Over the past few weeks, the Forza franchise has been very active. Microsoft first announced the Forza Motorsport reboot’s October 10 release date, and then Forza Horizon 5 opened its Upgrade Heroes event, which features new objectives, cars, and other goodies.
The future may bring more for FH5 players than just the crossover with Donut Media. Before the July 21 release of the film, a fresh leak suggests that Forza Horizon 5 will feature a crossover with Barbie.
Insider Gaming discovered the leak, and it comes from racing YouTuber Don Joewon Song, who concentrates on Forza Horizon 5 for his channel. Song found that the Playground Games team had introduced Barbie-branded versions of the EV Corvette and EV Hummer Truck to the backend thanks to a menu glitch.
These automobiles are not currently available, but they appear to exist in the game’s files unless this is a sophisticated scam.
A Pro Racing-Game YouTuber @DonJoewonSong shares a tweet:
Forza just casually adding a Barbie EV Corvette…
A little strange as this wasn’t announced anywhere during the Official-Forza stream.
There’s also a Barbie variation of the GMC Hummer EV Truck. pic.twitter.com/QUAqwW2r3Q
— Don Joewon Song (@DonJoewonSong) June 20, 2023
Although the collaboration between Forza Horizon 5 and Barbie may initially seem strange, it is not that shocking. After all, the Forza series has already collaborated with many assets.
Lego and Hot Wheels have garnered the most attention, but they’ve also teamed with James Bond, Halo, and Fallout. Given that the Corvette of the title character has been featured in the Barbie line for many years, it is not surprising to see it appear in Forza, especially if its release coincides with the film’s opening weekend.
The price of the final Barbie crossover bundle is one that will be important to monitor. With Forza Motorsport soon to arrive and Forza Horizon 5 just released a free update and a premium Car Pack, asking gamers to fork up another sum for what is essentially a novelty may seem excessive.
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It’s encouraging to see that Playground Game still supports Forza Horizon 5. Since it has been out for a while and the development team is also working on Fable, it wouldn’t be unexpected to see them slow down at this point.
Instead, the game appears to be as vibrant as ever, though we predict that the release of Motorsport will force them to pump the breaks in a few months.