Forza Horizon developer Playground Games has announced that it is opening a second studio in order to start work on a new open-world, non-racing title.
Gamesindustry.biz has the news, talking to Ralph Fulton, founder and creative director at the developer, who said, "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."
The new studio will be close to the existing one in Leamington Spa, England, and Playground is in the process of hiring a leadership team for the project. Fulton didn't give any details about the game other than that it was open world and not a racing title, and stressed that the company remains committed to the Forza Horizon franchise.
I don't know anything about starting up a studio, but Fulton's comments in the article (click the source link above) seem like Playground is approaching the project in the right way. Playground doesn't want to overload their existing staff, and yet the studio and project – even in a different genre – won't be a complete abandonment of what they've already learned or a start over from scratch. I'm excited to find out more about the game.