Forza dev conscripts GTA devs for new open world RPG

Forza devs at Playground Games enlist devs from GTA V, Hellblade, and Metal Gear Solid to help make their new action IP.

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We've known for some time that Playground Games is making a new open-world action IP, but now the studio drops some new hints--along with acquiring some of the best talent in the industry.

Forza dev conscripts GTA devs for new open world RPG |

Forza Horizon developer Playground Games just opened its second huge office in Leamington Spa and has assembled a team of industry vets including Sean Eyestone, who worked on Metal Gear Solid V and Star Wars: Battlefront II, Will Kennedy who worked with Rockstar North for 8 years and helped make GTA V, and Juan Fernandez di Simon who worked on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

The studio also told that the new IP is an open-world action RPG, which certainly changes things a bit. It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft is funding this new project or not given the studio's long-standing affiliation with the games-maker.

"We're delighted that we've secured a second studio to house our new team. This is a hugely exciting project that is already attracting world-class talent to Playground," Playground Games CEO Gavin Raeburn told

"The combination of new blood and experienced Playground team members is already showing huge promise and I'm excited to see this talented group contribute to Playground's continued success."


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