Like previous games in the series, Forza Horizons 5 features dynamic Seasons that dictate the weather conditions found in the World Map. These are generally locked until a certain time each week, after which they change to the next Season. Mexico is a much more diverse map, meaning that Seasons have more in-depth changes depending on where you are. In this guide we'll take a look at how to change Seasons manually using the Blueprints function, and when they are scheduled to change automatically.
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What Are Seasons in Forza Horizon 5?
Seasons dictate the conditions of the weather in Forza Horizons 5. Hot, Dry, Cold and Wet all apply differently depending on whether you're in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter Seasons. They change each week, altering the landscape in Free Roam. At the start of the game you will be lead through different seasonal conditions, experiencing how each changes the driving conditions and weather around you. You'll need to drive differently in the Winter, as wet and icy conditions come into play, for example.
Can You Change Seasons Manually?
Generally speaking, you cannot manually change the Seasons in Forza Horizon 5's main modes. Instead, they update automatically each week. One way to experience different Seasons is to head into the Creative Hub. Here you can use Blueprints created by players. These can offer Seasonal conditions that are different from the one you're currently in. This allows you to change Seasons for individual community events.
When Do Seasons Change?
Seasons refresh every Thursday at 14:30 GMT. You can track the progress of this in the Festival Playlist in the main menu. Each week comes with new driving conditions and challenges. Seasons are less distinct in Forza Horizon 5, meaning that you shouldn't expect a uniform change across the map. We'll go further into this in a moment.
How Are Seasons Different in Forza Horizon 5?
In Forza Horizon 4, the entire Britain-based map changed in quite a uniform way for each Season. In Winter, the entire map would be covered with snow. If it was pouring it down in one place, generally it was raining everywhere else too. Mexico is a much more diverse place in terms of biomes. Volcanos will sometimes be snow-capped, while beaches aren't ever going to be blanketed by snow. Each Season affects each of the biomes in a specific way. Dry season may bring more sandstorms while Storm season could bring more tropical storms.
That's how Seasons work in Forza Horizon 5. For more on the game be sure to check out our Fast Travel Guide. Elsewhere there's our look at the PC Specs needed to play the game.
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