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Microsoft pledges to fix word filter in Forza Horizon 5

Feature is currently set to mark several common Arabic names as “inappropriate content”

Microsoft is reportedly working on fixing a word filter in Forza Horizon 5, following the discovery that some names are being deemed as "inappropriate."

The game includes a feature where players can write their own name or word onto the registration plate of the in-game cars, but as it stands, does now allow certain names.

The omission was highlighted by several users on Twitter, including Osama Dorias, game designer at WB Games Montreal. In a tweet, Dorias showed a screenshot of the filter stopping him from entering his name, flagging it as "inappropriate content."

Head of localisation at The 4 Winds, Nazih Fares, also encountered the same issue with typing his name into the feature, and tweeted: "The eternal curse of not being allowed to use my legal name will forever haunt me."

Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft said: "We are aware and are working on a fix to evolve and adjust our content moderation."

Earlier this week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer unveiled that the release of Forza Horizon 5 was the biggest launch to date for Xbox Game Studios, with over 4.5 million players.

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Danielle Partis has been working in the games industry since 2017. She previously worked at Steel Media as the founding editor of InfluencerUpdate.biz before moving on to run PocketGamer.biz. She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. She can be found on Twitter @daniellepartis tweeting about old games and big robots.

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