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Forza Horizon 5’s European Takeover introduces… dinosaurs

Dinosaurs and super-speedy Euro cars on the docket.

While Forza Motorsport fans eagerly anticipate the seemingly game-changing Update 6, Forza Horizon 5 continues its assortment of wacky hijinks by introducing dinosaurs into its roster of usable assets. The game’s major Eurotrip update is, therefore, particularly eclectic, and bound to thrill players this way or the other.

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Notably, the Horizon Festival is now being overtaken by a fleet of European vehicles, from top-tier Bentleys to classic AMG Hammer wagons, and they’re being joined by lovingly recreated dinosaur props. Indeed, players will now be able to use an assortment of dinosaurs for their custom tracks, adding yet another layer of zaniness to the already wild and wacky Horizon franchise.

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Forza Horizon 5’s Eurotrip season has dinosaurs in tow

Of course, dinosaurs aren’t the only major prop being added to Forza Horizon 5‘s powerful EventLab 2.0 content creation kit. Upon the update’s release later this week, on February 29, players will get access to all of the following EventLab items:

  • 25 all-new ramps and platforms (asphalt, dirt, grass, ice, and snow platforms)
  • 40 unique shapes (cones, cubes, cylinders, etc.) in concrete and plastic variants, in several unique color swatches
  • 6 dinosaur props: Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor
  • Star Trophy gameplay prop

It’s not all wackiness, though. As its title implies, this season’s focus are European car markers, allowing players to unlock all of the following vehicles over the next couple of weeks:

  • February 29 – March 7: Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro (2022), Lancia Fulvia Coupe Rallye (1968)
  • March 7 – 14: Citroen DS23 (1975), Volkswagen ID.4 (2021)
  • March 14 – 21: Lotus Esprit V8 (2002), Mercedes-AMG SL63 (2021)
  • March 21 – 28: Mercedes-Benz 500E (1992), Volkswagen Double Cab Pick-Up (1966)

The bad news, sadly, is that this is yet another in a long run of FOMO-laden content releases that have been the bread and butter of Forza‘s post-launch content support for years now. You only have a week’s worth of time to unlock the aforementioned cars, and there’s no telling when (if ever) they might end up getting re-released in the future.

Another thing that might leave a bad taste in some players’ mouths is the release of an all-new vehicle DLC that is not included as part of Forza Horizon 5‘s “Premium” edition. The new European Automotive Car Pack exists outside of FH5‘s Car Pass as an entirely separate $4.99 purchase, and it includes the Bentley Continental GT Convertible (2021), the AMG Hammer Wagon (1987), Jaguar XE-SV Project 8 (2019), and the Automobili Pininfarina Battista (2020). These will not be unlockable for free in any way, shape, or form, and they are not a part of the time-limited Eurotrip car set.

But hey, the dinosaur props are free and permanent, so you can rely on them no matter what!


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