Microsoft have confirmed the acquisition of Playground Games, bringing the Forza Horizon franchise under the banner of the mammoth American technology giants. Having run the development and publishing of the popular spinoff to the Forza Motorsport franchise of games for a number of years now, Playground Games have been snapped up by Microsoft with the intention of bringing Forza Horizon into the same portfolio of companies as its big brother, Forza Motorsport. Based in the United Kingdom, Playground Games will have a slightly modified structure and reporting lines, but will still be focussed on developing the popular arcade spin off series to the main Forza Motorsport franchise. Now headed by Microsoft's Vice President Keith Dolliver, and no doubt benefiting from both a financial and a technological boost thanks to the new ownership, Playground will continue to be based in the UK for the foreseeable future, and aim to expand their creative output to more than just the Horizon series, as is explained by Alan Hartman, Studio Head of the Forza Franchise: "Ever since Playground Games was established as a studio, they have partnered exclusively with Turn 10 Studios and, together, both teams’ shared vision, strong partnership, and successful collaboration have advanced the Forza franchise to new heights. The Forza racing franchise saw its biggest year yet in 2017, with over 22 million unique fans driving throughout Forza games. We could not have reached this success without Playground Games’ incredible talent, which resulted in 2016’s award-winning, breakout hit, Forza Horizon 3. Playground Games’ unique, creative vision and passion, together with the power and resources of Microsoft, will see this innovative team take their talents to an all-new level. Playground Games will continue to work on Forza Horizon and they are bringing their open world expertise to an entirely new project we’ll have more to share about later." Exactly what the new project is set to entail remains to be seen, however with the might of Microsoft behind them, and an enviable record to date, no doubt the next few titles to come from this British studio are sure to be a hit amongst arcade racing fans the world over... Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Happy to hear of the ownership change for Playground Games? Looking forward to new products? Fan of the Forza Horizon franchise? Let us know in the comments section below!