UK-based Playground Games is best known for its high-profile Forza Horizon racing series, but the team has opened up a separate games studio to work on an entirely different project.
Playground founder Ralph Fulton confirmed that the new game wouldn't have anything to do with racing. In fact, it'll be an open-world type of game set in an entirely different genre than the studio is used to, and the project might even be the new Xbox IP that Microsoft exec Phil Spencer recently teased.
Microsoft's Xbox brand has worked closely with Playground for the Forza Horizon series, and this could be a unique opportunity to create something fresh.
"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. It's a great opportunity for us to test ourselves in a different genre," Fulton told GamesIndustry.biz.
While the second studio is working on this unique open-world game, Playground's principle team will continue belting out Forza Horizon games.
"Our business with Forza over the last six, seven years has been great for us. 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."
@ShayneCollins38 I feel very good about this year. Should have more 1P games than last year, great diversity + launching new IP. Good year.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 7, 2017