- Forza Horizon 5 players can be banned for up to eight thousand years if they use inappropriate images on their cars;
- This was the fate of a player who ridiculed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his car;
- The same punishment was given to a player who presented an animated female characters with a large cleavage on his car.
What can get you banned for in Forza Horizon 5? Probably the first things that come to your mind are cheating or aggressive behavior towards other players, which seems understandable. However, in this particular case, the subject of the punishment is the unusual patterns on the body of one player's car, for which he was banned from the game for a period of... eight thousand (!) years. The car was painted with original artwork ridiculing the regime of North Korea.
As reported by the Forza community gathered on Reddit, bans comes without any warning; the developers also do not play with half-measures in the form of a temporary locks. As reported by user AllThingsRacing, his friend got banned from participating in online gameplay until December 31, 9999.
The body of his car featured inappropriate (according to the developers) artwork depicting Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, posing as Colonel Sanders with the logo of fast food chain KFC. The logo of Nike and New Balance, among others, was redesigned in a similar way.
This isn't the only case where creative ingenuity in vehicle paint job has had disastrous results. Another user banned for 8000 years was a player who had stickers on his car depicting animated female characters with revealing cleavage. And although theoretically all ladies in these graphics remain dressed, it is hard not to get the impression that there is no place for this type of images in the game with a PEGI 3 designation.
However, the punishment here seems disproportionate to the fault, which is loudly voiced by the community, especially since there is no way to appeal the decision of the developers. Add to this the fact that among the players there is a consensus opinion that Forza is a game in which it is easy to get "banned for nothing". (e.g. a reference to alcohol brand). The situation with the North Korean parody exposes this absurdity even more starkly. Perhaps Playground Games will come up with a better solution to the problem of troublesome artwork than moving the ban slider all the way to the end of the calendar, which reaches the year 9999.