Featured Microsoft Acquire Playground Games

Discussion in 'Forza Horizon 4' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    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...

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  2. Kjell81d


    Microsoft is on a buying spree. Somethings up.
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  3. Jordan Dion

    Jordan Dion
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    mod-edit: please mind your language
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  4. InsaneOzzie


    So does this mean MS is moving to join the sim racing scene, or just general game dev, either way I bet they will be windows 10 exclusive titles regardless of genre.
  5. M D Gourley

    M D Gourley

    Sounds ok...unless Microsoft are are using this purchase as a tax right off, lol...highly unlikely though. Playground Games look like they have great experience in Game development and Microsoft have the ideal platforms with both Console and PC...I good match....but sadly, as a Hardcore Sim Racer I may not get to sample any of their goods unless Forza turns Sim (Sim = Automobilista) or they develop a Sim Race Game...only my personal thoughts.
  6. SeriousNewb


    well yes, they want to push Win 10 and their Store, and you can't blame them. I've no idea but I assume those Win 10 Store 'UWP' apps are able to prevent or reduce piracy in some way. If a standard Windows executable can be easily cracked there's no way its going on Win 7.
  7. Richard Dastardly

    Richard Dastardly

    Think they're a bit burned on actual sims still - MSFS got sold off after how many years? MS have been in game dev for decades though.
  8. RobertGracie


    Something is up with all this buying going on, I wonder what the hell is the Director of Microsoft is playing at right now...
  9. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    What's frustrating is that they also force you to update to the latest Windows build.
    Which with quite a few of the builds they have released, is a rather bad thing.
  10. lonewolf00708


    Possibly XBOX PlayAnywhere titles
  11. Mr Latte

    Mr Latte

    Microsoft often looks down the road...
    Mind you, they sure have had their fair share of write-offs.

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  12. Roy Magnes

    Roy Magnes
    Gentleman Driver Premium

    Finally it clicked where I had heared the lyrics before from the trailer, it is an old The Who-song!
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  13. ozm8ey


    Hopefully they start making some rally games. Playground games are supposed to be veterans of racing games that came together
  14. MarkR


    Reading between the lines reported on this I think there are a few reasons for the purchase at this time:

    1. Forza Horizon is now more popular and a better seller than Forza Motorsport, the spin off has become the lead series. Forza has reverted to a more mainstream console game and away from motorsport (no track limits or even 'red time' for off track exploits, no incentive to drive cleanly or fairly etc) because that is where the big sales, player numbers and money is.

    2. As E3 showed once again Microsoft has a serious lack of first party exclusive games (console exclusive ex Steam Indie games do not count!) and Playstation is leading the console wars almost 3:1 in install base. This is despite Xbox One X being the worlds most powerful console, just in case anyone has missed the message Phil Spencer repeats twice in every sentence. Bottom line is PS is winning the exclusives battle by a long distance.

    3. They announced Xbox games will soon be playable on a range of devices from TV to phones and pads without needing any Xbox hardware. What better type of game to have on that type of streamed platform than a pure fun arcade racer?
  15. Ayem22


    They should buy Simbin and Sector 3 for a grain of rice.
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