Car model firm Hot Wheels is reportedly set to release a new Forza Horizon collaboration this year.
That’s according to Hot Wheels publication T-Hunted, which claims that the new models will release in September and include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Corvette C7.R and Porche 911.
While the new merchandise isn’t necessarily indicative of a new game release, it’s been reported that a new Horizon edition could release this year, set in Mexico (which would also match the desert background on the new Hot Wheels packaging).
The Forza Horizon games have also featured Hot Wheels vehicles as DLC and in a large expansion for Forza Horizon 3.
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Forza Horizon 4, which is set in the UK, is the most recent Forza game, released in 2018. A 2021 release for Horizon 5 would break from the series’ usual routine of alternately between the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon games.
Last month Forza studio Turn10 sent out the first round of Forza Motorsport 8 playtest invites as the game entered a “new phase of development”.
Forza Motorsport for Xbox Series X was announced last summer and described as “a reimagining” of the series. At the time, Turn10 creative director Dan Greenawalt told Xbox.com that the game was in early development.
“We are taking what has made Forza Motorsport great over the past 15 years and pairing it with new game concepts and new technologies,” he explained.
“With the new Forza Motorsport, ray tracing is coming to ForzaTech, you will see a dynamic world in 4K, 60fps, that is connected and dynamic – from surfaces of cars reflecting off each other, to brilliant red paint bouncing off intensely detailed track surfaces, and the interplay of light and shadow throughout the world.”