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Jason Clement posted a article in MicrosoftPlayground Games is one of the biggest and most successful newer developers in the game industry today -- many fans and critics alike even believe their Forza Horizon series has gone on to match and eclipse the main Forza series in quality, especially with last year's Forza Horizon 3. So it comes as no surprise to hear that the studio is creating a brand new team to expand into other genres beyond racing. Playground Games' Ralph Fulton recently stated to Develop that the team felt that they had achieved what they had set out to do when the studio first arrived on the development scene in 2010. Following a bit of introspection, Fulton explained that the studio realized they wanted to expand beyond just racing games and experiment with other genres. Hence, a brand new team to help realize that vision. â€œWe“re hiring for and have hired for a brand new team here in Leamington, a triple-A team, it“ll easily be 100 plus people and we“re super, super excited about that," Fulton told Develop. While the actual project remains a mystery right now, the career page on the studio's site mentions the game will be a "large-scale AAA title," possibly referencing an open-world action title. Fulton mentioned that it would probably be a while before they can start to talk about what the game entails, so don't expect any details anytime soon. However, Playground Games' pedigree has been increasingly impressive as the years roll on, so this may be one game to keep an eye on as time progresses. Source: Develop (via PC GamesN)
Earlier today, Microsoft revealed to IGN that Forza Horizon 2 would be releasing later this year for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox One development is being handled by the first Horizon's developer, Playground Games, though they're working closely with Motorsport developer Turn 10 Studios on a shared technology pipeline and such. They'll also be using Forza Motorsport 5's graphics engine as a baseline for Horizon 2. Sumo Digital (of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed fame) is revealed to be working on the Xbox 360 version of the game, which will be built off of Horizon 1's engine. Horizon 2 is also slated to have extensive improvements and features as well as taking place in Southern Europe around a music festival. Expect to hear more information about Forza Horizon 2 from Microsoft at E3 next week. Source: IGN Are you excited to hear that another Forza game is coming this year?