Forza Horizon 5 update improves stability and fixes some online issues

A new update for Forza Horizon 5 that should fix some of the game’s stability and online matchmaking issues is available to download now. Playground Games has also acknowledged problems with the Festival Playlist.

Since launch, players have been running into all manner of issues with Forza Horizon 5. There have been frequent disconnects from the game’s online mode, online matchmaking issues, and various crashes. Playground Games rolled out an update last week that aimed to fix these issues, and while it did alleviate some of the problems players were facing, it introduced an infinite save loop bug (which is now fixed), more crashes, long load times, and more.

Now, a new hotfix is available to download, which should make improvements to Forza Horizon 5’s overall stability and fix some of the issues with online multiplayer. Here are the patch notes in full from the Forza website:

FH5 Release Notes: December 14th, 2021 (Hotfix)

Game Stability

  • Various stability fixes
  • Server stability improvements


  • Network improvements
  • Convoy matchmaking improvements
  • Fixed an issue with convoy members disappearing
  • Fixed an issue with players trying to join another players server


  • Fixed an issue with Direct Storage Issues on Series X|S


  • Freeroam car traffic improvements

One area that players have been vocal about (especially here on TA) is the Festival Playlist. For some, various Festival Playlist challenges have not been unlocking after meeting the requirements or are just simply broken and not working. In a post about the new hotfix, Playground Games has acknowledged the Festival Playlist issue and says it is looking into a fix. “We’re aware that a number of players have experienced challenges on the Festival Playlist which they’ve not been able to complete,” the post reads. “This can be frustrating to miss out on rewards or to not have that 100% completion. We’re looking into a solution for players who have experienced the issue.”

Forza Horizon 5’s latest hotfix is available to download now.


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