Playground Games, the developer behind the Forza Horizon series, has opened a new studio in Leamington Spa, England to work on a non-racing, open-world game.
“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,” founder and creative director Ralph Fulton told GamesIndustry.biz. “It’s a great opportunity for us to test ourselves in a different genre.
“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.”
However, fans of the Horizon series shouldn’t have to worry about the series being abandoned, as Fulton stated that it remains the “cornerstone” of Playground Games’ business.
“Our business with Forza over the last six, seven years has been great for us,” he said. “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.”
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the PlaySeat Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 which adds seven new cars to the game.
Forza Horizon 3 is available now on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.