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Forza Horizon studio hires GTA V and Metal Gear developers for open-world RPG

While we don't know much about this upcoming RPG, we do know that the studio is ramping up production by hiring more people. According to a recent report by PCGamesN, Playground Games hired developers from Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), the Metal Gear Solid series, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The studio has only worked on the excellent Forza Horizon franchise in the past so this is their first venture in another genre. However, they have experience crafting open world games due to the Forza Horizon series.

The latest addition to Playground Games is Sean Eyestone. Eyestone recently worked on Star Wars Battlefront II but he spent a decade at Kojima Productions where one of his projects was Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Other notable hires include Will Kennedy, who worked on GTA V, and Juan Fernandez di Simon, who was at Ninja Theory when they made Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

Aside from these prominent individuals, Playground Games is growing from 200 developers to over 400 developers. This is in response to their new RPG. It's unclear when we'll hear more about it but the game is supposed to be a multiplatform project so expect it on a lot systems aside from Xbox One. Hopefully we'll have a proper reveal at E3 2018.

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11 Comments
  • Name is perfect for that type of game.
  • Microsoft needs to buy them.
  • Ahhh NO.  We want this company to succeed,  not be gutted....
  • A racing games developer ... wants to make an RPG ... with guys that make GTA and Metal Gear. Nothing weird with that statement, lol. Reminds me of the time Codemasters (racing games developer) made a shooter with the same engine.
  • Wait, which game was this? I must know!
  • 2 Operation Flashpoint games
  • And Bodycount. 
  • Devs are capable of making games in different genres. Look at Blizzard, did anyone think that the RTS company could make a MMO? The same happened with Overwatch, Blizzard had never made a FPS before that. 
  • Forza Horizon is basically an open world RPG already; about driving at least
  • I've always wanted to play GTA V with Forza Horizon physics and now this!!!
  • 400+ devs x $80k a year + dev kits, PCs, software, outsourcings, etc... A game takes 3~5 years to make...