Forza Horizon developer session and show floor hands-on at Eurogamer Expo

Brighton, UK, 13th September 2012: Eurogamer Expo, the UK's biggest and best gaming festival, is delighted to announce that Playground Games will be taking the stage for an in-depth developer presentation at this year's event, with Forza Horizon playable for fans on the show floor throughout the four days of the Expo.

Forza Horizon combines the legendary Forza Motorsport authenticity with a festival atmosphere and the freedom of the open road. The game launches exclusively for Xbox 360 on October 26th, and Eurogamer Expo attendees will be among the first in the UK to play it.

Gamers will also be invited to check out an exclusive developer session at 4pm on Friday 28th September. Design Director Ralph Fulton will demonstrate how the game offers an immersive pick-up-and-play open-road experience while maintaining the unrivalled realism, diversity and innovation that are hallmarks of the Forza Motorsport franchise.

The Eurogamer Expo will be returning to London's Earls Court from 27th-30th September 2012 and is expected to welcome over 50,000 gamers.

"There are so many racing game nuts at Eurogamer that we frequently fight over who gets to cover them, so we're hugely excited that Forza Horizon is coming to the Eurogamer Expo in a big way," said Eurogamer Editor and Operations Director Tom Bramwell.

This year's Eurogamer Expo promises more playable games than ever (including a large number of UK first-plays), our highest-profile developer session schedule, as well as a number of satellite events including the Games Industry Fair.

Tickets for Eurogamer Expo 2012 are now available at www.eurogamerexpo.com.

About Eurogamer Network Ltd.

Founded in 1999, Eurogamer Network Limited publishes Eurogamer.net, the world's leading independent video games website with local editions in ten European languages. The company also publishes market-leading trade resource GamesIndustry International and Outside Xbox, a video site dedicated to the Xbox community, and represents several partner websites including VG247.com, RockPaperShotgun.com and NintendoLife.com. In addition to its online publications, Eurogamer Network produces live public and trade shows including the Eurogamer Expo, the UK's largest gaming event, and Rezzed, the PC and indie games show. More information on Eurogamer Network Limited can be found at www.eurogamer.biz.

About Forza Horizon

“Forza Horizon” combines the legendary “Forza Motorsport” authenticity you know and love with new action-based driving gameplay, rewarding you for your speed, skill and style behind the wheel. Drive the world’s most iconic cars as you compete in festival events, race for pink slips in white-knuckle street races, or just show off your skills to increase your popularity rank to a soundtrack curated by “Bestival” founder and renowned BBC Radio DJ, Rob da Bank. Team up or compete with friends and rivals in a variety of online race types, as well as playground modes. However you drive, you’ll find an entirely new level of challenge and fun on the open road.

About Playground Games

Playground Games is an independent UK game development studio formed in 2009. It was founded by the leadership team responsible for award-winning Codemasters racing franchises “TOCA,” “GRID” and “DiRT,” and over the past two years has enhanced its core team with experienced developers from Bizarre Creations, Black Rock Studios, Slightly Mad Studios, Criterion Games, Rockstar North and Ubisoft Reflections among others. Today, Playground employs more than 100 staff at its headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa, working exclusively on “Forza Horizon.”

More information is available at http://www.playground-games.com.

About Turn 10 Studios

“Forza Horizon” is published by Microsoft Studios in conjunction with Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the “Forza Motorsport” franchise. In 2011, Turn 10 released “Forza Motorsport 4,” the year’s most widely acclaimed racing game that was recognized as the “Best Driving Game” for 2011 from IGN, G4TV and 1UP.

More information about the Forza Motorsport franchise is available at http://www.forzamotorsport.net.  

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