Forza Horizon 3 developer Playground Games has said it plans to build a new team in its hometown of Leamington Spa in order to work on a new, non-racing title, MCV’s sister site Develop has revealed.
"One of the things we did recently, which was beforeHorizoncame out was really look up where we’ve come in the last seven years," Playground Games’ Ralph Fulton told Develop.
"And we feel we kind of achieved the objectives we set for us back in 2010. More successfully and in less time than I ever thought possible.
So we spent a bit of time, the leadership team here, thinking about what we’d look like in five years time and what we wanted Playground to be in five years time."
"Part of that what came out of those conversations was that we wanted to build another team, experiment in other genres, improve our ability as games makers beyond the racing genre that we’ve worked in and still love.
So that has become, that’s gone from something we’ve talked about and aspire to something that we’re actually doing. We’re hiring for and have hired for a brand new team here in Leamington, a AAA team, it’ll easily be 100 plus people and we’re super, super excited about that."
Fulton remained tight-lipped about what PlayGround’s mystery game will eventually be, but a quick look at the company’s careers page suggests it will be an open world action or shooter title.
"I think in all honesty it’ll be a good time before we start talking about what that project is," Fulton said. "But I love the fact that we had our most successful year ever last year, critically and commercially and we’re in a position hopefully to build on that, to diversify and to build another great team here in the UK.”