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Forza Horizon 5 multiplayer issues acknowledged by Playground Games

Forza Horizon 5 developer Playground Games has acknowledged a slew of issues surrounding the online and multiplayer functionality of the popular arcade racer. While there’s no fixes just yet, they state that they are working on improving the problems that players and developers are seeing.

It really runs the gamut, from the Convoys which let you team up with a set group of other players, to issues with open world Horizon Arcade events, the battle royale The Eliminator mode, the EventLab creation tool, and even regular multiplayer through Horizon Open and Leaderboards.

The next update for Forza Horizon 5 will aim to address these issues, or at least improve matters, and they will be a focus through the next few updates as well. Thankfully, the bulk of the game is as great and enjoyable as the game that we were playing for review this time last month.

Here’s Playground Games’ breakdown of the issues.

  • Convoys – There’s nothing more disappointing than going on a road-trip with your friends and seeing them all disappear. We’ve experienced it and it never gets any less of a letdown. With that said, we are actively working on improvements around players erratically disappearing or not being pulled into Horizon Life servers with their Convoy.

  • Horizon Arcade – These fun, collaborative minigames come to life when experienced with other players, however, we know not many of you have been able to experience them as intended. There is often a much lower than expected player count for Horizon Arcade events and we know that simply isn’t fun. Like Convoys, we’re aware of players disappearing when these events start. We are working on fixes and improvements to resolve both issues.

  • The Eliminator – Regarding invisible players and players unable to challenge one another upon beeping their horn, we’ve seen your reports and have experienced both issues ourselves. We have identified some issues and are actively working on addressing them.

  • Horizon Open – We’re aware of an issue that causes Convoy leaders to matchmake by themselves. In general, we are working on matchmaking improvements to Horizon Open to ensure you and your Convoy can seamlessly find other players together.

  • Leaderboards – We’re aware of bugs that cause erroneous lap times to be posted on Rivals leaderboards and are working on a future update to prevent this from happening. We’re also aware of players using game speed modifiers to boost their scores for PR Stunts and are looking to prevent and remove these impossibly high scores. Cheating, game tampering, and the use of exploits to intentionally gain a competitive advantage ruins the experience for others. While we don’t believe cheating will ever go away entirely, we will continue to release improvements to our games systems to prevent this and take action on those who promote and enable disruptions to everyone’s game experience in this way.

  • EventLab – We understand how frustrating it is to lose all your progress when building a new EventLab track, arena or game mode. Similarly, we know how difficult it is to craft the masterpieces many of you are known for in just one sitting. For a future game update, we’re working to introduce the ability to save and edit EventLab content post-creation. We’re also aware of XP/credit AFK farms and other types of exploitative events dominating the EventLab menus and we’re working on systems to improve curation so that these events are not surfaced.

These multiplayer problems are in addition to the rest of the known issues list on the Forza community boards.

Forza Horizon 5 launched to great praise and attention from the gaming public, as more than 3.5 million players flocked to Playground Games’ rendition of Mexico during its first 24 hours of general release. You know exactly what you’re getting with the Forza Horizon series, but this game clearly spoke to people, and it surely helped that it’s exceptionally good looking.

In our Forza Horizon 5 review, Dom wrote:

“Forza Horizon 5 continues the series’ legacy, usurping Forza Horizon 4 as the new pinnacle of open-world racing and as a graphical showcase for the new generation of Xbox console.”

Source: Forza Support

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Author: Stefan L