KEY POINTS

  • "Forza Horizon 5" is set to launch on Nov. 9
  • The game releases on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S
  • "Forza Horizon 5" devs recently shared the technique they use for the game's audio

Playground Games, the team behind the upcoming car racing game "Forza Horizon 5," has revealed that it used new technology to ensure that the game would offer a more enhanced and immersive audio experience to gamers.

The game developer recently detailed how they used ray tracing to enhance the audio of "Forza Horizon 5."  Playground Games released an episode of their "Let's Go!" show to the audio enhancements of its upcoming game.

Lead Audio Designer Fraser Strachan shared that they have "taken ray tracing and we’re using it throughout the world." Along with Creative Director Mike Brown, Strachan revealed that the game continuously detects world objects to identify how audio would bounce on every object. He also mentioned that they send out ray traces to detect ceilings, walls and buildings.

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As a result, the lead audio designer said players would hear their car "bouncing off all the buildings around you and that will change with the environment." He added, "It made the world feel really alive. Like so when you’re driving through Guanajuato for instance. You know you can hear it slapping off all the buildings and I mentioned there as well that we’re detecting ceilings so things like tunnels for instance."

Strachan said gamers using spatial audio headphones could hear their car "bouncing off the roofs as well." Creative Director Mike Brown shared in the "Let's Go!" episode that with the new technology, gamers can hear the crisp echo when they are driving on a hard surface in the city.  He added, "when you’re in the rainforest in the jungle, it’s that it’s still bouncing back off of all the trees and foliage, but it’s much more muffled."

In the trailer, which is available below, "Forza Horizon 5" fans can see a wide range of vehicles that rev their engine and drive around. It is somewhat their way of boasting the noises of their beautiful engine, as well as the in-game audio. Apparently, this is Playground Games' way of responding to criticisms it received about the audio of some vehicles in "Forza Horizon 4."

The game developer will hold another "Forza Horizon 5" stream, which would reportedly center on the game's open world. The developers might share some details on how Mexico is being captured in-game.

"Forza Horizon 5" is scheduled to release on Nov. 9. The upcoming game launches on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.