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Forza Horizon dev to open new studio, work on new open world game

by Eric Frederiksen | February 7, 2017February 7, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

The team behind the Forza Horizon series, while closely linked to the home team working on Forza Motorsport, does their own thing, and for years that thing has been to create some huge and beautiful open worlds for gamers to race around in. Now Playground Games is looking to put that expertise to work in a genre new to them: open-world games.

Games Industry reports that Playground Games is planning to almost double its size to work on something they’re calling “Project 2.”

“We feel like we’ve become pretty good at racing games over the years, said Playground Games founder Ralph Fulton speaking to GamesIndustry. “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 we don’t have.”

Forza Horizon 3 opened doors for the team

Playground was founded by racing game vets from companies like Codemasters, Bizarre Creations, Criterion Games, and Slightly Mad Studios to make Forza Horizon games, and that’s what they’ve been doing since 2010. Forza Horizon 3 was the team’s best-reviewed game yet, and the most commercially-successful one at that.

“In a way, that game took us six years to make,” Fulton said of Forza Horizon 3. “So we want to keep developing that skillset and pushing new boundaries.”

The Forza Horizon games aren’t going anywhere, though. The series is still a core aspect of Playground. Instead, the team is looking to broaden its horizons and offer its members new experiences without having to look elsewhere, Fulton said.

The game doesn’t have a release time frame or an official title. It doesn’t even have a platform. As GameSpot notes, Playground is technically an independent studio and could release the game across any number of platforms they choose, including but not limited to Xbox One.

We loved Forza Horizon 3. It was one of our favorite games of 2016. We’re looking forward to seeing where the team takes this new idea.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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