- ForzaHorizon 5 received a major update, for the first time since mid-December;
- Among other things, the update improved server stability, added the option to edit works from the Professions Lab and improved graphics on PC;
- Players are angry at the game’s developers for eliminating “exploits” related to draws.
Forza Horizon 5 hasn’t received a patch since mid-December, and problems have only increased during this time. This situation has finally changed – The game received a major To update, ahead of the Series 4 launch tomorrow. I wrote about new content and other attractions prepared for February last week. Today I’m going to focus on the fixes the update brought… and the community’s reaction to the changes – mostly negative.
What does the new update fix?
The patch notes are quite extensive – the list consists of dozens of entries. Most of them concern minor bug fixes, but there are also some “big” changes:
- In the foreground is the the ability to edit works created with EventLab. Nothing prevents us from making adjustments to published templates anymore.
- Equally important the increased stability of servers, so that players experience sudden disconnections as little as possible…
- …but should such a situation arise, at least the skill combination that has just been cranked out will no longer be interrupted.
- Improved graphics. PC users playing on ultra settings should see nicer textures and vegetation in the distance.
- Several awards have been unlocked that were previously unobtainable due to bugs.
- It should no longer be difficult to find friends in the online player list.
- Fixed bug that caused progress resets on Forzathon Weekly Challenges.
- Convertibles are no longer unnaturally dark in the cockpit view.
- Shuffle-related “exploits” were eliminated… and this point angered the community.
Why are players not happy about the changes?
player I dont agree – to say the least – with the definition of the word “exploit” used by Playground Games. The changes to the draws were felt on two levels:
- The prize money that can be won in Draws and Superdraws has been significantly reduced (1000, 2000 and 5000 credits have been added).
- Removed the ability to earn ties and super draws through individual car skill trees (this applies to most or even almost all models).
While the developer has returned the Merit Points spent on the removed perks back to players, the community no longer sees a use for them; They also feel they are not treated fairly. A lot of people complain that everything in the game is expensive (or at least a lot of the content) and they’ve just lost a major source of income – and a good time that didn’t hurt anyone.
In addition, Users have pointed out burning issues that existed in FH5 for a long time but not solved yet – such as B. Cheaters posting results in the leaderboards, the game “freezes” for a few seconds when starting a 1v1 race in Eliminator mode, car lights do not work properly after a network race, occasional “crashes” in the paint editor and much more.
Speaking of disappointments, remember the mysterious Volkswagen Golf R theme to be included in the car pass for February? It turns out it will be the 2021 model (and not 2019) after all, but… not the 8th gen. We will get a 7th generation after a facelift, which is very similar to the car that has been around for a long time violence Standard (Golf R from 2014). Not the best choice for paid content.
Perhaps it would be easier for players to swallow the changes (or lack thereof) if the cars added in Series 4 were… more impressive?
What does Series 5 bring?
More improvements in the first place. For example, Playground Games is still working to compensate players who were unable to complete various Festival playlist activities in the past few weeks due to bugs (e.g., a Treasure Hunt that required goals to be scored). The developer also takes care of at least the already mentioned car lights.
As for the more spectacular highlights – In Series 5 (coming March), we can expect a new location aptly named Stunt Park. We can also look forward to more activity related to PR shows on the festival playlists as Series 4 is set to be race-focused as part of the Horizon World Cup event. Of course, there will also be new cars and other content. We’ll have to wait until the end of February for details.