza Horizon 5 is sure not to disappoint. Of course, Forza Horizon 5 is also positively massive in scope, meaning there's a lot to cover.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 for Xbox and PC.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is the follow-up game to Playground Games' Forza Horizon 4 from 2018. Like other Forza Horizon games, Forza Horizon 5 is an open-world racing game with gorgeous visuals, accessible driving mechanics, and a massive roster of high-quality, licensed vehicles from dozens of manufacturers, all centered around the fabled Forza Horizon festival. And, also like previous Forza Horizon games, FH5 is exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.

Forza Horizon 5 is the more arcade-like open-world counterpart to the highly anticipated eighth Forza Motorsport. While Forza Horizon 5 is coming later this year, not a ton is known about the mysterious Forza Motorsport reboot. Playground Games and Turn10 share a ton of technology and resources between them, as well, which means FH5 may give us a peek at the quality that can be expected from Forza Motorsport.

Forza Horizon 5 is akin to a "car-lovers sandbox," and mostly lets you play however you want. While there is a story and full-blown campaign with the Horizon Adventure, Expeditions, and smaller Horizon Stories, it's still up to players how they progress and what path they take. All in all, the focus of Forza Horizon 5 is the vast arsenal of cars, the wide variety of races and events, the sheer level of creative freedom available, and the deeply integrated online multiplayer gameplay.

If Forza Horizon 4 gives us a peek at what we can expect from Forza Horizon 5 throughout the next several years, we can expect a ton of post-launch support and updates to introduce new cars, events, challenges, and even premium DLC expansions.

You can check out more images of Forza Horizon 5 below, including some incredible wallpapers featuring mural art that will actually appear in-game.

Windows Central previews Forza Horizon 5

Windows Central was offered the opportunity to preview Forza Horizon 5, and we immediately accepted. While we had access to only a small part of FH5's singleplayer content (and none of the online portions), we had free reign to explore the impossibly beautiful open world in all its glory, and play around with a variety of cars.

Our preview showed that Forza Horizon 5 is truly deserving of its hype, and may very well deliver on all of its highly ambitious promises. We'll have to wait to see whether the complete package can match the quality on offer in our early look, but we're more excited than ever for what FH5 has to offer.

We also went on a Forza Horizon 5 road trip, which let us see a lot more of Playground's meticulously crafted version of Mexico. The experience even further cemented our belief that Forza Horizon 5 is the game to look out for in 2021, with a diverse world filled with scenic sites and fun moments.

When is the release date for Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 releases on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on Nov. 9, 2021. If you preorder Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition or the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, you can play the game early on Nov. 5.

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest Xbox Game Studios title to launch simultaneously on Xbox, PC, and Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Cloud Gaming players on mobile devices will also be able to hop behind the wheel on day one. Forza Horizon 5 looks to be a technical and visual showcase on every one of those platforms, with all the stunning graphics and effects expected from a Forza game.

Versions & pricing

Ever since Forza Horizon 5 first became available to preorder, we've been keeping careful track of every edition, DLC, and option you need to be aware of. Our ultimate guide to buying or preordering Forza Horizon 5 covers absolutely everything, including all you need to know about why there isn't a Forza Horizon 5 demo, what editions are available, where you can purchase FH5, and what kind of preorder bonuses or perks FH5 might be offering. There's also an exclusive limited-edition FH5 Xbox Controller, which even includes in-game perks, available for preorder.

How can I watch the trailers for Forza Horizon 5?

Official announcement

Gameplay overview

Let's Go! Episode One

Let's Go! Episode Two

Let's Go! Episode Three

Audible upgrades preview

Car recording behind-the-scenes

Car audio gameplay trailer

Let's Go! Episode Four

Let's Go! Episode Five

Let's Go! Episode Six

Initial drive gameplay

Official cover cars trailer

Ford Bronco Badlands trailer

Farid Rueda artist spotlight

Star27 artist spotlight

Cix artist spotlight

Raul Urias artist spotlight

Senkoe artist spotlight

Spaik artist spotlight

Let's Go! Episode Seven

Ambient nature sounds

Let's Go! Episode Eight

Let's Go! Episode Nine

When was the reveal and announcement for Forza Horizon 5?

We knew Forza Horizon 5 was coming long before it was announced, and even had a hefty pile of leaks and rumors fueling speculation. Of course, the game had to be confirmed eventually. Forza Horizon 5 was officially revealed by Xbox and Playground Games at E3 2021 during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021.

Forza Horizon 5 was right near the end of the show and deservedly garnered a huge amount of hype and excitement for its release. It arrived alongside heavy hitters like Halo Infinite and Starfield. There was no way Microsoft could've made the announcement of Forza Horizon 5 a bigger deal.

From now on, expect more news and information to trickle out as we head towards the official release of Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC. Playground plans to host periodic streams (under the "Let's Go!" moniker) to cover different aspects of Forza Horizon 5. The first stream was a general introduction to the world of FH5, while the second covered the impressive technology powering FH5's sky. You can watch all those streams and more in the "Trailers" section above.

FH5 also made a huge appearance at the Xbox Gamescom 2021 event, where a ton was shown off like the initial drive in Forza Horizon 5, the official FH5 cover cars and art, and more.

Where is the location for Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 aims to be the largest and most diverse Forza Horizon game ever, and that means it needs to be set in a location that can accommodate its lofty ambitions. Fortunately, Playground Games found the perfect setting, as Forza Horizon 5 takes the series back to the North American continent with Mexico. FH5 will feature a huge variety of different environments and locales, with dynamic weather, the return of seasons, and so much more.

Our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5's map includes everything you need to know about FH5 and its rendition of Mexico, including just how big the map is in comparison to previous Forza Horizon games, an overview of different locations you'll be able to explore, and more.

Interestingly, Playground has revealed that Forza Horizon 5 is the first time where the map is exactly what was originally planned — no map content had to be cut throughout development. Even more impressive, FH5's map will continue to evolve over time, with Festival Playlist and Series updates able to alter the world with new decorations, races and events, and more.

What are all the cars and vehicles in Forza Horizon 5?

While Forza Horizon 5's location is undoubtedly a massive part of the game, it's absolutely the cars that make or break most racing games. This is an area where Forza games rarely struggle, and FH5 intends to up the ante by offering the largest launch list of cars in a Forza Horizon game yet.

It can be tough to keep track of every car in a Forza Horizon game, especially when you're looking for something specific, but our Forza Horizon 5 full car list is constantly updated with every car we know of, including gifts, DLC additions, special cars, and much more.

We already know of over 500 cars that are going to appear in Forza Horizon 5 at launch, and Playground Games continually confirms new vehicles as we inch closer to release day, like the return of the legendary DMC DeLorean.

What is the story and campaign in Forza Horizon 5?

While the story or plot in a racing game may not be the most crucial element for some players, it does still add to the atmosphere and, dare I say, immersion of the experience. Forza Horizon 4 was gently criticized by the community for its lackluster story and general lack of direction for players, so Playground Games went back to the drawing board for Forza Horizon 5. FH5 will take players on a journey through the Horizon Festival to have their name added to the Hall of Fame, and the drive there should be pretty wild.

Playground obviously doesn't want to spoil too much about Forza Horizon 5's story, but they still shared a ton of new gameplay and story details in one of their FH5 streams, which highlights the player-first direction they've taken. We've also learned more about Horizon Stories and the Festival Playlist.

Here's everything we know about the story and campaign in Forza Horizon 5:

  • The story of Horizon Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 is canonically set directly after the events of Forza Horizon 4. Players are still basking in the glory of emerging as the championing during the FH4 Festival, and have been sent to Mexico to aid in setting up Horizon Mexico, the next major Horizon Festival.
    • Haley is your number one when it comes to the know-how of Horizon Mexico and making things happen. She's a good friend of Keira, who filled a similar role in Forza Horizon 4 (and is apparently still there looking after Horizon Britain)
    • You are the boss of Horizon Mexico, and that means it's up to you to decide what direction the Festival goes in. It's also important to note that you are the champion of Horizon Britain, so your name is known far and wide in Mexico
    • For the first time ever, your character has voiced lines and interacts with other characters throughout the story, which is a big shift for how Forza Horizon titles handle story content
  • Hall of Fame. The eventual goal of Horizon Mexico and Forza Horizon 5's story is to be accepted into the Hall of Fame, which is reserved for only the greatest and most skilled racers around. There are hundreds of paths players can take to reach the Hall of Fame, meaning the story in FH5 is ultimately still yours to direct.
  • Horizon Adventure. The guiding, overarching entity in Forza Horizon 5's story is the Horizon Adventure, which gives players a broad outline of what they're able to do and how they're able to progress to the Hall of Fame. This means that, unlike FH4, you'll always have guidance on where you can go next. The Horizon Adventure splits FH5's massive map into several categories, with each category featuring chapters that players can unlock and play through at their discretion. In order to progress through Horizon Adventure and eventually reach the Hall of Fame, players will need to earn Accolades.
    • Horizon Adventure has its own charming screen in FH5 that clearly outlines the areas and chapters, and will be the hub from which players will choose their path. The Horizon Adventure screen is visually distinct with amazing-looking stylized graphics
    • The Horizon Adventure is how you unlock Expeditions (covered below), new Festival sites, Showdowns, and much more
    • Individual areas in the Horizon Adventure feature unique themes, Festival sites, Horizon Stories, and much more
    • It'll take approximately 10 to 20 hours for most players to finish the Horizon Adventure and reach the Hall of Fame
  • Accolades. Forza Horizon 5 will feature literally thousands of "Accolades," which are mini objectives that players can complete that cover practically every aspect of the game. Absolutely everything in FH5, including playing online, painting cars, growing your car collection, winning races, exploring the map, and more can earn you Accolades, which in turn reward Accolade Points. It's these points that are used to unlock new chapters and areas of the Horizon Adventure and progress the campaign.
    • There are thousands of Accolades, but players will not need to 100% them to finish the FH5 story. After completing the campaign, there will still be plenty of reasons to play and new Accolades to complete
    • Accolade progression continues no matter how you play FH5, be it with solo play, online, in co-op, or anywhere else
  • Expeditions. There are six Horizon Festival sites in Forza Horizon 5, and each one of them will require progressing through the Horizon Adventure and completing an Expedition. These Expeditions are full-scale road trips across various parts of Mexico, with cinematic cutscenes, story-driven narrative brought to you by Ramiro (Rami, for short), FH5's enthusiastic tour guide, and huge set pieces that showcase the graphical and technical prowess of Forza Horizon 5.
    • Expeditions will go all over Mexico, including over an active volcano, through a storm-torn jungle, and more. Expeditions will also put players behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles
    • Expeditions will also feature optional Accolades to complete while on your journey, like finding specific locations, taking pictures, choosing spots for gear and sites, and more
    • You can play Expeditions by yourself, or in co-op with friends, and all progress is retained no matter what
  • Horizon Stories. Forza Horizon 4 introduced a new way to experience a single-player campaign with Horizon Stories. With Forza Horizon 5, they're bigger than ever. Forza Horizon 5's Stories are part of a deeper and more rewarding campaign, and provide multiple avenues to explore the world. Players can meet dozens of new characters and decide the outcome of their individual stories, and some Barn Finds are even unlocked through Horizon Stories.
    • Horizon Stories feature multiple chapters that can be played through, which can carry individual stories all over the world
    • Horizon Stories can also feature branching paths and player choices, which can be replayed at any time
  • Horizon Showcases. Forza Horizon's massive Showcase events have always been a way to show off how far the game can go, and give players an opportunity to display their skills and feel like a true racing master. In Forza Horizon 5, players will be able to participate in four Horizon Showcases, which promise to be bigger and grander than ever before. The first Showcase pits players against a cargo plane, and another Showcase will have players race a train once again.

What are the features and gameplay in Forza Horizon 5?

A new Forza Horizon game always comes with at least a handful of new features and improvements over its predecessor, but Forza Horizon 5 seems set on delivering even greater amounts of content to players. The extra year of development Forza Horizon 5 got over previous entries in the series clearly helped things along because there is a lot about which to talk.

Not only has Playground Games baked in significantly more content into Forza Horizon 5's base game, but it's also given the community a way to add essentially infinite new events and races to Forza Horizon 5 over time. FH5's online features have also seen significant improvements to more completely connect players all around the world. We'll constantly add to this section as we learn more about all the additions in Forza Horizon 5, so be sure to check in regularly.

From the addition of convertibles to major updates for creators, Forza Horizon 5 is a big upgrade for Forza. Playground also knows how to work up hype for a game, as they continue to show off new Forza Horizon 5 gameplay and details through periodic streams.

Here's everything we know about the features and gameplay in Forza Horizon 5:

Game features and visuals

Playground Games wants this to be the biggest Forza Horizon in more ways than one, which means players have more ways to play and more reasons to keep returning. This is also by far one of the most gorgeous games we've ever seen, and Playground Games has achieved this feat with several methods.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5 and its visuals:

  • Horizon Festival. Forza Horizon has always revolved around the "Horizon Festival," a fictional event that belongs in every car lover's dreams. Pro racers from all over the world converge in one location, for exactly one purpose: to race. The Horizon Festival returns in Forza Horizon 5, and players are once again put in charge. Like Forza Horizon 4, multiple Festival sites can be opened, which unlocks new races and event types. Playground Games has also confirmed a new Horizon Festival logo for FH5. Six Horizon Festivals in total will be available in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Horizon Mexico is the main Horizon Festival site in Forza Horizon 5, where players will begin their journey. This site is situated on an abandoned airstrip (right for drag races) and right next to a fantastic racing circuit
    • Horizon Apex is one of the new Horizon Festivals that has been confirmed, and will feature a number of asphalt road races, and focuses on high-performance vehicles
    • Horizon Wilds is another Horizon Festival, and is practically the opposite of Apex, as it revolves around dirt roads and offroad racing
    • Horizon Rush is the next Horizon Festival, a location set back in the wild canyons of Mexico that revolves around dangerous and ridiculous PR stunts like jumps, speed traps, and more
    • For the very first time, Forza Horizon's semi-legal Street Scene racing series is getting its own tournament, with the aptly named Horizon Street Scene Festival, which will revolve around chaotic nighttime races in collaboration with local street racers
    • Finally, Horizon Baja is all about cross-country racing through a variety of environments, and can be found in FH5's Living Desert biome
  • Barn Finds. Barn Finds have been a mainstay feature in the Forza Horizon franchise, where players can look for long-lost cars buried throughout the world. Barn Finds are returning in Forza Horizon 5, and Playground has said that FH5's Barn Finds are the most detailed and location-specific Barn Finds ever. Barn Finds are also discovered in different ways, such as through Horizon Stories, during Expeditions, and more.
    • There are at least 10 Barn Finds in FH5
    • Our Forza Horizon 5 Barn Finds list keeps track of every Barn Find we've found in FH5, including how to unlock it yourself
  • Visuals and graphics. One of the most impressive parts about Forza Horizon 5 has indubitably been its eye-catching and mind-boggling visuals, which rank among some of the most impressive graphics we've ever seen in a video game. Several things factor into this achievement, including:
    • The use of photogrammetry, which has Playground Games send dedicated teams of photographers all over Mexico to take thousands of pictures of locations and objects, to accurately capture everything from the individual needles on a cactus to the unique texture of volcanic boulders. Almost everything in Forza Horizon 5 is based on photogrammetry
    • A 12K resolution recording of the real Mexican sky, meaning the sky you see in Forza Horizon 5 literally couldn't look more authentic if it tried. This also makes the sky feel more dynamic as time passes and the weather changes
    • The addition of more 3D effects, like in new dynamic weather events, which evolve from pure textures to actual 3D occurrences that can affect the world and player perspective
    • The addition of ray tracing when in Forzavista, showcasing Forza Horizon 5's cars in the most realistic light possible
    • The highest amount of detail on roads for a Forza Horizon game, including location-specific textures (like deteriorating quality as players approach the volcano)
    • Hundreds of cinematics and cutscenes, which tie in with FH5's newly revitalized story and campaign elements
  • Photo and Drone Modes. Forza Horizon games have always been visual showcases, and it stands to reason that players would want to show off their custom cars when playing. Photo Mode is absolutely returning in Forza Horizon 5, and will take advantage of FH5's numerous visual and graphical upgrades. On top of this, Drone Mode is seemingly making a return in FH5, letting players fly around Mexico by leaving their cars behind.
  • Updated user interface (UI). The UI in Forza Horizon 5 is finally getting a long-overdue redesign, which aims to make activities like car customization and more in Forza Horizon 5 more accessible and efficient. Menus are simplified and are easier to scan, while various menus are completely redesigned, such as car upgrades and customization.
    • It hasn't been entirely confirmed yet, but it looks like Forza Horizon 5 may do away with the much-criticized "white room" victory screen in Forza Horizon 4, and returns to a more dynamic and visually appealing location-based cinematic
  • Improved accessibility. Accessibility in games is extremely important, and Playground Games seems to recognize this. While details haven't been shared yet, Playground Games promises Forza Horizon 5 is by far and away the most accessible Forza Horizon game so far, with new accessibility settings and options.
    • Forza Horizon 5 wants to be the most inclusive and easy-to-access Forza Horizon game yet, and part of this means providing more information to players about the optimal car and track combinations for races. Players will still have the freedom to drive any car they want anywhere they want, but the game will be better at helping players that want that help to pick the right car for the situation
    • A new "Tourist" difficulty will offer new assists and settings for newcomers to racing games and Forza Horizon, so that anyone can play at a pace they're comfortable with
  • Drivatars and traffic. Drivatars are returning in Forza Horizon 5, as expected, giving players realistic and challenging opponents to go up against when not racing online. Something that hasn't been seen but is now confirmed is that civilian traffic is also returning in FH5, so be prepared to race around these minor inconveniences when jumping into the game.
    • AI Drivatars have apparently been overhauled in Forza Horizon 5 to be more receptive to the abilities of individual players, and are able to offer a more realistic and dynamic experience. If this is the case, it'll be interesting to see how these new AI opponents fare in races
  • Improvements to the wheel experience. Many racing game fans love to play with a dedicated driving wheel or even more elaborate setups for a more immersive feel. Forza Horizon has never been considered to be one of the best games for lovers of wheels over controllers or mouse and keyboard, but Playground Games apparently vastly improved the wheel experience in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Force feedback has been greatly improved, partially thanks to improved physics systems like suspensions and braking
    • Far more settings and options for players who use a wheel, which are also contextual
  • Achievements support. Forza Horizon 5 will of course feature Achievements for players to unlock and complete, and the full Forza Horizon 5 Achievements list has already been revealed.

Open world, biomes, and seasons

We already know Forza Horizon 5 is set in Mexico, but it turns out there's a lot more going on behind the scenes. Forza Horizon 5, of course, has a broad open world to explore, and marks the return of seasons that were introduced in Forza Horizon 4. However, Forza Horizon 5's map is the largest and most diverse world we've ever seen in a Forza Horizon game, with major changes even for existing features like seasons and weather.

Forza Horizon 5's Let's Go! Episode 4 stream was all about biomes and gave us a ton of information about different parts of the FH5 world. Every info drop we've gotten indicates the world in FH5 will be bigger and more diverse than ever, and it's very exciting.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5's world:

  • 1.5 times larger than Forza Horizon 4. True to their word, Playground Games has made Forza Horizon 5 the biggest Forza Horizon game yet, with a map approximately 1.5 times the size of Forza Horizon 4's Britain. That's a lot of ground to cover, and it features a huge variety of different locations, including:
    • The largest highway in a Forza Horizon game yet, which stretches nearly corner to corner in Forza Horizon 5
    • Several towns and cities, all of which capture Mexican culture in beautiful and colorful ways
    • The return of multiple Horizon Festival sites, with the first Festival site being located on top of an old racetrack and airstrip (that's right, drag racing!)

Hold on tight! #FH5 pic.twitter.com/3DScmH9XIx

— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) July 30, 2021
  • Eleven different biomes. To diversify the largest map in a Forza Horizon game to date, Playground has included 11 different biomes for players to explore. Every biome will have unique attributes, and interact with weather and seasons in different ways. Biomes will also blend together seamlessly, instead of abruptly cutting off at points. The 11 confirmed biomes include:
    • Arid hills — An excellent choice for offroading fans, the Arid Hills biome features dry and grassy plains and hills, and even features a lake that dries up in the winter and opens up new secrets and routes.
    • Canyon — One of the more striking FH5 areas, the Canyon biome is filled with unique rock formations and striations, including the existence of hoodoos (rock pillars and columns) and tons of reverb and echoes for audio.
    • Farmland — Farmlands in FH5 aren't like the farms in previous games, and actually feature lots of hilly and varied terrain filled with diverse foliage and vegetation, fruit-bearing trees, and much more for players to explore.
    • Jungle — As in the real world, the Jungle biome in FH5 is the most foliage dense and claustrophobic of all the biomes, with a ton of trees and other vegetation, heavy fog from heat and humidity, and a ton of secrets for players to discover
    • Living Desert — Not every desert is dry and full of nothing but sand, as is proven by the Living Desert biome in FH5, which features a ton of vegetation like cactuses and flowers, and even boasts of unique rock formations.
    • Urban City — Headlined by Guanajuato, the Urban City biome is exactly as the name implies: an urban area densely packed with beautiful buildings showcasing Mexican architecture and culture, and lots of tight roads to drive down
    • Sand Desert — The Sand Desert biome is closer to your typical desert, and is perfect for speed demons and offroading fanatics, as it features tons of towering sand dunes and long, straight roads.
    • Swamp — One of the most interesting biomes in FH5 is the Swamp, an absolutely gorgeous area that connects jungles to oceans and is filled with beautiful blue-green shallow water, rooted mangrove trees that can be crashed through, and more.
    • Tropical Coast — Most of the time, the Tropical Coast biome in FH5 is the definition of a picturesque Mexican vacation, with resorts, long white-sanded beaches, palm trees, and more, but that all changes with tropical storms in the wet season.
    • Rocky Coast — While it's still bordering the ocean, the Rocky Coast biome is the polar opposite of the Tropical Coast (and actually appears on opposite ends: tropical in the East and rocky in the West), and is characterized by unique rock formations, long uninterrupted beaches, and a golf course.
    • Volcano — Another of the most anticipated FH5 biomes, the Volcano is not only the largest geographical location ever in a Forza Horizon game, but it's also the highest and features blistering blizzards, long winding roads, and even a volcanic research center and satellite dish.
  • The return of seasons. Forza Horizon 4's innovative seasons system is returning, but things are a little different this time around. While seasons in Britain have very clear dividers between them, making for immediately obvious differences, Mexico's wide variety of ecosystems and environments means all four seasons affect all 11 biomes in different ways. This means:
    • Every season will behave and look different depending on where you are on the map
    • You can be in a blizzard on the mountain top and then drive down to the sweltering coast
    • Biomes will completely change for different seasons, including some areas only being accessible during a specific season
    • Seasons affect gameplay in new and exciting ways, and is even more deeply integrated into the world. There are new events, challenges, and rewards for every season
    • The season will still change once every week
    • Seasons are also localized for how they appear in Mexico, meaning Spring is actually the Hot Season, Summer is the Wet Season, Autumn is the Storm Season, and Winter is the Dry Season
  • Dynamic and localized weather. One of the most exciting additions to Forza Horizon 5 is dynamic and localized weather. Yes, the weather in Forza Horizon 4 looked amazing, but when it was raining in one area, it was raining everywhere. In Forza Horizon 5, weather exists in specific areas, can be seen in the distance, and can be tracked down by players. Forza Horizon 5's weather system includes:
    • Storm chasing, which means players can keep an eye out for major storms and literally track them across Forza Horizon 5's world. While it hasn't been confirmed yet, this could make for an excellent Horizon Story in the game.
    • Tropical and dust storms, which have huge and dramatic effects on the world. Dust storms are 3D, encapsulating everything and obstructing your view. Tropical storms shred trees and everything else in the area with high levels of wind, causing a buildup of debris.
    • These storms can grow and swell as they occur, but tend to stick in the location they started in. Storms can appear in multiple locations around the map.
  • The best Forza Horizon sky yet. Related to the new seasons and dynamic weather effects, Playground has also put in the effort to ensure the sky in Forza Horizon 5 is the most impressive ever put in a game.
    • Playground Games used an updated version of their sky capture rig, which uses three 8K cameras to stitch together a 12K picture of the sky.
    • Over 400 hours and 75TB of the Mexican sky was recorded, with the best parts picked out to be used in FH5.
    • Forza Horizon 5 uses advanced interpolation and algorithms to seamlessly stitch these recordings together, creating a nonstop and authentic Mexican sky.
    • All this work means there are significantly more weather presets for races and events, up to 2,000 (versus just over 300 in Forza Horizon 4).
  • Authentic Mexican representation. Playground Games is obviously proud of the world it built for Forza Horizon 5, and its developers have mentioned that Mexico features a wonderful and deep culture in its people, locations, and cars. Playground has always strived to represent the cultures in the locations of its games accurately, and FH5, like in many other ways, aims to turn this up to 11.
    • Original compositions from Mexican musicians for FH5's soundtrack
    • Original artwork and murals from seven Mexican artists, including the one in the FH5 debut gameplay trailer by Farid Rueda
    • Mexican writers and voice actors, which portray many of the characters in FH5
  • New and updated world features. There's obviously more to Forza Horizon 5's improvements on top of these major changes as well, including (but not limited to):
    • A ton of foliage, including cactus, is smashable in Forza Horizon 5, so you don't have to worry about them getting in your way
    • Animals are making a return, including flamingos, wild dogs, donkeys, goats, horned sheep, parrots and other birds, and more. Animals are more intelligent than in Forza Horizon 4, and can even have unique behaviors
    • A ridiculous attention to detail, including how flocks of monarch butterflies can appear in certain locations and certain times of the year, coinciding with the annual monarch butterfly migration that moves through Mexico
  • Plenty of pop culture references and easter eggs. Forza Horizon 5 features a ton of references to popular forms of media and secret easter eggs, both in its Achievements list and its world. If you pay close attention, who knows how many you'll be able to discover.

You can see more screenshots of Forza Horizon 5's gorgeous world below.

Cars, character, and event customization

If there's one thing that brings Forza Horizon players together like nothing else, it's the sheer level of creative freedom afforded by the games. Forza Horizon 5 wants to be the most customizable and inclusive Forza Horizon yet, and it also gears for infinite replayability with new player tools and features. Players have control over their cars, in-game characters, races, and even full-blown unique events you can't find anywhere else.

Here are the best features about Forza Horizon 5's car, character, and event customization:

  • New car customizations. Cars are in everything you do in Forza Horizon 5, so it makes sense that you'd have a lot of control over your vehicles. Forza Horizon has always given players a lot of freedom to make their cars look and drive the way they want, but new additions have been lacking lately. Forza Horizon 5 finally adds a ton of new options, including:
    • Major improvements to the interface for designing and painting cars, to make it closer to modern image editing software
    • You can port liveries and car designs from Forza Horizon 4
    • Hundreds of new visual upgrade parts for cars
    • Over 100 new rim options
    • Thousands of new performance upgrades for cars, including over 500 new engine swaps
    • The ability to paint brake calipers, which has been a requested feature for years now
    • Full body kits and new aero options, which significantly alter the look of supported cars
  • Improved car physics. One of the smaller, but still welcomed, improvements in Forza Horizon 5 is the return of "drivetrain flex," which essentially refers to how cars wobble when revving their engines or accelerating. This ties into massively improved (and rebuilt) suspension and braking systems, which contribute to more realistic offroading in FH5 (and a brand-new "Offroad" performance stat for all cars). Finally, tire physics has also been massively improved, with all-new tire compounds available to upgrade your cars. Apparently, these updates actually make driving easier in FH5, since cars behave closer to how you'd expect, and can be upgraded in more nuanced ways.
  • Improved car engine sounds. One of the biggest community complaints about Forza Horizon 4 was its lackluster car engine sounds, which often didn't accurately reflect the cars, and even repeated engine noises across cars. Playground has assuaged concerns from players and stated that their audio team has devoted a ton of time to improving engine noises in Forza Horizon 5.
    • If you want to know more about how the audio has improved in Forza Horizon 5, be sure to check out the "Audio" section below!
  • Improved tire smoke and effects. The Forza Horizon community has also critiqued the tire smoke in Forza Horizon games in the past, and even here Playground is listening. Tire smoke in Forza Horizon 5 is getting a big upgrade to have more volume and presence in the world, and these upgrades also apply to other effects like kicking up sand or dirt. Tire smoke even changes depending on how hot your tires are and how hot the current season is.
  • Return of perks. Every car you drive in Forza Horizon 5 will still have a collection of perks you can spend skill points to unlock, which will grant unique bonuses and perks to your car (such as increased XP or credits, or even new cars).
  • Car Collection screen. Forza Horizon 5 features a Car Collection screen, which is almost a "sticker book" of every available car in the game. Players can come here to view their car collection and see what vehicles they're missing, purchase missing cars in the collection directly from this screen, and even redeem rewards for reaching milestones and completing manufacturer collections. Rewards include XP, credits, and even exclusive Forza Edition cars.
  • New character customizations. In-game characters have taken the spotlight more in recent Forza Horizon games, giving players another way to express themselves and personalize their game experience. Forza Horizon 5 characters are getting a similar treatment to cars, with all-new ways to customize them, including:
    • Major improvements to inclusivity, including options for pronouns, a more diverse selection of base characters, and prosthetic limbs
    • Hundreds of new clothing options
    • New choices for voices and hairstyles
    • While rarer clothing items are still obtained through Horizon Wheelspins, most of FH5's clothing and character customization items can be obtained through a new dedicated clothing shop
  • Multiple player houses. It has been confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 player houses are returning, with at least seven for players to acquire and use.
  • EventLab. Likely one of the most exciting additions to Forza Horizon 5 for many players, EventLab is a full-blown level editor. This isn't like the race editor feature from Forza Horizon 4, which lets you design custom tours and events from preexisting tracks. EventLab adds near-infinite possibilities to Forza Horizon 5, and includes a ton of features like:
    • Tools and options similar to the ones used by Forza Horizon developers
    • The ability to individually place objects, tracks, items, and more, to custom design your track or world
    • The ability to choose game objectives and rules, to create something truly unique
    • Super7 has now been incorporated into EventLab, with many of those features being brought over and upgraded
    • EventLab will improve overtime as the community provides feedback
    • Races made in EventLab can even appear on the FH5 map for players
    • Playground will pick the best and coolest modes and events from EventLab to showcase in Festival Playlists and Horizon Arcade
    • Possibilities are endless enough that Playground genuinely has no idea what the community will be able to accomplish with EventLab
    • The Route Creator has been augmented with features from FH4's Super7, and is now a part of the EventLab umbrella

Click the left thumbstick. #FH5 pic.twitter.com/E1MvPlNvbw

— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) July 19, 2021
  • Convertible cars. Convertible cars have existed in Forza Horizon games before, but with FH5 you'll be able to put the top off or take it down with the click of a single button, even when you're out in the wide FH5 world! This is an awesome addition, and the above clip shows the attention to detail players can expect when they get into a convertible.
  • Driving modes. Related to how some cars will have convertible tops that can be toggled on the go, different cars in Forza Horizon 5 may also feature different driving modes that players can toggle between. The only car we know of that supports this at the moment is the titular Mercedes-AMG ONE, which can toggle between street and track modes, but other cars may also feature this ability.

Online play and social features

Online and social features have long been a huge part of Forza Horizon, connecting players across the open world and making it easier to play together. Forza Horizon 5 is making big changes to make online play more accessible and seamless than ever before, with a host of new features to incentivize players to participate in online events and play. This means new tools, events, and more in Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 Let's Go! Episode 8 covered many of FH5's online features, and showcased plenty of multiplayer gameplay. It looks like FH5 has made meaningful improvements to multiplayer to make it even easier for players to join games together, and to incentivize players to jump online.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5's online play:

  • Horizon Open. Forza Horizon 5 is condensing its classic Forza Horizon PvP modes under one barrier, with players able to seamlessly leap into races, challenges, and events while driving around in the massive open world. With this change, Forza Horizon 5 is more "MMO-like," with all players connected simultaneously. This is also contextual, so players are more likely to run into other players in different locations, like cities. Finally, Horizon Open's races and events have been designed to be more accessible and inviting, so that players aren't needlessly penalized and dragged down (skill-based matchmaking is also going away). Horizon Open is divided into four categories, including:
    • Open Racing, which includes a wide variety of classic race events
    • Open Drifting, which lets players test out their drifting skills on a variety of surfaces
    • Playground Games, a cleverly named series that combines a ton of game modes like Flag Rush, King, and more
    • The Eliminator, a Battle Royale mode that debuted late in FH4's career and is returning in Forza Horizon 5
  • Horizon Tour. Related to Horizon Open, Tour lets you meet up to five other players and travel to various race locations to battle it out against AI Drivatars. Horizon Tours periodically change their location and themes (types of vehicles and customization allowed, etcetera), meaning there's plenty of variety. Using Forza LINK (more below), you can seamlessly join convoys and Horizon Tours at any point.
  • Horizon Arcade. Forza Horizon 5 is packed with over 130 new mini-games, spread across 12 different game modes, all of which fit under the Horizon Arcade banner. These aren't game modes you need to search for. Instead, they happen dynamically all over the Forza Horizon 5 map as public events while you're driving around with other players. Participate in these spontaneous events to earn new rewards and more, and be automatically linked to the next event if you want to keep playing.
  • Forza LINK. Forza Horizon's ANNA AI isn't going anywhere, but the antiquated "Chat" option is being replaced with another AI: LINK. LINK intelligently keeps track of what players enjoy playing, how they've progressed, and what they're currently up to when playing online, and helps you connect with other people with seamless and easy recommendations.
  • Kudos. A new social currency in Forza Horizon 5, Kudos can be gifted to players (or received) at any point. This is to encourage players to practice fair and generous gameplay, as Kudos can be gifted for helping players out, being a good sport, giving Gift Drops, and more. Collecting Kudos can help you unlock new flairs, which can be attached to your player label.
  • Gift Drops. Gift Drops are similar to Barn Finds, except players can tune and design their own cars, and then hide them in the world for a specific group of Forza Horizon players. Anyone in Forza Horizon 5 under that group has a chance to find the Gift Drop, and then they get to keep the car. This is a great way of encouraging charitable play in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Gift Drops can be customized with a selection of friendly messages, and can be optionally signed by the player sending them
    • Gift Drops do permanently remove the selected vehicle from your garage, but someone else will get to keep that car forever
    • Whenever you find a Gift Drop, you're able to give the gifting player a Kudos
  • Festival Playlist. Returning from Forza Horizon 4, the Festival Playlist is new and improved in FH5. Weekly and monthly updates are still planned for Forza Horizon 5, with the Festival Playlist offering several hours of additional gameplay every week and exclusive rewards. Playground is apparently taking everything they've learned from FH4 and applying it to FH5. Here's what you need to know:
    • The Festival Playlist is beginning with the "Welcome Week" on Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, and will feature a small amount of content during Spring
    • Series 1 of the Festival Playlist, "Welcome to Horizon Mexico," will begin on Nov. 11 in the Summer season, and will feature a ton of rewards and content, including the DeLorean
    • Series 2 will come a month after, and will be Holidays-themed
    • Series updates and the Festival Playlist can actually update and evolve the FH5 world over time
    • Players can complete challenges and objectives to earn Forzathon points, which can be spent on exclusive rewards, and earn milestone rewards
  • Co-op support. Everything in Forza Horizon 5 can be played in co-op, including the campaign chapters and Expeditions. Progress is maintained no matter how you play, so there's no barrier to playing in co-op.
    • You can start playing online or with co-op immediately after the opening drive and first Horizon Story in FH5
  • Better accessibility and inclusion. Playground Games wanted to make Forza Horizon 5 more accessible, especially as players become more likely to return after months-long absences or play older games for the first time through Xbox Game Pass. Some of these improvements include:
    • A more seamless and natural transition from single-player campaign play to the live service Festival Playlist
    • Less focus on purely winning and more of a focus on having fun and winning if you can

Audio and car sounds

Forza Horizon 4 is a fantastic game in practically every way, but there is one thing that it consistently lacks in according to the Forza community: car sounds. Forza Horizon 4 uses the same car sounds repeatedly for multiple vehicles, features low-quality recordings, and has a tendency to make every car sound practically the same. One of the biggest question marks surrounding Forza Horizon 5 has been whether or not audio will be noticeably improved. Now, we finally have some answers.

Playground Games recently held a stream detailing Forza Horizon 5 audio improvements, and there's hardly anything to be upset about. It seems Playground has invested substantial time into improving not just engine noises in FH5, but all audio in general. You can even watch a Forza Horizon 5 gameplay trailer just showing off improved car audio, which is awesome for fans. Finally, there's this interview with Jalopnik that offers another look into the "how" of audio in FH5.

There's enough here for audio and car sounds to earn its own section in our ultimate Forza Horizon 5 guide, so let's get started. Here's what you need to know about audio in Forza Horizon 5:

  • No more "dyno" recording method. Many other racing games use the "dyno" method to record their car audio, which effectively straps a car in and records it revving up to max. This method is officially retired in FH5, as it's inherently limiting and doesn't accurately capture a car's complex sounds.
  • Live recording on a track or airstrip. Instead, Forza Horizon 5 leans fully into Playground Games' favorite method of recording: strapping a bunch of microphones to a car and driving it around. This leads to more authentic and varied engine sounds per car.
  • Over 320 new car recordings. During the development of FH5, Playground has recorded over 320 new car recordings on top of the existing library in Forza Horizon 4, a huge surplus that should lead to more varied sounds.
    • Playground also went the extra mile by ensuring they recorded a ton of different individual upgrade parts and levels, so that engine sounds can accurately shift with the addition of new and improved upgraded parts
  • Major improvements to car audio. With over 320 new live car recordings, Playground is already set up for massively improved audio in Forza Horizon 5. However, car engine noises are getting several other major enhancements in FH5, including:
    • 100% use of the granular synthesis technique, versus only 10-15% in Forza Horizon 4. Granular synthesis lets Playground chop up audio files into many segments and stitches them together seamlessly as needed. This means no matter how you're driving, your cars will always sound dynamic and natural
    • Car audio is always 90 FPS, versus the 60 FPS the game plays at normally. Combined with granular synthesis, this means car sounds in Forza Horizon 5 are incredibly reactive, with no gaps between action and sound
    • Forza Horizon 5 also uses a brand-new modular audio system, which can intelligently recognize your car, its engine type, and its various engine upgrades, and pull from the existing library of sounds to create a unique and natural sound, including for engine upgrades like turbochargers, superchargers, exhausts, and much more, and distinct sounds like transmission whines and the characteristic sound of an electric or hybrid car
    • Improvements to tire sounds are also included, with FH5 able to use all of its upgrades (including the new modular system) to adapt tire sounds to the car and tire type being used
  • Engine upgrades can be heard in real-time. If you're excited to try out the upgraded audio in Forza Horizon 5 by upgrading your car with various new performance parts, you're in luck. FH5 will let you hear engine upgrades in real-time while customizing your car with a new "Rev engine" button. This will let you hear the difference between different engine upgrades like intakes, camshafts, and more, and even between entire engine swaps.
  • Improvements to first-person audio. If you prefer to drive your car in first person, you're in luck! Audio is also getting major improvements in this department to elevate the cockpit feel to a new level. Some of the improvements include:
    • Audio can be muffled accurately when inside a closed car
    • New FH5 audio systems can track how sound travels around the inside of a car, including reverb
    • Convertibles will have different first-person soundscapes depending on whether or not the top is up or down
  • Audio ray tracing. While visual ray tracing is limited to Forzavista (which includes the menu for upgrading your car!), audio ray tracing is being applied to the entire game. This means Forza Horizon 5 can trace audio as it bounces off the environment like walls, ceilings, buildings, and more. Reverb and echoes will be realistic and accurate, especially in environments like tunnels.
    • Ray tracing occlusion also means players will be able to pinpoint the locations of nearby cars (even around buildings and other obstacles) by the noises of their engines
  • Forza Horizon 5 sounds better on Xbox Series X|S. Microsoft's current-gen gaming consoles have unlocked a new compression format for audio. This means FH5 will have higher fidelity audio on Xbox Series X|S, which applies to all audio, including music, environmental noises, and car sounds.
  • All cars benefit. Finally, it should be noted that all cars in FH5 will benefit from these audio improvements. This means whether you're exploring the world by yourself, playing online with others, or racing through Mexico, all the cars around you will reflect all of these audio improvements.
  • Horizon Bass Arena returns. Many fans were concerned that Forza Horizon's infamous Horizon Bass Arena radio station wouldn't return in FH5, but those fears have been assuaged. Bass Arena is coming back better than ever, and it'll still feature charismatic host Scott Tyler at its helm, who is the only character in the Forza Horizon franchise to appear in every single entry.

What platforms will get Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is heading to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. It'll be available on day one on Xbox Game Pass. Forza Horizon 5 is not coming to other platforms like PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna.

Here's everything you need to know about every platform Forza Horizon 5 is launching on.

Xbox Series X|S

Forza Horizon 5 has been designed from the ground up to show off what the Xbox Series X|S current-gen consoles are capable of, and it delivers. Playground Games has already revealed the Forza Horizon 5 performance targets for Xbox Series X|S, and we like what we see. It's been made clear from the very beginning that Forza Horizon 5 is going to look fantastic on Xbox Series X|S, with a wide range of supported features.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S

  • Performance targets. To get the most technical (and arguably least important) information out of the way first, here's how Forza Horizon 5 runs on Xbox Series X|S:
    • 4K resolution and 30 FPS on Xbox Series X in Quality Mode
    • 1080p resolution and 30 FPS on Xbox Series S in Quality Mode
    • 4K resolution and 60 FPS on Xbox Series X in Performance Mode
    • 1080p resolution and 60 FPS on Xbox Series S in Performance Mode
  • Parity between consoles. Aside from resolution, the experience between Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S should be almost identical, with both consoles managing to push similar graphical and visual settings.
  • Ray tracing. Forza Horizon 5 is the first Forza Horizon game to embrace ray tracing, which enables accurate and true-to-life tracking for lights, shadows, reflections, and much more. Forza Horizon 5 will support ray tracing on Xbox Series X|S at launch, although it's limited to the Forzavista mode, where players can admire their cars in their full ray-traced glory.
  • Smart Delivery. Like many other Xbox games that span generations, Forza Horizon 5 supports Xbox Smart Delivery. This means you have to buy Forza Horizon 5 only once for Xbox consoles, and Xbox will automatically download the best possible version of the game for the console you're playing on, at no additional cost. This also includes Xbox cloud saves, meaning there's full cross-progression between generations.
  • Cross-platform play. Forza Horizon 5 embraces every platform it's available on, which means it supports cross-play between Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Cross-save is also supported across all of these platforms, with the exception of Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.
  • Improved world and visuals. The power of Xbox Series X|S allows for improvements across the board for both gameplay and visuals. This includes features like:
    • Full HDR10 support for improved contrast and colors
    • Improved draw distances, so players can see farther and with more detail
    • Improved load speeds, so players can start racing faster
    • Improved details and textures for both cars and the world
    • Improved audio fidelity
    • Massively increased resolution for car paints and decals
  • Xbox Series X faith. It's clear that Playground Games has a lot of faith in how Forza Horizon 5 looks and runs on Xbox Series X, as it was confirmed that, as of the Let's Go! Episode Five stream, practically everything that had been shown off of Forza Horizon 5 so far was running on Xbox Series X.

Xbox One

Xbox One consoles may be "last-gen," but they still have a lot of life left in them. Forza Horizon 5 is heading to Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X when it launches on Nov. 9, and it should offer a fantastic experience when it does. We don't know how well Forza Horizon 5 will run or look on Xbox One consoles when it launches, but we're expecting it to be similar to how previous Forza Horizon games did.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox One:

  • Performance targets. There are still millions of players using an Xbox One console, so it's important to know how FH5 will performance on those older machines. Here are the performance targets for the Xbox One family:
    • 4K resolution at 30 FPS, with reduced visual fidelity, on Xbox One X
    • 1080p resolution at 30 FPS, with reduced visual fidelity, on Xbox One and Xbox One S (the regular One does not support HDR)
  • Smart Delivery. If you buy Forza Horizon 5 while on Xbox One, know that you'll always have the best experience possible wherever you play. Forza Horizon 5 will scale across all Xbox consoles using Smart Delivery, meaning you can buy and fall in love with the game while on Xbox One, and then immediately experience an upgraded version of Forza Horizon 5 when you move to an Xbox Series X or S.
  • Cross-platform play. Forza Horizon 5 embraces every platform it's available on, which means it supports crossplay between Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Cross-save is also supported across all of these platforms, with the exception of Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.
  • Improvements over Forza Horizon 4. Forza Horizon 4 already pushed the Xbox One generation of consoles to its limits when it came to graphics, so don't expect Forza Horizon 5 to be a big visual jump when playing on Xbox One. That doesn't mean there isn't a ton to look forward to, including:
    • A bigger and more diverse world than ever before
    • Brand-new ways to play with new races, events, challenges, and more
    • Improved online multiplayer with in-world public events, more ways to find new friends and more
    • EventLab event editor, which allows full creative freedom to build new events, maps, and more
    • Tons of other improvements to customization, accessibility, cars, the world, and more

PC

Microsoft's newfound and growing support of PC gaming means Forza Horizon 5 (and practically every other Xbox Game Studios title) launches on PC at the same time as Xbox platforms. Playground Games has already divulged all the details, and we've broken down everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on PC, including whether or not your PC can run it.

The best gaming desktops and best gaming laptops will play Forza Horizon 5 with unparalleled levels of quality and detail. FH5 features a ton of PC-specific features and options for players to take advantage of, and supports Xbox Play Anywhere for anyone looking to play FH5 on both Xbox and PC.

Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud)

Forza Horizon 5 has been confirmed to be heading to Xbox Cloud Gaming, previously known as Project xCloud, on day one. If you're not familiar with Xbox Cloud Gaming, it's included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which also includes Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC), and lets you play a wide variety of full-blown Xbox games on your phone, tablet, or laptop. This means you'll not only be able to tear through the Mexican deserts on your Xbox console or PC while at home, but also while you're on the go.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Cloud Gaming:

  • Powered by Xbox Series X. Xbox Cloud Gaming has long been powered by server blades based on the aging Xbox One S console. Now, Xbox Cloud Gaming is officially built on top of custom Xbox Series X server blades, delivering superior load speeds, latency, performance, and visuals. Xbox Series X|S Optimized games get the greatest benefits, which will include Forza Horizon 5 when it launches.
    • Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games at up to 1080p and 60 FPS
  • Cross-platform play. Playing Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Cloud Gaming doesn't mean giving up on online multiplayer with your friends or managing a separate save. Forza Horizon 5 still supports full cross-play and cross-save on Xbox Cloud Gaming, just like it does on Xbox consoles. Play on PC or Xbox, then take your phone on the go and never lose a moment.
  • Xbox One upgrade. This hasn't been implemented yet, but Xbox Cloud Gaming will one day be used to bring current-gen-only games like Microsoft Flight Simulator or the upgraded version of Forza Horizon 5 to older Xbox One consoles. Using the power of the cloud, you'll someday be able to play games far beyond the capabilities of the aging Xbox One consoles, breathing new life into the console platform. Xbox Cloud Gaming for Xbox One should arrive sometime in 2021, meaning it may be here in time for Forza Horizon 5.
  • Mobile gaming. It should go without saying, but Forza Horizon 5 and Xbox Cloud Gaming means you can play one of the best racing games ever literally anywhere you have an internet connection. Be it your phone, a tablet, or even a non-gaming computer, Xbox Cloud Gaming aims to "just work."

Forza Horizon 4 isn't just one of the best Xbox racing games, it's also one of the best Xbox games in general. There's every reason to believe that Forza Horizon 5 will continue the trend and deliver an excellent racing experience to Xbox and PC.

The Festival returns

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Here's every Achievement in Forza Horizon 5 and how to unlock them

Forza Horizon 5 will feature 53 awesome Achievements to unlock at launch.

Forza Horizon 5, being an Xbox Game Studios title, of course supports its own suite of Achievements for players to earn and seek out during their playthroughs. As revealed during a Forza Horizon 5 stream, this highly anticipated open-world racing game from Playground Games will feature dozens of Achievements that span every pillar of gameplay, meaning players and Achievements hunters will have plenty of direction for what to attempt next.

With 53 Achievements worth a combined 1,000 Gamerscore, here's every Achievement in Forza Horizon 5, and how to unlock them.

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 continues the popular Forza Horizon open-world racing series with an entire suite of improvements and added features across the board. Xbox Game Studios and Playground Games are aiming to deliver a premier racing experience with the largest and most diverse map yet in Forza Horizon 5, one of the most anticipated titles of the year. The Forza Horizon 5 car list is also mightily impressive, likely featuring over 500 cars at launch.

Forza Horizon 5 is more than just another racing game, meaning it has something for practically any player to enjoy. This means that it's absolutely massive in scope, so it can be daunting to dissect everything there is to do in this gargantuan racing adventure. Our ultimate FH5 guide provides a comprehensive overview of everything you should be aware of, however.

We previewed Forza Horizon 5, which showed just how great this game could be. Players will have plenty of motivation to earn every Achievement in Forza Horizon 5, especially while going on an FH5 road trip of their own.

Officially launching on Nov. 9, 2021 (or Nov. 5 for some preorders), Forza Horizon 5 is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Forza Horizon 5 is now available to preorder with multiple editions and add-ons from which to choose. If you're concerned about whether or not your PC can run FH5, we have the full PC requirements for Forza Horizon 5.

What is the full list of Achievements in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5's base game includes 53 Achievements worth a combined total of 1,000 Gamerscore, which is pretty standard for a "AAA" Xbox game. With so many Achievements, individual Gamerscore amounts tend to be pretty small, but Forza Horizon 5 should pretty liberally reward you throughout a lot of your gameplay, as long as you're experimenting with the many facets of FH5.

As Forza Horizon 5 releases updates and post-launch DLC, it may add additional Achievements for players to earn, similar to other games that see plenty of support after release.

Without further ado, here's the full list of Achievements in Forza Horizon 5:

Name Description Gamerscore
Welcome to Mexico Arrive at Horizon Festival Mexico 10
Race into Action Complete any Horizon Race Event 10
Adaptable Complete the "On a Wing and a Prayer" Showcase Event 10
Icebreaker Participate in a Horizon Arcade Event 10
Mi Casa Unlock the first Player House 10
First Love Purchase your first car from the Autoshow 10
This Is the Way Start a new chapter of the Horizon Adventure 20
Viva Horizon! Unlock your first Horizon Finale Event 30
Putting on a Show Win every Showcase Event 20
AWDyssey Build the Horizon Wilds Outpost 10
Ask Any Racer, Any Real Racer Build the Horizon Street Scene Outpost 10
Far from the Mudding Crowd Build the Horizon Apex Outpost 10
There's Always Money in the Baja Stand Build the Horizon Baja Outpost 10
Adrenaline Rush Build the Horizon Rush Outpost 10
Hall of Famer Reach the Horizon Hall of Fame 50
How to Race Friends and Influence People Earn three stars in the "Tristan" Chapter of the "Born Fast" Horizon Story 10
Cover to Cover Earn three stars on all chapters in a single Horizon Story 20
Tourist Attraction Complete your first Horizon Tour Race Event 10
Show Me Your Moves! Play any EventLab Event created by another player 10
Good Carma Give another player some Kudos to show your appreciation 10
Album Cover Take a photo of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG ONE for Horizon Promo 10
Fit to Print Take 50 photos of Legendary cars for Horizon Promo 30
A Forza Edition to My Collection Earn a Forza Edition car from a Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin 10
Manufacturer Affinity Earn a Manufacturer Bonus 10
You Could Say I'm a Fan Earn a Manufacturer Bonus for a collection of 25 or more cars 30
An Item Of Extreme Value Discover and photograph the Golden Tlaloc Totem 10
No Stone Unturned Complete your first Expedition 30
Chicken Dinner Win your first game of The Eliminator 30
Jackpot Fully complete a run of Super7 20
Seasoned Veteran Complete a Festival Playlist activity in every season 50
Racing and Pacing and Plotting the Course Win 80 different Race Events in Mexico 50
Unbeatable Triumph Win six different Race Events against Unbeatable Drivatars 30
Living Legend Earn 300 stars from PR Stunts in Mexico 50
I Have the High Ground Win 3 Rivals Events in 3 different PI Classes while driving the same car 30
Unlimited Prowess! Complete Round Three in all 5 Themes of Horizon Arcade 20
Ride and Seek Discover and drive every road in Mexico 20
Min, Meet Max Complete all Events in a Festival Playlist Series 20
Better Than New Restore 14 Barn Finds in Mexico 20
Complete Collection Find and smash all 250 Bonus Boards in Mexico 30
Ford of the Wings Earn 3 Stars at the Eagle's Perch Danger Sign in a Ford Supervan 3 20
Mogul Purchase all 7 Player Houses 30
Long Gone Win the Goliath Race Event 20
Gotta Smash 'Em All Complete 5 Seasonal Smashable Challenges 10
Cactus Makes Perfect Smash 500 cacti during Mexico's Wet Season 10
A Royal Affair At sunrise, take a photo of your car with some monarch butterflies at Hotel Mirador Balderrama 10
Dust in the Lens Take a photo featuring the Gran Telescopio and a dust storm 10
Stunning Photography Take a photo during a tropical storm 10
A Heart of Gold Send another player a Gift Drop 10
Water Performance Earn three stars at the Puerta Pétrea and La Marisma Trailblazers within 2 minutes 20
You're the Champion Win any Event in Horizon Open 10
Treasure Hunter Find all Treasure Chests in a Festival Playlist Series 20
Front Runner Finish 5 Horizon Tour Race Events ahead of all Drivatars 20
New Tune Find a place to install the Horizon Pulse Radio Beacon 10

How do I unlock the Achievements in Forza Horizon 5?

As we go hands-on with Forza Horizon 5 and begin unlocking and earning Achievements ourselves, we'll be populating this section with full guides on every single one. Be sure to check back in regularly for step-by-step instructions on unlocking every Achievement in Forza Horizon 5, from the simplest and most unavoidable to the most time-consuming and complicated.

Here's how you can complete every Achievement in Forza Horizon 5.

Welcome to Mexico

  • Description and reward: Arrive at Horizon Festival Mexico — 10 Gamerscore

The first Achievement any player will earn in Forza Horizon 5, "Welcome to Mexico" congratulates players for first entering Horizon Festival Mexico. All you need to do to earn this introductory Achievement is to complete the initial drive at the beginning of the game, making this an unavoidable Achievement.

Race into Action

  • Description and reward: Complete any Horizon Race Event — 10 Gamerscore

Forza Horizon 5 is filled with various kinds of Race Events, including asphalt, cross-country, off-road, drag races, and more. In order to earn the "Race into Action" Achievement, you'll need to enter and complete any one Race Event in FH5, which you'll be able to do immediately after completing the first three objectives in FH5.

After the initial drive, the first Showcase Event, and the first Horizon Story, you'll be offered a selection of races to enter in order to earn Accolade points. Choose any one of these races to enter the Achievement early on, but this Achievement will pop the first time you complete a Race Event at any point in Forza Horizon 5.

Adaptable

  • Description and reward: Complete the "On a Wing and a Prayer" Showcase Event — 10 Gamerscore

Another practically unavoidable Achievement, this will likely be the second Achievement most players will earn. The "On a Wing and a Prayer" Showcase Event is the second objective players will complete, immediately after the initial drive and introductory cinematic. You'll need to drive to the designated location (the game will nudge you in that direction) and race against a cargo plane and two wingsuit-equipped NPCs riding dirt bikes.

The Showcase Event will put you behind the wheel of the 1994 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC "Cossie V2," which will be rewarded to you upon completion of the event. Showcase Events aren't designed to be difficult, but the race will almost always be close. Once you complete the Showcase Event, you'll earn this Achievement immediately.

Mi Casa

  • Description and reward: Unlock the first Player House — 10 Gamerscore

The "Mi Casa" Achievement goes hand in hand with the "This is the Way" Achievement further down, since most players will earn these at around the same time. The first Forza Horizon 5 player house is "Casa Bella," and is given to players for free upon getting through the initial "tutorial" stage of Forza Horizon 5 and starting the first proper Horizon Adventure chapter.

If you intend to complete the FH5 campaign, this Achievement is also pretty much unavoidable. Once you complete the initial drive, first Showcase Event, first Horizon Story, and earn enough Accolade points to start a new Horizon Adventure chapter, you'll be directed to Mulegé, where you'll be given Casa Bella by Ramiro. You can use Casa Bella for anything Horizon Festivals can be used for, including customizing your cars and character, expanding your car collection, and more.

First Love

  • Description and reward: Purchase your first car from the Autoshow — 10 Gamerscore

The "First Love" Achievement is pretty straightforward: buy any car at all from the Forza Horizon 5 Autoshow. You can earn this Achievement at any point, simply by heading to a Horizon Festival site or player house to access the Autoshow, and purchasing absolutely any car you want (that's within your means to afford). You'll need to earn money from completing races and other events, as well as from Wheelspins.

This Is the Way

  • Description and reward: Start a new chapter of the Horizon Adventure — 20 Gamerscore

This Achievement is connected to the "Mi Casa" Achievement above, in that they're going to be unlocked around the same time. This Achievement is earned after you complete the initial drive, first Showcase Event, first Horizon Story, and you accept your first player house from Ramiro in Mulegé. After which, Forza Horizon 5 should expand and give you increased access to the Horizon Adventure campaign.

A Forza Edition to My Collection

  • Description and reward: Earn a Forza Edition car from a Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin — 10 Gamerscore

Unfortunately, there's no guaranteed way to earn the "A Forza Edition to My Collection" Achievement. This particular Achievement is earned whenever you gain a rare Forza Edition car after spinning a Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin, which effectively comes down to chance.

Wheelspins are earned from leveling up, redeeming Skill Points on cars, completing Accolades and Car Collection milestones, and more. Wheelspins can provide tons of rewards, including credits, rare clothing items, and tons of cars. You can check out our Forza Horizon 5 car list for an overview of every car we've seen in FH5 Wheelspins, including any Forza Edition cars.

Keep playing the game and earning Wheelspins, and you're bound to get this Achievement eventually. Not every Wheelspin gives you a chance at a Forza Edition car, and not every Wheelspin that gives you the chance will actually land on the valuable car, but you're chances are definitely better than winning the lottery.

Better Than New

  • Description and reward: Restore 14 Barn Finds in Mexico — 20 Gamerscore

Barn Finds are returning in Forza Horizon 5, and there looks to be 14 in total. As you likely guessed, the "Better Than New" Achievement is earned when you find and restore all 14 Forza Horizon 5 Barn Finds, which can take a considerable amount of time. You can refer to the aforementioned Barn Finds guide for a breakdown of every Barn Find that we discover, how to unlock them, and what car you'll earn for finding them.

Using the above guide may be a huge help, since FH5's Barn Finds can be unlocked in a variety of ways, from exploring the world, completing campaign missions, and even through dedicated Horizon Story side missions.

Mogul

  • Description and reward: Purchase all 7 Player Houses — 30 Gamerscore

There are seven player houses in Forza Horizon 5, which can all be earned in different ways. Refer to the aforementioned player houses guide for a breakdown of every player house in Forza Horizon 5, including its location and how you can acquire it. The first player house, Casa Bella, is given to players for free near the beginning of the game. However, other houses will require you to splash some cash, or some other method for unlocking.

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Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

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A new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta is here with more world gen tweaks

Possibly the last beta before Minecraft Live 2021 airs with brand-new announcements and reveals.

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios is currently releasing Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.0.21 to testers on Xbox, Windows, and Android devices.
  • While there aren't any exciting features here, this beta does include a number of fixes and changes, especially to world generation.
  • This is the second official beta for 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two, and is focused on polish and feature completion.
  • Minecraft Live 2021 is airing on Oct. 16, 2021, which should give us an update on when to expect the final public release.

Minecraft: Java Edition just grabbed a new snapshot, so it's time for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition to follow a day later. Mojang Studios is now releasing Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.0.21 to players enrolled in the beta program. There's not a ton to be excited about in the way of new features, here, but Mojang made sure to include plenty of bug fixes and improvements to make the experience more polished and smooth overall.

This is the second beta officially under 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update, which should be launching later this year (and possibly sooner rather than later). There are lots of changes to world generation included in this beta, mostly focusing on ensuring biomes and how they're generated in the world make sense.

Minecraft Live 2021 is airing on Oct. 16, 2021, meaning we don't have to wait long to learn about what's next for Minecraft and we can possibly expect to see 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two be released to the public.

Even without this massive update, though, Minecraft is still one of the best Xbox games, and boasts a huge collection of Minecraft toys and gifts to affirm its position as one of the greatest games ever made.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta 1.18.0.21 includes:

Features and bug fixes

World generation

  • Updated ore distribution to make branch mining deep down more rewarding
  • Non-cave biomes no longer change with height — so no more savannas in the sky and things like that
  • Tweaked the relative size of some biomes to match 1.17 a bit closer
  • Increased the average size of most biomes (this also means biomes aren't in the same places as before)
  • Fixed some aquifer issues (a side effect of this is that aquifers are in different places now compared to the last beta)
  • Slightly increased the frequency of underwater magma
  • Increased the amount of dungeons, especially below height 0
  • Gravel now generates below height 0
  • Villages are now slightly more spread out
  • Removed water lake features, as aquifers provide local water levels
  • Zombies once again spawn in dripstone caves — Drowned can also spawn there, however
  • Goats no longer spawn in stony peaks
  • Fixed shifted sub-chunks on Caves & Cliffs flat worlds
  • Hoodoos now generate in Eroded Badland biomes again
  • Strange pillars no longer generate below Eroded Badland biomes
  • Water and Lava springs now correctly generate at the expected frequency
  • Tweaked Frozen biomes blending
  • Canyons are now placed on the same height as on pre-1.18 world generation
  • Fixed issue with Copper Ore hanging mid-air in ravines

Actors

  • Lightning bolts do not have a shadow anymore

Blocks

  • Snow Grass Block and all types of Snow blocks now use similar colors

Bone meal

  • Nether Sprouts once again generate when using Bone Meal on Warped Nylium

Gameplay

  • Re-entering a Caves & Cliffs world when in a danger zone at a valid negative Y position no longer teleports player to positive Y
  • Copper Ore now drops 2 to 5 (from 2 to 3) Raw Copper items
  • In the Stonecutter, a Block of Copper can be converted to four Cut Copper

Player

  • Fixed player hitbox not resetting after gliding with Elytra
  • Fixed player flight with Elytra being canceled when hitting a wall and taking damage

Items

  • Ender Pearls no longer generate as Glow Sticks in Woodland Mansion chests

Mobs

  • Fixed an issue preventing Tropical Fish from spawning in Lush Caves

Particles

  • Water drips now trigger splash effects

User interface

  • Renamed some occurrences of "level" in the user interface to the more accurate "world"
  • When a value for a stepped slider does not correspond to a step it will display at the closest step
  • Replaced the missing "Always Day" option in world settings

Vanilla parity

  • Shield blocking animation now plays smoothly

Technical updates

General

  • Fixed caching support for subchunk requests where it would sometimes not use the cache
  • Fixed a versioning error with animation controllers that was causing the wrong schema to be utilized on marketplace worlds with an animation controller version 1.8.0

Android

  • Revved Android version to Google API 30

Commands

  • Added the /loot command with spawn loot overload

Experimental features

GameTest Framework

  • Added deltaTime read-only property to TickEvent which represents the time between the last Level tick in seconds

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Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons are celebrating the spooky season

Each game is celebrating this terrifying time in its own ways.

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (12:30 p.m. CT): Minecraft Dungeons' Spookier Fall event has started, with a corresponding free item from the Minecraft Marketplace

What you need to know

  • As we enter Oct. 2021, the year's spooky season is officially upon us, and many games don't want to be left out.
  • Both Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons have announced their respective Halloween celebrations, known as Spookyfest and Spookier Fall.
  • Spookyfest adds two new Minecraft Dungeons-inspired Character Creator items to the Marketplace, and a new free skin pack.
  • Spookier Fall will offer unique rewards and challenges in Minecraft Dungeons, and goes until Nov. 2, 2021.

October is already upon us, and for many that means the beginning of exciting and sometimes-macabre celebrations of spooky season. Mojang Studios isn't one to be left out, and is once again joining the festivities with two limited-time Minecraft events. Minecraft is gaining "Spookyfest," while Minecraft Dungeons celebrates with "Spookier Fall," a continuation of last year's Minecraft Dungeons Halloween event.

Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons both are some of the best Xbox games out there, so it makes plenty of sense that both should participate in a beloved holiday. We wouldn't be surprised if some spooky toys and gifts for both games started popping up, but for now we'll have to be content with their Halloween events.

Here's what you should know about the Spookfest and Spookier Fall events.

Minecraft

Minecraft's Spookyfest revolves around the Minecraft Marketplace, of course, with new limited-edition items being added to the storefront throughout the month of October. This does mean that Minecraft Spookyfest really only applies to Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, and not the legacy PC version, Java Edition. Here's what you need to know about Spookyfest.

  • On Oct. 13, a Minecraft Dungeons-inspired Character Creator item based on the Jack-O-Lantern, called Spooky Gourdian, will be added to the Marketplace, and will be free until Nov. 2
  • On Oct. 19 a Minecraft Dungeons-inspired Character Creator item based on the Cauldron will be added to the Marketplace, but will be a premium paid item
  • On Oct. 26, the Halloween Friends skin pack will be added to the Marketplace, and will be free until Nov. 2
  • If you purchase certain Minecraft items from certain websites, you can get a code for the Minecraft Crafty Costumes skin pack

Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons' Spookie Fall event is officially kicking off as of Oct. 13, 2021, and will last until Nov. 2. During the event, players will be able to tackle scary seasonal trials to earn exclusive rewards like the Cackling Broom, the Phantom Bow, and the Spooky Gourdian armor set. Players will have to keep their wits about them to come out on top, but can deck their character out with the limited time gear aftwerwards.

There will also be some Minecraft Character Creator items modeled after the Minecraft Dungeons Spookier Fall rewards, starting with the Spooky Gourdian that's now available.

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (12:30 p.m. CT) — Spookier Fall officially begins in Minecraft Dungeons with exclusive rewards

As Spookier Fall begins in Minecraft Dungeons, we finally learn what the horrifying event is all about. During the Spookier Fall event, players will be able to take on a variety of seasonal challenges and trials, for a chance at some sick loot and rewards. Players will have until Nov. 2 to see everything that Spookier Fall has to offer in Minecraft Dungeons.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

Ultimate collection

Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition

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Everything Dungeons and more.

Minecraft Dungeons has released a ridiculous amount of content since its launch, and now players can gain access to it all in one fell swoop with Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition, a value-driven bundle that includes the base game, all six DLC expansions released so far, and the Hero Pass DLC. If you already own Minecraft Dungeons, you can also get the Ultimate Edition add-on for all the DLC.

The latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot features a new background image

We're getting closer to the public release of Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, and even the main menu is taking note.

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios is making great progress on 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two, the next release for Minecraft.
  • Today, Minecraft: Java Edition players are getting the opportunity to test the latest snapshot, 21w41a.
  • Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w41a includes a handful of bug fixes and tweaks, and one minor but important update.
  • The background image for the main menu has been updated for 1.18, indicating we're near a public release later this year.

It's officially the week of Minecraft Live 2021, but that doesn't mean Mojang Studios is slowing down their normal Minecraft operations. Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w41a is now rolling out to anyone willing to test the early release, and includes further polish for 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two. There's also one additional minor change that signifies we're nearing a public release for this massive update.

The background image for the main menu of Minecraft: Java Edition has been updated to be in line with 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two. While this may seem insignificant, it is a milestone that normally occurs near the end of development for an update. The Caves and Cliffs Update is shaping up nicely, and is, hopefully, still on track to release before the end of 2021.

Minecraft: Java Edition is already one of the best PC games, and the Caves and Cliffs Update represents a massive improvement for the already excellent game. Be sure to tune into Minecraft Live 2021 on Oct. 16 to learn about the future of Minecraft, including the inspiration behind the next wave of Minecraft toys and gifts.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w41a includes:

Changes

  • The main menu backdrop now shows a Caves & Cliffs: Part II scene
  • Badlands mineshafts generate higher up
  • Geodes now only generate up to height 30 and their rarity has been adjusted to match 1.17 levels
  • The angle at which sprinting against a block does not break your sprint has been increased a bit

Technical changes

  • Changed the prioritization order of the chunk rendering pipeline
    • Unrendered chunk holes in the world should not appear anymore while flying fast with a high render distance
  • Server classes are now signed
  • New random number generator for Overworld generation

Fixed bugs

  • Item frame texture as an item uses texture of oak planks
  • Signs textures does not correspond to the actual texture of their handle
  • Campfire texture has one pixel extending into hotbar outline
  • The zombie villager "profession" texture uses villager-skin-colored pixels
  • Wither skull projectile has faces with old texture
  • Texture of door items does not match the blocks
  • Glitchy chunk rendering since 1.15 pre-release 2
  • Comparators lit base texture is incorrect
  • Enchanting table GUI uses old lapis texture
  • Parity Issue: Different Bedrock and Java sign items textures.
  • Misplaced pixel on cave vines texture
  • Glow Item Frame item texture is missing two pixels
  • Nether biomes don't generate correctly
  • Minecraft in 1.18 has 2^48 seeds instead of 2^64 seeds.
  • Worlds created with seed "REDApRES" (0) crash when trying to load new 1.18 mountain biomes / java.lang.NullPointerException: Cannot invoke "dfw.a(double, double, double)" because "this.a" is null
  • Snowy Slopes biome no longer generates stone cliff feature from experimental snapshots
  • Stone in jagged peaks is always covered by snow blocks
  • Axolotls aren't able to spawn at all in lush caves
  • InhabitedTime value / Local Difficulty doesn't increase

Here's how to watch this year's Minecraft Live, and what to expect

Minecraft Live is returning for another year, with something for every Minecraft fan.

Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world (some might even say Minecraft is the greatest game ever made, and every major announcement from the franchise ripples across the gaming community and its millions of Minecraft players. With the onset of the ongoing pandemic, Mojang Studios made an effort to shift its in-person Minecon event to the online-only Minecraft Live in 2020, which is returning for another year with all-new interviews, reveals, community events, and more. Minecraft Live 2021 is happening, and we've brought together everything you need to know about when the event starts, how you can watch, and what you can expect.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection)

Available everywhere you play

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

What is Minecraft Live 2021?

The debut Minecraft Live event was Minecraft Live 2020, which was where we learned about the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, the future of expansions for Minecraft Dungeons, like with the recently released Echoing Void DLC for Minecraft Dungeons, and more.

Minecraft Life is the one-stop shop for all the latest Minecraft-related news and announcements, and it rolls around once a year, courtesy of Mojang Studios. Because Minecraft Life is an online stream, absolutely anyone can tune in and participate in Minecraft Live events like the annual mob vote, where the Minecraft community can vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft in a future update.

Minecraft Live 2021 was officially announced by Mojang, and airs on Oct. 16, 2021. With Minecraft continuing to grow bigger and bigger, we're expecting some huge surprises and reveals during this year's Minecraft Live, so fans should definitely be looking forward to what'll be shown off during the event.

Mojang's products, like Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, are available practically everywhere, including Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and even Xbox Cloud Gaming, so practically everyone has a reason to tune into Minecraft Live 2021.

The future of some of the best Xbox games will be shared at Minecraft Live 2021, as well as possible inspiration for the next wave of best Minecraft toys and gifts.

How do I watch Minecraft Live 2021?

Minecraft Live 2021 is an online-only event, meaning you only need an internet-connected device to tune in and witness the event unfold. Minecraft Live 2021 officially begins on Oct. 16, 2021, at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CEST. You can check out the image above for even more specific time zones. We also know that Minecraft Live 2021 will feature a pre-show, but we currently don't have any details on when exactly that's expected to start. If we had to speculate, the Minecraft Live 2021 pre-show will likely begin approximately 30 minutes to one hour before the proper full show.

You can tune into Minecraft Live 2021 from the following locations:

What can I expect from Minecraft Live 2021?

Minecraft may be one game (two if you count Minecraft Dungeons), but the extended Minecraft brand is large enough to fill the entire year with news and updates. Minecraft Live is where Mojang Studios can collate the largest and most significant announcements into one place and deliver them to the Minecraft community, so you can expect the event to be full of news. It's hard to know exactly what to expect, but we do have a few ideas.

  • Interviews and commentary. Minecraft Live 2021 will feature a variety of interviews and commentary from Mojang Studios team members, community members, and even (apparently) a few surprise appearances.
  • An update on the Caves and Cliffs Update. The Caves and Cliffs Update was tragically split into two parts, and the smaller first part has already been released. The more major second half is expected before the end of the year, and is still in active development at Mojang Studios. Expect a hefty update on the progress of 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, any new features or changes to the original plan, and (maybe) even a release date.
  • A new mob vote. Mob votes are commonplace at Mojang events, where the studio tasks the Minecraft community with voting for one of the next mobs to be added to the game. Last year's mob vote ended with the glow squid as the victor, and another mob vote is coming in Minecraft Live 2021. We're already learning about the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, and we'll continue to update that post as more details emerge (and the vote takes place!).
  • An update on Minecraft Dungeons. Minecraft Dungeons just concluded its epic Arch-Illager saga with its latest DLC, as well as the release of Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition. At first glance, it looks like Minecraft Dungeons has reached its end, but that's not the case. Mojang has hinted that big things are in store for Minecraft Dungeons in the future, so it's possible we'll get a sneak peek at what's to come during Minecraft Live 2021.
  • The next Minecraft update. Minecraft is always moving forward, so there's inevitably another update planning to follow after the Caves and Cliffs Update enjoys its moment in the spotlight. We don't have any details on what this update could be, yet, but there's a good chance we'll learn what's coming to Minecraft in 2022 and beyond at Minecraft Live 2021.
  • Other reveals and announcements. It's no secret that Mojang Studios is a massive studio, and it's undoubtedly working on other projects and products that we haven't seen yet. There's a chance we may get to see some of these secret projects during this year's Minecraft Live 2021, especially as "surprise reveals" are being teased. I did recently discuss what other games Mojang could be making, any one of which may become reality one day. Don't hold your breath, though, as nothing has been confirmed.
  • Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S? I hear you; we all want to hear what's going on with Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S, especially when it comes to ray tracing. I've previously written about how Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S is disappointing, and little has changed since then. Unfortunately, we haven't seen any indication that this mysterious update is even officially planned, let alone if it'll appear during Minecraft Live 2021. This may be one of the "surprise reveals" mentioned earlier, or it may not appear at all. We'll have to wait and see.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons are both already included in Xbox Game Pass.

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has now introduced the 'copper golem' mob

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has already begun to share information.

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (10:15 a.m. CT): Mojang Studios has revealed the third mob in the Mob Vote, the button-loving 'copper golem'

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT): Mojang Studios has revealed the always-collecting 'allay' for the Mob Vote

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Live 2021 brings news, announcements, and reveals to the Minecraft community on Oct. 16, 2021.
  • Part of the event is the annual Mob Vote, which lets the community vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft.
  • This year's vote will feature three brand-new mobs, and Mojang Studios has already begun to tease the options.
  • The three mobs featured in this year's Mob Vote is the glare, the allay, and the copper golem, each of which have unique attributes.

While Mojang Studios continues to work hard on Part Two of the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, they're also preparing to showcase the future of Minecraft with the arrival of Minecraft Live 2021. Part of this year's event is the continuation of the annual Mob Vote, which will let the wider Minecraft community for their favorite of three brand-new Minecraft mobs. The winner will be added to Minecraft in a future update!

Ahead of Minecraft Live 2021, which officially airs on Oct. 16, 2021, Mojang has begun to tease and reveal the mob options. The first to be announced is the grumpy glare, but the other two will be shown off over the course of the week before Minecraft Live 2021. We'll be updated this post with the mobs as we learn of them, and the results of the vote during Minecraft Live 2021, so be sure to tune in.

We've discussed in depth why Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and is certainly one of the best Xbox games, and a good part of that is Mojang's commitment to constant improvement.

During Minecraft Live 2021, we'll see progress on 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, the future of Minecraft Dungeons, the next major update for Minecraft, the Mob Vote, interviews and more, and maybe even a look at what Mojang Studios is working on next. Of course, we'll also probably see the inspiration for the next wave of Minecraft toys and gifts.

Here are the mobs featured in the Mob Vote at Minecraft Live 2021.

Glare

The glare is an adorable grumpy mob that can apparently be of great use to players. These leafy creatures aren't dangerous to players, and can actually give a warning when there's a danger of hostile mobs spawning in the area. Minecraft recently changed how mob spawning works, so hostile mobs only spawn in complete darkness, and glares will let players know if an area is too dark. We don't know much else about their behaviors or abilities, but they certainly look the part!

Allay

The allay is the second mob to be added to Minecraft Live 2021's annual Mob Vote, and looks to be an exciting and unique addition. This equally adorable alternative to the glare is friendly to players, absolutely loves music and dancing, and has a useful behavior! If you give an allay an item, it'll go off to collect similar items that have been dropped on the ground and return them to you. A friend that constantly brings you presents? The allay makes a good case for itself ahead of the Mob Vote.

Copper golem

The copper golem is the final mob in Minecraft Live 2021's Mob Vote, and, like the other two options, gives players a ton of reasons to vote for it. The copper golem is actually crafted by players out of pure copper, and, like other copper pieces, oxidizes over time until it freezes into a statue. Copper golems are full of energy, and absolutely love to push copper buttons (regardless of what they do). That's right, copper buttons would also be added to Minecraft if the copper golem was voted in.

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT) — The 'allay' is the second mob featured in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

Mojang Studios has now revealed the 'allay,' a friendly mob that loves music, and enjoys collecting similar items and dropping them off near music blocks. You can watch the allay's reveal trailer for the Mob Vote up above, and learn a little bit more about what makes this particular mob special.

Update, Oct. 13, 2021 (10:15 a.m. CT) — The 'copper golem' is the final mob featured in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

The third and final mob in this year's Mob Vote is the 'copper golem,' another friendly mob that is actually crafted by players out of pure copper. These energetic friends oxidize over time, love pushing the brand-new copper buttons, and in general are a lot of fun to have around.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5's map

More area to explore, more diverse environments, and the best visuals yet.

Open world games encapsulate a wide variety of titles from different genres, with each game placing importance on their expansive worlds and how players are able to explore them. Forza Horizon 5 is one such game, and Playground Games is poised to deliver their largest, most diverse, and most detailed open world yet with the next entry in its Forza Horizon franchise. If what we've seen so far of Forza Horizon 5's incredible-looking map can be applied across the board, Forza Horizon 5 is already in the running to join our list of best Xbox racing games.

Here's everything you need to know about the map and location for Forza Horizon 5.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Open-world racing games are difficult to pull off successfully, and no developer has mastered the genre like Playground Games with its exceptional Forza Horizon franchise. Forza Horizon titles are semi-simulation arcade racers with a focus on incredible visuals, beautiful and detailed worlds, and accessible gameplay that can satisfy veteran racers and newcomers alike. The next entry in this legendary series is none other than Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 4 was practically perfect, but Playground looks to have considered community feedback and improved upon Forza Horizon 5's predecessor in practically every way. Forza Horizon 5 will feature the largest and most diverse world yet, more customization and accessibility for cars and players, and so much more. The Forza Horizon 5 car list is set to be the series' biggest yet, as well.

We continue to round up the latest on Forza Horizon 5, while our Forza Horizon 5 buying guide rounds up the details on FH5's different editions and how to preorder. We also previewed Forza Horizon 5, and discovered this racing game has what it takes actually to deliver on all its ambitious promises.

Forza Horizon 5 releases on Nov. 9, 2021, for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Forza Horizon 5 is even going to be available through Xbox Game Pass starting on day one.

Where is the location for Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon games have always emphasized their expansive open worlds, making them as interesting as possible for the players racing through them. The decision for where a Forza Horizon game will be placed concludes early in development, and affects practically every aspect of the game, including the car list, soundtrack, story, characters, and the world-building details that make Forza Horizon games more authentic and real-feeling than many other titles.

For Forza Horizon 5, Playground Games wanted to build their largest and most diverse open world yet, which is why Forza Horizon 5 is located in Mexico. Initial rumors and community chatter suggested Forza Horizon 5 may arrive in either Mexico or Japan, but the more prevalent rumors prevailed and FH5 was confirmed to be heading back to North America, this time in Mexico.

Many in the community initially lamented this decision as an apparent "downgrade" from the possibilities contained within Japan, especially as many assumed Mexico to be primarily desert, but Forza Horizon 5 is shirking all of these expectations. Mexico is a massive country, containing a myriad of different regions and ecosystems, and is the perfect locale for Playground to build its most varied world ever. Forza Horizon 5's rendition of Mexico will feature 11 distinct biomes, the highest point in any Forza Horizon game so far, dynamic and localized weather, the return of seasons, and feature several real-world locations, including cities and even ancient ruins.

This is in stark contrast to Forza Horizon 4, which was set in the United Kingdom. While incredible in its own right, FH4's open world came under fire from players for being too uniform. Despite featuring gorgeous British hamlets, rolling countrysides and fields, and plenty of natural landmarks, Forza Horizon 4 simply lacked variety when compared to its predecessor, which was exasperated by weather and seasons that applied to the entire map at once. With FH5, Playground refuses to repeat the same mistakes.

Everything we've seen of Forza Horizon 5's open world looks breathtakingly beautiful, highlighted by the visual upgrades FH5 enjoys and offers a ton of environments to tear through in a race, leisurely explore, or anything in between. In fact, we went on a road trip through Forza Horizon 5 and immediately fell in love with its absolutely incredible world.

You can see many of the environments featured in FH5 below.

Every Forza Horizon location

No two Forza Horizon games are alike, with Playground Games slowly exploring more locations across the globe with every iteration. Forza Horizon 5 ups the ante by being larger, more detailed, and more diverse than any Forza Horizon title that came before it, but that doesn't mean the older games are meaningless. For reference, here's where every Forza Horizon game so far has been located.

  • Forza Horizon: Colorado
  • Forza Horizon 2: Southern Europe
  • Forza Horizon 3: Australia
  • Forza Horizon 4: United Kingdom
  • Forza Horizon 5: Mexico

Real-world locations in Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5's map is based on Mexico, but it's obviously not a one-to-one representation, and as such, Playground has condensed, renamed, and moved things around to design the perfect car-based sandbox. Many of the locations you can explore in Forza Horizon 5 sport generic Spanish names, even if they lose nothing in detail or authentic Hispanic representation. Still, there are several real-world locations that have been translated in Forza Horizon 5's rendition of Mexico.

Guanajuato

Guanajuato is one of the more infamous cities in Mexico, and certainly earns a place on the shortlist for "world's most beautiful cities." Characterized by bright, vivid architecture and colors, and winding, maze-like roads and tunnels, Guanajuato is a dream come true for car fanatics and drift experts. Playground captured the vast landscape of alternating colors and twisting, intricate network of streets and adapted it to Forza Horizon 5 to build a massive urban sandbox for players to race around.

Guanajuato was built long before cars existed, and therefore is paradoxically extremely fun to race around. From what we've seen of Guanajuato in Forza Horizon 5, it looks true to life and should be one of the most memorable locations in all of Forza Horizon 5.

Ancient ruins

Beyond the vibrant and deep modern Mexican culture that dominates the country is a smattering of ancient ruins from civilizations long gone. Instead of overlooking these incredible archaeological marvels, Playground has brought several of these ruins into Forza Horizon 5 as locations players can actually visit and race through. We've actually seen one of these ruins in gameplay footage of Forza Horizon 5, and even translated through a video exploring the ruins looks to be an almost haunting experience (aside from the high-speed racing and performance vehicles).

Forza Horizon 5 will feature four ancient ruins that we know of, mostly centering around the extinct Mayan civilization that once dominated the country long before Mexico ever existed. This includes Ek Balam (the Mayan temple we've seen in trailers), Tulum, Uxmal, and the Mesoamerican city Teotihuacán (famed for its "Avenue of the Dead" that runs through the entire city).

Towns & settlements

Guanajuato has already been confirmed to be the largest urban city in Forza Horizon 5, but Playground has taken it one step further by including other towns and settlements in their version of Mexico. These towns are much smaller in size, but still remain faithful to their real-world counterparts all the way down to the fine details, and can be great places for players to discover beautiful murals from one of the seven artists featured in FH5.

One of the towns we've seen is Mulegé, a wonderful little town featuring Mexico's iconic multicolored architecture, and will include at least one intense street race that weaves around the town and through neighborhoods. Playground Games delivers award-winning open-worlds with their attention to detail, and some of Mexico's greatest stories come from places like Mulegé.

What is the full map for Forza Horizon 5?

For weeks after Forza Horizon 5's initial reveal, players were left to scrounge for details and scraps of information from trailers, streams, and social media teasers. Finally, during Let's Go! Episode 5, Playground showed off the full Forza Horizon 5 map in all of its entirety, which you can see above. If you want to see the map in greater detail, you can select it to zoom in.

FH5's map is expectantly massive and features a number of noticeably different regions across the map. The map that Playground chose to show off is Forza Horizon 5 during Summer in the Wet Season, so the map will presumably change to reflect the world, depending on the season. On the map, you can see many of Forza Horizon 5's roads and locations, including the towering volcano that dominated the map, and the exciting stadium that may be home to many EventLab creations from players.

Barn Finds

We knew that Forza Horizon 5 would once again feature the infamous Barn Finds for players to discover scattered all around the map, and we believe (thanks to the Forza Horizon 5 Achievements list), that there are 14 in total to unlock. Thankfully, we're keeping track of every Forza Horizon 5 Barn Find location and how to unlock them, making it easy for players who might be struggling to find them all.

Player houses

Just like with Barn Finds, player houses are returning in FH5, and we know how many there are because of Forza Horizon 5's Achievements. There are seven player houses for players to buy or otherwise obtain, with each effectively being another Festival Site to access your garage, customize your cars and character, and more. We're monitoring all the Forza Horizon 5 player houses we find, including where they're located and how you can pick them up for yourself.

What is Horizon Adventure in Forza Horizon 5?

During Forza Horizon 5's Let's Go! Episode 7 stream, we learned a ton about how the campaign in FH5 is going to work. Everything players will set out to accomplish will revolve around their Horizon Adventure, a multi-faceted journey that features thousands of potential paths to reach the end, and each one is just as valid as the others.

Alongside all of this tasty information, Playground showed off the Horizon Adventure map. This is a stylized, more cartoonish version of the Forza Horizon 5 map that splits the game into various regions, one for each Horizon Festival site, with landmarks, cute references and jokes, and clues hidden all over the map. While the main FH5 map will help players navigate this large and beautiful world, the Horizon Adventure map will help players navigate their own personal journey through the game.

You can see most of the Horizon Festival sites that correspond to the Horizon Adventure map below.

How big is the map for Forza Horizon 5?

Playground Games has made some lofty claims about Forza Horizon 5's map, mostly to drive home that it's larger and features manifold regions and locations over Forza Horizon 4. Everything we've seen of FH5 so far only further confirms these claims, but some of you may desire more concrete proof. Fortunately, thanks to @DonJoewonSong via Twitter, we have a side-by-side comparison of Forza Horizon 5 versus Forza Horizon 4.

Of course, this is a rough estimation based on information we know about both games, so it may not be exact. Still, this should provide a great visual representation of how much bigger FH5 is over its predecessor. If you want the numbers, FH4's map comes in at approximately 71km squared, while FH5 expands upon that with approximately 107km squared. The difference is noticeable, and should give players plenty to do in Forza Horizon 5 when it releases.

Will the world change over time in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon games have always featured beautiful worlds, but they often feel very stale or unmoving. With Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games introduced seasons, which drastically altered the world over time. Even here, though, the seasons became predictable and stale after a while. So is Playground upping their game in Forza Horizon 5, and will the world continue to change over time? The answer is yes, and for multiple reasons.

  • Seasons are much more diverse. Rather than blanket changes to the map, Forza Horizon 5's seasons will alter the map to varying degrees depending on your location. This means snow on the volcano mountainside in winter, while the tropical coast remains warm. This means some areas of the map may only be available during certain seasons, and will be flooded in others. There are 11 different biomes and four different seasons, and they'll all interact with one another in different ways.
  • Dynamic weather events. Forza Horizon 5 will also feature dynamic weather events, such as sandstorms and tropical storms, which will periodically appear and dramatically change the landscape. These weather events are dependent on the environment and season, so they won't always appear in the same place.
  • The Festival Playlist evolves the world. Arguably the most important change, Forza Horizon 5's Festival Playlist will actually alter the world over time. As revealed during FH5's Let's Go! Episode 9 stream, while Series 1 will kick off on an unaltered FH5 map, Series 2 a month later will introduce festive Holiday-themed items like snowmen, decorations, and more. As the Festival Playlist continues, Playground will persist in changing and updating the world.
    • These changes can be both temporary changes (like seasonal events) or permanent additions to FH5's world, and will evolve as the community evolves

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Amazon (Xbox physical) $60 at Steam (PC)

An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

Vrooms included

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The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has now introduced the 'allay' mob

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has already begun to share information.

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT): Mojang Studios has revealed always-collecting 'allay' for the Mob Vote

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Live 2021 brings news, announcements, and reveals to the Minecraft community on Oct. 16, 2021.
  • Part of the event is the annual Mob Vote, which lets the community vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft.
  • This year's vote will feature three brand-new mobs, and Mojang Studios has already begun to tease the options.
  • The first potential mob in this year's Mob Vote is the 'glare,' a helpful mob that lets you know if it's dark enough for hostile mobs to spawn.

While Mojang Studios continues to work hard on Part Two of the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, they're also preparing to showcase the future of Minecraft with the arrival of Minecraft Live 2021. Part of this year's event is the continuation of the annual Mob Vote, which will let the wider Minecraft community for their favorite of three brand-new Minecraft mobs. The winner will be added to Minecraft in a future update!

Ahead of Minecraft Live 2021, which officially airs on Oct. 16, 2021, Mojang has begun to tease and reveal the mob options. The first to be announced is the grumpy glare, but the other two will be shown off over the course of the week before Minecraft Live 2021. We'll be updated this post with the mobs as we learn of them, and the results of the vote during Minecraft Live 2021, so be sure to tune in.

We've discussed in depth why Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and is certainly one of the best Xbox games, and a good part of that is Mojang's commitment to constant improvement.

During Minecraft Live 2021, we'll see progress on 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, the future of Minecraft Dungeons, the next major update for Minecraft, the Mob Vote, interviews and more, and maybe even a look at what Mojang Studios is working on next. Of course, we'll also probably see the inspiration for the next wave of Minecraft toys and gifts.

Here are the mobs featured in the Mob Vote at Minecraft Live 2021.

Glare

The glare is an adorable grumpy mob that can apparently be of great use to players. These leafy creatures aren't dangerous to players, and can actually give a warning when there's a danger of hostile mobs spawning in the area. Minecraft recently changed how mob spawning works, so hostile mobs only spawn in complete darkness, and glares will let players know if an area is too dark. We don't know much else about their behaviors or abilities, but they certainly look the part!

Allay

The allay is the latest mob to be added to Minecraft Live 2021's annual Mob Vote, and looks to be an exciting and unique addition. This equally adorable alternative to the glare is friendly to players, absolutely loves music and dancing, and has a useful behavior! If you give an allay an item, it'll go off to collect similar items that have been dropped on the ground and return them to you. A friend that constantly brings you presents? The allay makes a good case for itself ahead of the Mob Vote.

Update, Oct. 12, 2021 (10:25 a.m. CT) — The 'allay' is the second mob featured in the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote

Mojang Studios has now revealed the 'allay,' a friendly mob that loves music, and enjoys collecting similar items and dropping them off near music blocks. You can watch the allay's reveal trailer for the Mob Vote up above, and learn a little bit more about what makes this particular mob specia.

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

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Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

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From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has already introduced the 'glare' mob

The Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote has already begun to share information.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Live 2021 brings news, announcements, and reveals to the Minecraft community on Oct. 16, 2021.
  • Part of the event is the annual Mob Vote, which lets the community vote on a new mob to be added to Minecraft.
  • This year's vote will feature three brand-new mobs, and Mojang Studios has already begun to tease the options.
  • The first potential mob in this year's Mob Vote is the 'glare,' a helpful mob that lets you know if it's dark enough for hostile mobs to spawn.

While Mojang Studios continues to work hard on Part Two of the Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft, they're also preparing to showcase the future of Minecraft with the arrival of Minecraft Live 2021. Part of this year's event is the continuation of the annual Mob Vote, which will let the wider Minecraft community for their favorite of three brand-new Minecraft mobs. The winner will be added to Minecraft in a future update!

Ahead of Minecraft Live 2021, which officially airs on Oct. 16, 2021, Mojang has begun to tease and reveal the mob options. The first to be announced is the grumpy glare, but the other two will be shown off over the course of the week before Minecraft Live 2021. We'll be updated this post with the mobs as we learn of them, and the results of the vote during Minecraft Live 2021, so be sure to tune in.

We've discussed in depth why Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and is certainly one of the best Xbox games, and a good part of that is Mojang's commitment to constant improvement.

During Minecraft Live 2021, we'll see progress on 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, the future of Minecraft Dungeons, the next major update for Minecraft, the Mob Vote, interviews and more, and maybe even a look at what Mojang Studios is working on next. Of course, we'll also probably see the inspiration for the next wave of Minecraft toys and gifts.

Here are the mobs featured in the Mob Vote at Minecraft Live 2021.

Glare

The glare is an adorable grumpy mob that can apparently be of great use to players. These leafy creatures aren't dangerous to players, and can actually give a warning when there's a danger of hostile mobs spawning in the area. Minecraft recently changed how mob spawning works, so hostile mobs only spawn in complete darkness, and glares will let players know if an area is too dark. We don't know much else about their behaviors or abilities, but they certainly look the part!

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Here's every house in Forza Horizon 5 and how to obtain them

Forza Horizon 5 features multiple houses that players can own and use, and each one is unique.

As if it wasn't already enough for Forza Horizon 5 to fill its world with countless events, races, challenges, and secrets, Playground Games' open-world racer also features several player houses scattered across the map. These homes are safe havens for players, letting them customize their cars, characters, and more while away from the already numerous Festival Sites. FH5 features seven different player houses for players to find and obtain, with each one being unique in its own way.

With so many houses to find and obtain, collecting them all can be a daunting task. Here's what you need to know about the player houses in Forza Horizon 5.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

The Forza Horizon franchise is a long-running series of open-world racers, culminating in the epic and grandiose Forza Horizon 5 from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios. To an almost unbelievable degree, Forza Horizon 5 expands upon its predecessor with its largest and most diverse map yet and a car list that includes hundreds upon hundreds of the world's best vehicles and automobiles.

Improvements don't stop there, however, as Forza Horizon 5 proves it's not just another racing game by including innumerable improvements to inclusivity, accessibility, creativity, and much more. This game is frankly absurdly huge, to the point where it features seven individual houses for players to acquire and use throughout their time in-game.

Forza Horizon 5 is already slated to be one of the best Xbox racing games ever, and is available to preorder ahead of its release date on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 for those who preorder the Premium Edition).

When it releases, FH5 will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

What are player houses in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 features a ton of ways to upgrade, tune, customize, and view your cars and car collection, as well as personalize your in-game character's face, hair, prosthetics, pronouns, clothing, and accessories. All of this and more can be done through one of the seven Horizon Festival Sites scattered throughout the world, but players can also obtain another way to accomplish these tasks and show off their proficiency at FH5: player houses.

According to Forza Horizon 5's Achievements list, there are a total of seven player houses in FH5, each of which will look unique and require different methods of unlocking. Since there's an Achievement and bragging rights on the line in exchange for acquiring all of these houses, players are undoubtedly going to be on the lookout for how to accomplish exactly that.

If you're more practical, Forza Horizon 5's houses don't provide too much benefit beyond having yet more places around the map to fast travel and do Festival-related tasks. That being said, just those two perks are at least worth having a few houses here and there. We'll continue to update this guide as we find and unlock more houses ourselves.

Where is every player house in Forza Horizon 5?

With seven player houses around the Forza Horizon 5 rendition of Mexico, it's understandably not immediately obvious where every home is located. We'll be sure to update this guide with every house we find and obtain in Forza Horizon 5, starting with the first (free) house that's gifted to players at the beginning of the game.

Here's every player house and where it's located in Forza Horizon 5.

Casa Bella

Every player will be gifted one player house at some point during the beginning of the game, and it's the turning point beyond which players typically have complete unfettered access to the world and its campaign. The house, known as "Casa Bella," is an adorable and modest affair adorned with a bright pastel pink and an incredibly charming boxy design. Honestly, I'd be happy to live here in the real world, and it looks incredible in Forza Horizon 5.

The house is located in the town of Mulegé, and is pretty easy to find. Fortunately, you won't have to look too hard to find it. Once you reach the first Horizon Adventure chapter, which happens after you complete the first Showdown and complete some Accolades (for finishing races, taking pictures, exploring, and more), Ramiro will invite you to Mulegé to begin the next chapter of your journey.

You'll be directed to head straight here, and then Ramiro will generously gift you Casa Bella. Afterward, you'll be able to return to Casa Bella whenever you want and take advantage of all its functions, including checking out your car and character outside (which might make for some great pictures!).

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Amazon (Xbox physical) $60 at Steam (PC)

An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Here's every Barn Find in Forza Horizon 5, and how to find them

Forza Horizon 5's Barn Finds contain something special for every player.

In Forza Horizon 5, players will be greeted by a colossal amount of content in which to partake, much of which revolves around exploring the colorful open world. However, one of the biggest features that excite players when they enter a Forza Horizon game is the inclusion of Barn Finds. Much like their real-world counterparts, Barn Finds involve finding classic gems abandoned by time, and restoring them to their previous glory. In Forza Horizon 5, players will have over 10 Barn Finds to discover and restore.

These Barn Finds can be tricky to, well, find, especially since many of them have specific unlock requirements or only appear at certain times. Here's everything you need to know about Barn Finds in Forza Horizon 5.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Amazon (Xbox physical) $60 at Steam (PC)

An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is an expansive open-world racing game from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios, and represents the latest entry in the popular franchise. With their latest title, Playground is really aiming to knock it out of the park with more options and content than ever before. Forza Horizon 5 isn't quite like other racing games, and grants players unprecedented levels of freedom and choice.

Where Forza Horizon titles truly stand above the rest is their worlds, and the Forza Horizon 5 map is no different. This world, set in Mexico, changes and evolves over time, and is by far the largest map ever featured in a Forza Horizon title. There's so much to explore, and every inch may have something new for you to discover (including Barn Finds!).

Forza Horizon 5 releases on Nov. 9, 2021, for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

If you want to gain early access to FH5, or you're just really excited, Forza Horizon 5 is also now available to preorder. If Forza Horizon 5 delivers on even half of its ambitious promises, it'll still likely be one of the best Xbox racing games you can play.

What are Barn Finds in Forza Horizon 5?

In the real world, "barn find" refers to finding an old classic vehicle and restoring it. In Forza Horizon 5, the answer is pretty similar, as Barn Finds are legendary classics hidden throughout the world. These cars need to be tracked down and recovered from the dilapidated homes they're abandoned in, and then restored to their former glory. By seeking out Barn Finds, FH5 players can augment their collection with hidden entries on the Forza Horizon 5 car list, providing a lot of incentive to explore wherever you go.

Forza Horizon 5's Barn Finds behave a little differently than in previous Forza Horizon games. Just like before, Barn Finds can be "revealed" by exploring the map and at different times or seasons. However, some Barn Finds in Forza Horizon 5 can only be discovered by doing specific things, by completing Horizon Stories, and more. This time around, Barn Finds are more contextual and more varied than ever before.

Of course, this also means it can be difficult to know how to obtain every Barn Find, especially if you're aiming to fill out your car collection. Fortunately, we're keeping track of everything you need to know about discovering every Barn Find in FH5, and what cars you can expect to earn from them.

We know there are at least 10 Barn Finds in FH5, according to Playground Games, but the Forza Horizon 5 Achievements list reveals that there may be a total of 14 Barn Finds. We'll continue to update this guide as we discover every Barn Find.

Where is every Barn Find in Forza Horizon 5?

There may be up to 14 Barn Finds in Forza Horizon 5, and every single one may have different requirements for revealing it, challenges to finding it, and cars to restore at the end of it. We'll continually update this guide until we've discovered every Barn Find and how to unlock them, starting with the first Barn Find most players will be exposed to in Forza Horizon 5.

Here's every Barn Find and how to discover them in Forza Horizon 5.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle "Vocho"

One of the first Barn Finds that appears in Forza Horizon 5 is one that gifts players with the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, commonly referred to as the "Vocho" in Mexico. This is a legendary and beloved automobile in Mexican car culture, and this particular bug has an even more sentimental story behind it. That's because the first Barn Find in Forza Horizon 5 requires players to play through the "Vocho" Horizon Story, one of the many side missions that populates the FH5 map.

Vocho is offered as one of two Horizon Story choices near the beginning of the game. Don't worry, if you happen to choose the other Story first, you'll be able to play Vocho later on. The first chapter of this Story has you and Alejandra, the mechanic that will help you upgrade and restore your cars in FH5, travel outside of Mulegé to try to track down a long-lost Volkswagen Beetle that once belonged to a close family member of Alejandra. The following chapters likely continue the tale of restoring the Vocho, but we don't know quite yet.

Above, you can see exactly where the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle "Vocho" Barn Find is located, but you probably won't need this map. As part of the Horizon Story, you're led straight to the barn under Alejandra's direction. While it may be strange for some players to unlock a Barn Find through a story-focused side mission, it's certainly a bit easier than exploring aimlessly through a vague circular area on the map.

We'll update this as we learn more about how to restore the Vocho fully, and if playing through the different chapters in the "Vocho" Horizon Story is necessary to do so.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Amazon (Xbox physical) $60 at Steam (PC)

An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

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