Ever since Playground Games has gotten started talking and promoting the next game in the Forza series, the aspect that excites me the most is the Forza Horizon 5 Events Lab. It’s a tool that will ship with the game that lets you create and design your own gameplay modes. And it seems that creative director Mike Brown shares my passion.
“This is one of the features that, as a game designer, I’m most excited about,” said Brown in an interview with Eurogamer. “It’s actually based on our internal design tools. We’ve had to take those tools, which were very much meant for game developers and get them fit for consumption by our players.”
“It’s a rule-based system where you put in: when this happens, this is the outcome, when this happens with these conditions, then this is the action,” he explained. “In the video that we saw yesterday, there’s quite a lot of rules in play. Some of the ones that are probably easiest to understand is the creator has placed all those bowling pins, and then attached a rule to those bowling pins that every time a car hits one, it adds 5000 points to the group score.”
It’s when Brown added, “The rules can do other things as well, like, make the car get heavier, or reduce gravity,” that he got my interest. If they can add more than just gravity alteration in the physics tweaking department, you can bet I’ll be putting some time in the Forza Horizon 5 Events Lab to build the wackiest gameplay modes. The sky or whatever will get one of my videos on Highlight Reel is the limit.
Brown said that the dev will be looking out for creations they can promote or add to the Festival Playlist. Not that Forza Horizon 4 was ever short on gameplay modes. I admittedly bounced off the game due to the fact that I have the attention span of a gnat and wanted to play it, Motorsport, Dirt 5 and Burnout Paradise at the same time on Xbox Game Pass. Surely that wasn’t my fault.
Forza Horizon 5 was announced at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase last weekend. It is slated for release on November 9, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. As is typical of Microsoft’s first-party exclusives, it will also be available to subscribers of Xbox Game Pass on day one. If you want to learn more about the game, consider reading the rest of the Eurogamer interview.