Forza Horizon Dev Playground Games Planning To Open 2nd Studio For Open-World Non-Racing Game


Playground Games, the developer behind the Forza Horizon series, is planning to open a second development studio for a brand-new game.

Just like the developer’s current studio, the second development studio is to be based in Royal Leamington Spa, GamesIndustry.biz writes. The studio will be the base for a new development team working on an open-world, non-racing title. At the moment of writing, further details haven’t been shared.

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“Opening another studio is something we’ve been talking about for a good few years, but we’ve been keen not to rush into it”, Playground Games’ creative director and founder, Ralph Fulton, told GamesIndustry.biz. “It’s a great opportunity for us to test ourselves in a different genre”, he added.

"We feel like we've become pretty good at racing games over the years. We can always get better, we can always strive to get better but we'd love to prove ourselves in a different genre. That's another goal of Project 2, to allow us to do that. We're going to need to hire some very talented people with experience that we don't have."

Playground Games’  focus will still be the Forza Horizon series, Fulton stressed.

"Our business with Forza over the last six, seven years has been great for us," he says. "It remains the cornerstone of our business - we're not running away from racing, we still feel passionate about making new racing games and delivering new experiences for our players.

"Horizon 3 was a watershed game for us - it's certainly our best-reviewed game critically, it's our most commercially successful game as well. It's the first time we've experienced that commercial breakout hit phenomenon - the other games have been successful but not on the level of this one. We want to keep doing that. In a way, that game took six years to make. So we want to keep developing that skillset and pushing new boundaries."

As always, we will keep you updated in case we learn more about Playground Games’ new project.