Last year, Playground Games introduced a new mode for Forza Horizon 4 called Super7. The mode allowed you to tackle unique driving challenges created by the community. Combined with the Blueprint Builder and Route Creator, players could really unleash their creativity, placing ramps, tubes, and wild inclines all around the United Kingdom.
Super7 was just the beginning though, an experiment meant to carry forward into Forza Horizon 5. This year’s open-world racing experience not only sees the return of Super7, but also the new, expanded EventLab. The brief snippets of EventLab shown earlier this year took place in an arena space with giant bowling pins to knock over and jump pads to launch your car into the air. Playground Games promises a lot of flexibility in EventLab, including the ability to change gravity itself.
We asked Forza Horizon 5 creative director Mike Brown if EventLab was going to be stuck inside the arena space, or if players would be able to build anywhere, similar to Forza Horizon 4‘s Super7 challenges.
“We built the arena in part to facilitate a blank canvas with which to build upon, but you can actually build everywhere,” says Brown. “There are some areas that have annoying-placed invisible walls to stop you from getting at the crowd, which is an issue that creators will have to workaround. But other than that, you can build wherever you want.”
Brown also confirms that Super7 was just a test for what the developer had planned for Forza Horizon 5. “We were trying things out with Super7,” he admits. “When we talked about it being experimental, we wanted players to have a go at that toolset, see the sort of stuff that they created. Those learnings have then come into EventLab. A lot of the tools that launched as part of Super7 are now a subset of the overall feature set of EventLab.”
Forza Horizon 5 is looking to be a user-created free-for-all in addition to all the events that Playground Games has crafted for the sunny shores and dense jungles of Mexico. If you want to learn more about what it’s like to drive around Mexico in a Mercedes AMG One, you can check out our preview of the game’s early hours. Forza Horizon 5 is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Series X, and Windows PCs on November 5, 2021.