Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is opening a second studio to work on a new game, GameIndustry.biz reports, via IGN. Known internally as “Project 2,” it will be open-world, but won’t feature racing.
"We feel like we've become pretty good at racing games over the years,” said Playground’s founder Ralph Fulton. “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,” he continued. “We're going to need to hire some very talented people with experience that we don't have."
Fulton wants to staff up considerably, growing from 115 workers, to around the 200 mark.
"We occupy pretty much all of this building, but even if we acquired the last of it, it wouldn't be enough to fit the size of team we're aiming for,” Fulton explained. “The next best thing to it being in this building is for it to be approximate to the studio, ideally within walking distance.”
Fulton also sees Project 2 as a way to build the careers of those who have only worked within Playground on Forza Horizon.
“I remember many of [our developers] starting green as you like. They've grown up in this studio, grown in experience over three games of increasing quality, and are now in a position where they are looking to develop their careers. We want them to do that here rather than somewhere else, but with only one team the opportunities for that are limited."
Project 2 could possibly be a multiplatform title, or appear solely on a non-Xbox system. While Microsoft holds the rights to the Forza license, Playground is an independent developer.
Fulton was quick to note that this new game and studio won’t deflect from future Forza titles.
"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.”
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