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Highly anticipated: Forza Horizon 5 finally arrives tomorrow, but those who purchased the Premium Edition or the Premium Add-Ons Bundle have been playing the game since November 5. It’s easy to imagine that, seeing as it’s coming to Xbox Game Pass/Game Pass for PC, not many people chose to spend up to $99 on the driving game, but that’s far from the case: almost one million players are already tearing up Mexico.
The only way to start playing before tomorrow’s (November 9) official release date is to buy the $99 Premium Edition that grants early access. If you’re a Game Pass user, the $45 Premium Add-Ons Bundle also opens the game ahead of time. Using those figures, VGC estimates that Forza 5 has already grossed between $36 million and $79 million before its full launch.
Forza Horizon 5 has long been on many people’s most-anticipated-games list, and it seems to be living up to the hype: IGN awarded the Xbox Game Studios’ title a coveted 10/10 score, PC Gamer gave 90%, and it's OpenCritic’s highest-rated game (92) released this year so far. On Metacritic, meanwhile, it has an average score of 91, making it the joint-top release of 2021 alongside Psychonauts 2. But what’s just as telling is that it’s the top-selling game globally on Steam right now.
As with previous entries in the series, Forza Horizon 5 looks terrific. It also has some fairly forgiving recommended specs—an Intel i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 1500X with either a GTX 1070 or Radeon RX 590—but if you want the “ideal” experience, you’ll need at least an RTX 3080/Radeon 6800 XT combined with a Ryzen 7 3800XT/Intel i7-10700K or better.