A majority of racing games usually have you playing a stoic, unnamed driver most of the time to instill a certain attitude in your avatar: someone who is hardened and seasoned, someone no-nonsense, or maybe the script just did not allow for any speaking roles for the main protagonist so you could embody them yourself.

Forza Horizon 5 flips the script on this stereotype, allowing you to customize your character, even going as far as giving them a name which all the characters end up calling you if you do pick one.

In this guide, we’re looking at how we can change our name in Forza Horizon 5 so that characters in the game address you how you would like.

How Do You Change Your Name?

Oddly enough, the intro does not have you changing your Forza Horizon five-character name. Even though the intro of the game sets it up by having Scott the announcer seemingly shout your name after your arrival on the stage, you can only change and choose your call name once you are done in the intro and have arrived at the festival location.

To change your name in Forza Horizon 5, simply go to the My Festival menu and choose the “Your Name” option. From here, you can choose from hundreds upon hundreds of names and nicknames to further place yourself in the world of Forza Horizon 5’s Mexican festival.

If you have not changed your name, the characters of Forza Horizon 5 will call you “Champion.” Cleverly enough, this refers to how big of a deal you were in the last Forza Horizon festival down in Great Britain as you were its champion of sorts after its conclusion.

Can I change my name to a custom name?

Unfortunately, you cannot customize your name to something that is truly custom, so if your name does not exist within the list of Forza Horizon 5 names, then it is tough luck for you. You can either just choose a different name or choose from the bevy of nicknames the game has to offer.

Effects of Changing Your Name

By changing your name, various characters in the game will now refer to you by your chosen name, saying your name to greet you or to notify you of some events happening in the game. A rather subtle but welcome way to further immerse yourself in the game world.

Another way this affects your game is that you can use this name as a way of labeling your gift drops to other players. So instead of using your Gamertag, you can use your literal in-game name in order to personalize your gifts.

Final Thoughts

Changing your Forza Horizon 5 name is a great way to have yourself inserted in Forza Horizon 5’s game world. Although it is a bummer that custom names cannot be pronounced, there are enough names and nicknames to keep almost everyone happy.

And with characters in the game calling you by name or nickname, you will feel even more part of this game’s Mexico, especially with Forza Horizon 5’s story focusing on familial ties.

Or you know, you can always change your name to one of the dozen funny names like “Sausage” to get a kick out of it whenever a person in the game speaks your legendary name.

If you’re looking for more customization tips for Forza Horizon 5, you can check out our guide on how to change your license plate as well.