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'Forza Horizon 5' Language Filter Is Flagging Real Names As Offensive Content

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'Forza Horizon 5' Language Filter Is Flagging Real Names As Offensive Content

Forza Horizon 5 has bowled over fans with its fantastic environments, accessibility options, exciting game modes and more, so it’s unfortunate to find out that the game is banning players’ real names as potentially offensive content. 

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“It’s fun to play, stunning to watch, and even while writing this all I want to do is jump straight back into it,” said Dean in his review. Whether you’re a fan of racing games or not, Forza Horizon 5 is a must play.” I mean, almost a million players were careening round corners and speeding through the gorgeous vistas of this recreation of Mexico before the game had even released, and I’m sure a surge of players will have picked it up on Game Pass following the glowing praise for the newest Forza title.

Check out gameplay driving through the gorgeous rainforests and deserts right here!

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Still, Dean did mention that there aren’t a lot of opportunities to customise your character in Forza Horizon 5 outside of a set selection of faces and bodies. While the choice of pronouns and voices is appreciated, the language filter is flagging a number of real names as “inappropriate content.”

Customising the number plate of the car in Forza Horizon 5 is a way of showing off a player’s personality, yet, some have encountered issues spelling out their own name on the plate. Osama Dorias, who works as a game designer on Gotham Knights, tweeted a photo of their first name being blocked by the game when they tried to customise the plate of the car. Nazih Fares also showed that they had the same issue with their own name, and someone complained that the game doesn’t include their name, Felipe, even though it’s set in a Spanish-speaking country. 

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It looks like there’s been a significant oversight in the range of names that are and are not permitted in the game and that’s indicative of a blanket approach that hasn’t been checked over by employees of multiple different backgrounds. After we contacted Xbox for a statement on this topic, a UK representative told us that an official response to the situation is currently being discussed, and should be made public in the next 24-48 hours.

Featured Image Credit: Playground Games

Topics: Forza, Xbox, Microsoft

Imogen Donovan
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