Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is expanding. The studio has told GamesIndustry.biz that a new branch will be based in the same area as the current studio, ideally within walking distance. The new studio will be working on a second title, one that is open-world, but won't be a racing 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. It's a great opportunity for us to test ourselves in a different genre," Playground Games founder and creative director Ralph Fulton explained.
"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 is a relatively young studio in the industry, having formed in 2010. The studio's output has been entirely games and expansions in the Forza Horizon series. Playground Games currently has 115 employees and there are plans to grow the company to around 200.
"We are looking at an entirely new leadership team for the new project, which we're in the process of hiring right now," said Fulton. "And we're going to try and make sure that nothing on the two projects depends on one person, because both of the teams should be thinking about their own project. There will be people like myself who are able to oversee both of them, but only to make sure everything's heading in the right direction. The people who are actually doing the work will be dedicated to their project."
He also called Forza Horizon "the cornerstone of our business", so you can expect a Forza Horizon 4 in 2018 given the current release pace of the series.