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The original story (published 06 November 2021) follows:
Forza Horizon 5 is the latest installment in the long-running Forza franchise. Developed by Playground Games and published by Xbox Game Studios and will release on November 9, 2021.
Set in a fictional version of Mexico, the racing game boasts the largest Forza map to date. Compared to Forza Horizon 4 which was based in the UK, the map is 50% larger.
It features several geographic landscapes such as an active volcano, verdant jungles, beaches, famous Mayan structures, and even the city of Guanajuato.
In addition, there is also a new game mode called Horizon Arcade. This mode features multiple multiplayer mini-games spread across the map while the EventLab Toolkit allows users to create custom games.
Thanks to the open world aspect of the games, players can walk around and explore Mexico or team up with friends and play in multiplayer. That being said, those who had access to Forza Horizon 5 are now report that they can’t join their friends when trying to play multiplayer.
I can’t invite my friends through Steam because Steam doesn’t even show we’re playing. We somehow managed to join the convoy through the Xbox app, but everyone is the convoy leader at the same time but no one can start a race because it says “only the leader of convoy can start a race “
So the title explains my problem, what can I do with it? My friend is using FH5 on the Microsoft Store and I am a Steam user, but when I try to create a column he configures it to infinity and when I click on “horizon life” a little circle loads for 2 seconds, then nothing. My connection to XBOX services is perfect, I checked.
Additionally, it appears that another issue is preventing players from joining a convoy with the game stuck on an infinite loading screen. Players say they are disappointed that they cannot enjoy the game with their friends.
My mate and I try to move freely together and we try the convoy and it gets stuck on the loading circle and if it works they don’t show up in the game. Does anyone have this problem?
Hasn’t someone else been able to join the convoy of friends? It’s on the S series and I’m on the X series. We can invite each other but it loads and doesn’t connect.
The number of reports suggests that the is on the developer’s side. While Microsoft has yet to recognize the problem, gamers are wondering when multiplayer will be fixed.
If and when the developers recognize the Forza Horizon 5 issue preventing players from joining friends, we’ll update this article.
Update 1 (November 08)
13:35 (IST): Forza Horizon Support has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed they are looking into it.
We are aware that some people on Forza Horizon 5 have had difficulty signing in to Horizon Life and have experienced disconnections. We think about it! (Source)
Update 2 (November 09)
2:04 p.m. (IST): It appears that the Forza team have rolled out fixes for the issue and also confirmed that more are in the works.
We have deployed a few fixes and more will be deployed in the next few days! We will send more updates when we have more information. (Source)
Update 3 (November 10)
12:43 (IST): The Forza team is still investigating several issues with the convoys, as noted by the game’s official “Known Issues” tracker.
According to the page, no Convoy bugs have been fixed yet. Therefore, players may have to wait a bit for the issues to be completely resolved.
Update 4 (November 11)
1:00 p.m. (IST): Connectivity bugs that could cause problems joining friends have been officially recognized by the Forza Horizon 5 team.
We expect a patch to be released later this week that will resolve several crash, wheel, and connection issues for # ForzaHorizon5. We will update as soon as it goes live!
For now, all that remains is to wait for the patch to be deployed so as not to delay.
Update 5 (November 12)
12:00 (IST): If you get stuck on the Loading Circle when trying Convoy, you might want to check out this user-shared workaround:
I found a solution. get in your convoy and go to the festival and get out and it will work. I know it sounds silly but it works. (Source)
Update 6 (November 13)
11:26 am (IST): Forza support has delivered some bad news. According to a recent tweet, the team claims to have found an issue with the fix that will require further testing. The patch will therefore be posted online next week.
Unfortunately, we found an issue with the fix that will require additional testing. We have decided to postpone this fix until next week. (Source)
Update 7 (November 16)
3:40 p.m. (IST): In another follow-up, Forza Support has confirmed that it is still working on the fix and hopes to have more information to share later this week.
We are continuing to work on the # ForzaHorizon5 fix and hope to have more information to share later this week. As always, we greatly appreciate the patience, support and tickets submitted! (Source)
Update 8 (November 18)
4:45 p.m. (IST): A new hotfix is live for Forza Horizon 5 but it does not provide a fix for the convoy bug that prevents players from playing with their friends.
Still can’t play with friends, convoys still not working after 2 weeks and an apparent patch? It is more than pathetic. (Source)
So you are more worried about exploits than players who can’t even get the game started ?? I can’t even play with my friends or follow someone in a lobby because they just disappeared, it’s been almost 2 weeks and you haven’t corrected anything, even the draw distance … (Source)
Update 9 (November 19)
13:13 (IST): According to the latest updates on the official Known Issues page, the following Convoy bugs have been fixed:
Convoy – Joining a player after sending them an invitation causes the convoy leader to be absent
Convoy – Players are removed from their current stunt and placed in a new one if they join a convoy while they are already in a stunt
However, the bug or issue where friends would disappear from convoy is still listed in the known issues section.
Update 10 (November 20)
3:35 p.m. (IST): Forza Support has confirmed that it is still working to resolve known issues with Forza Horizon 5, possibly including the Convoy bugs. Unfortunately, there is no ETA for the next patch.
We hear from you and continue to work hard to resolve known issues for # ForzaHorizon5. Thank you for submitting these tickets which help us record and investigate issues. (Source)
Update 11 (December 04)
10:54 am (IST): The latest content update available for the Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC, and Steam apparently brings improvements to the issue of convoy members disappearing. The full release notes can be found here.
Update 12 (December 06)
11:30 am (IST): The content update that we highlighted a few days ago may not have fully fixed the issue, as bugs with the Convoy are still listed in the known issues section of the official issue tracker.
Update 13 (December 07)
12:00 (IST): In a recent update on multiplayer issues on the community forums, a Forizon staff member confirmed that the team is still actively working on improving the experience with Convoys.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a one-time fix that will completely fix the issue anytime soon. Here is an excerpt from the post:
Convoys – There is nothing more disappointing than going on a road trip with your friends and seeing them all disappear. We have lived it and it is never less disappointing. That said, we are actively working on improvements for players who erratically disappear or are not drawn to Horizon Life servers with their convoy. (Source)
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