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Forza Horizon Developer Confirms New Project is an RPG

Playground:

“We have a home for our new AAA open-world action RPG project!"

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UCForce25d ago

I’m very interested to see that.

chrisx25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Yea sounds interesting. Curious to see which setting the game takes place in.

nix25d ago

it'll be like Mad Max.

haydenlake25d ago

Considering their Horizon games are set close to nature, fantasy is likely, but they might surprise us.

darthv7225d ago

Seems the question on everyone's mind (down below) is will it be exclusive to MS or will it be multiplat for MS, sony and Nintendo?

I'm going to take a guess and say it will be for MS (XB and PC) because of all the work they have done on their Horizon engine and assets at their disposal from MS libraries. Not only that... MS could use more new games and would be stupid to let this one fall through the cracks.

_-EDMIX-_24d ago

@Darth-but that work was also done on a Microsoft to owned property there an independent team so at this point who knows.

Being contracted to work on another company's intellectual property that you don't own doesn't actually mean your next game will be published by that company automatically, if anything look at ready at dawn or look at Ninja Theory after Heavenly sword. Or even look at creative assembly after Halo Wars 2.

When an independent team is contracted to work on an intellectual property that they do not own them making their own new IP doesn't really mean by default it will be with the same publisher that they worked with previously but there definitely is a chance.

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Aceman1825d ago (Edited 25d ago )

OMG could it be a new IP in another genre? Color me surprised, and keen to see how this project turns out.

Finally an internal studio trying their hand at something different. Hopefully they'll find great success how Guerilla did with Horizon.

IRetrouk25d ago

They are independant developers, ie 3rd party

Obscure_Observer25d ago

@IRetrouk

They are second party. They work exclusively for MS until further notice. Just like Naughty Dog before Sony bought them.

Krysis25d ago

@obscure even though you are 100% right you will get downvoted to oblivion out of spite. The problem is the fanboys here complain about MS lack of games but they don't actually want them to get more games cause then they lose ammo for the fanboy wars.

bluefox75525d ago

@Obscure They work with MS because they've only worked on IPs that were owned by MS. This is a new IP, they have no obligation to stay.

Aceman1825d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Well I know I didnt down vote anyone, I'm just surprised to hear that a new IP coming to xbox is more than just halo, forza or gears from internal or 2nd party studio.

uptownsoul25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Obscure_Observer - "They are second party. They work exclusively for MS until further notice. Just like Naughty Dog before Sony bought them." ...Wrong...

Playground Games only worked on Forza Horizon & expansion packs and that is a franchise that Microsoft owns. That does NOT mean that any new IP they work on will automatically be exclusive to Microsoft. Maybe Microsoft makes a deal with them to keep it exclusive, maybe not (and if they both agree to make it exclusive then thats perfectly fine). But Playground Games are free to work with whichever publisher they want...(and are under no obligation to make their next game exclusive to Microsoft).

@Krysis - "@obscure even though you are 100% right you will get downvoted to oblivion out of spite." ...Wrong...

Obscure is 100% wrong...And that's why this particular comment will & should get downvoted to oblivion

bluefox75525d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Krysis Unless they have a deveopment contract with MS to only make games for Xbox, which I wasn't able to find anywhere on google, then no, you and he are both wrong. Maybe you guys don't know what second party means, but they are NOT second party.

IRetrouk25d ago

Yeah and insomniac was considered 2nd party till they wernt....point was they arnt an internal studio....

Obscure_Observer25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@bluefox

"They work with MS because they've only worked on IPs that were owned by MS. This is a new IP, they have no obligation to stay."

And where did you get the info that Playground owns the IP? Lmao! Xbox is lacking on RPG front after the cancelation of Fable and Scalebound and you think a new RPG from a studio that only work for Microsoft for its entire life would all of sudden be on Playstation?

Wake Up!

uptownsoul25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Obscure_Observer - "And where did you get the info that Playground owns the IP? Lmao! Xbox is lacking on RPG front after the cancelation of Fable and Scalebound and you think a new RPG from a studio that only work for Microsoft for its entire life would all of sudden be on Playstation?"

Just b/c Xbox is lacking in the RPG genre does NOT mean that a deal with PlayGround Games has been made. Maybe it has, maybe it hasn't...Maybe they're still in talks...But maybe, just maybe, a 3rd party publisher has made the deal

Its as simple as this:
If Microsoft & PlayGround Games make a deal...New IP = Microsoft Exclusive
If Microsoft & PlayGround Games do NOT make a deal...New IP = FULL Multiplat

bluefox75525d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Obscure I didn't, I have no idea if they own the IP. I think it goes without saying that if MS owns the IP, then PG has no choice. But until I know, I'm not going to make blind assumptions and baseless proclamations like: "They're second party", even if Playground games didn't own the IP, that still wouldn't make them second party. Furthermore, I didn't say anything about Playstation, you did. For all you or I know this could be a Switch exclusive You're spreading misinformation. Just admit you were wrong.

Aceman1825d ago

I will say this if this game turns out to be just as great as Horizon ZD then I might consider buying another xbox system.

UltraNova25d ago

@obscure and uptown

If PG developed this RPG exclusively for MS wouldn't Phil be the first to break out the news ? I mean they kinda need some new game announcements right now....

Just laying this ^^ out there....

Obscure_Observer25d ago

@uptownsoul

Keep on wishing! They are second party. IF they want to go full independent third party, then yes, they can. But if it was the case, we´ll be aware of their decision before hand. Just like Ready at Dawn, Insonmiac and now Remedy.

If you think this game is comming to PS4, be prepared for some serious disappointment.

Obscure_Observer25d ago

@Bluefox

"But until I know, I'm not going to make blind assumptions and baseless proclamations like: "They're second party", even if Playground games didn't own the IP, that still wouldn't make them second party. Furthermore, I didn't say anything about Playstation, you did. For all you or I know this could be a Switch exclusive You're spreading misinformation. Just admit you were wrong."

Blind assumptions and baseless proclamations? Did you saw Xbox fans saying The Last of Us would be multiplat? Naughty Dog were second party back then in case you don´t remember? So, i would love to see what you Sony fans would say if Quantic Dream announces a new ip and Xbox fans crowed the articles saying it i´ll be multiplatform.

Aceman1825d ago

@obscure

Yes you are right they were 2nd party until being purchased after the release of Jak&Daxter in 2001.

uptownsoul25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Obscure_Observer - "If you think this game is comming to PS4, be prepared for some serious disappointment."

I never said what I think...I'll state what I said again:
If Microsoft & PlayGround Games make a deal...New IP = Microsoft Exclusive
If Microsoft & PlayGround Games do NOT make a deal...New IP = FULL Multiplat.......Neither you, nor I, know if an exclusive deal has been (or will be) made or not.

Nobody (including you & me) have enough information (as of this comment) to know if the game will be exclusive or multiplat

rainslacker24d ago

They also talked about multi-plat gaming after they released FH3. They didn't commit, but they are free to do so if they wish. However, it's possible MS is funding a project through them. Obviously, MS would want something to go against Horizon, and if Playground wanted to move on and had a good idea then why not?

Maybe it's one of those games MS stated they started work on.

sinspirit24d ago

Until further notice, it is more likely that this is not an exclusive IP. Why wouldn't this be announced as a XBox exclusive if they get flamed for no exclusives so much? They worked with MS for money. It doesn't mean they want to stay on one side. Especially, since the last one did so well. Now they have more budget to make what they want to and hopefully be fully independent, aside from a third party publisher.

_-EDMIX-_24d ago

@obscure - not really because to my understanding the team has only out of happenchance only worked on specific Microsoft properties to my understanding this team is not owned by Microsoft.

I mean basically what you're trying to say is that this is not a third-party team despite them being an independent team that is not owned....

SolidGear324d ago

Horizon and Horizon. Mind blown.

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GUTZnPAPERCUTZ25d ago

Yep, After playing FH3, I always would stop and look around and think what it would be like if they made another type of open world game using that engine!

_-EDMIX-_24d ago

Agreed this is nice to hear but wasn't this confirmed like a long time ago?

Are they going to development independent or haven't they found a publisher for it yet?

I would assume with an open world action RPG there's going to be a pretty high cost of the development so it wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft was publishing.

fenome24d ago

Cool, let 'em spread their wings.

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FallenAngel198425d ago

Forza Horizon developer says new game is...

on the horizon.

Shiken25d ago

New iteration of racing game, Forza Zero Dawn.

Takes place in a post apocalyptic world where cars now have a mind of their own. You design a car and deveop stats as you upgrade throughout the game, hence being and RPG. Lootboxes will offer premium parts not available elsewhere in the world.

Also in the future, we have Gears of War: Uncharted Territory featuring a quest for a lost treasure to end the threat against humanity and Halo Wars X, because to MS strategy is a still a newer way to play.

zerocarnage25d ago

What you refer to has already been done and it's called transformers.

You just not funny or make no sense..

Shiken25d ago

Transformers are an alien race that has taken the form of cars and the like to blend in, set in a madern world. Forza Zero Dawn will feature cars built from human technology gone wrong in a post apocalyptic world.

Please pay attention =P

Krysis25d ago

Microsoft should totally take notes from Sony on the 1st party games as they are fantastic. Sony had no problem taking a cue from MS on the networking side and they finally have a good online network this gen.

Nyxus25d ago

I'm certainly interested.

mcstorm25d ago

Me to Horizon games have been amazing cant wait to see what they do next.

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rainslacker24d ago

Same. Always for a new RPG IP. Will be eager to see what they have going on. Playground has proven themselves to be capable developers, so bring it on.

Yi-Long25d ago

Does this mean we won't see a Forza Horizon 4 releasing next fall...?

UCForce25d ago

This is the second studio who will do new IP.

Why o why25d ago

Forza horizon team doing what the guys who did horizon zero dawn did

Good luck to them. .

_-EDMIX-_24d ago

I mean not necessarily Microsoft owns the intellectual property for all we know they've already got another developer working on the game.

Geeeebeeee24d ago

ms said they won't announce games early, so it's likely this game gonna release within 2018?

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Team_Litt25d ago

Almost guaranteed it will appear at least on Xbox even if it is multiplat. I for one only care that it releases soon because I think they make awesome games

JonnS25d ago

Cool that they will try something different, but just hope this becomes one of those first party buys Spencer hinted about 3weeks ago .

UCForce25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

I think it will be on Xbox One and PC.

Bigpappy25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

It will be on Xbox. The question should be: will there be a PS version?

Western RPG's are my favorite genre

JonnS25d ago

Me personally hope Xbox buys Playground so they can alternate between FH and this new RPG for Xbox.

rainslacker24d ago

Playground has two development teams now. I believe one of the teams is already working on the next FH. The 2nd I guess is working on an RPG.

Bennibop25d ago

They are a 3rd party, so unless they have signed it over to Microsoft expect to see it on other platforms.

aawells0725d ago

I'd be willing to bet that MS has locked this down.

UCForce25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

@Obscure_Observer Well, they did said they are freelancer developer so they can work with any publishers whatever they want. @aawells07 It’s up to them.

andrewsquall25d ago

Yeah, you wish they were an independent studio.......... like they are. Lmao.

BIGBOSS0825d ago

You wish? This guy acting like we talking about GTA 6 or something. Don't worry, non xbox gamers have plenty of exclusives to play. You guys are the ones dying for games so yeah I actually hope this is xbox exclusive because I feel sorry for you guys.

Bennibop25d ago

@Obscure Why do I wish? I have an Xbox One X, Switch and Ps4 Pro, it makes no odds to me silly boy.

rainslacker24d ago (Edited 24d ago )

I wish too Obscure. You know why? because I like playing games, and Playground has proven themselves to be capable developers. Since this game likely won't come out until next gen, and likely won't bother with an OGX1/S version, and since I have absolutely no intention to support MS again any time soon after they completely screwed up this gen and didn't deliver on all those games or promises that made me buy my X1, I'd be happy to play this game on PS, or Switch. If by chance it comes out on OGX1, I'll be happy to play it. At least assuming it's something that interests me.

But you...you seem to relish in delight over a possibility that MS has this as exclusive so you can lord it over PS fans? Honestly, you're more worthy to be laughed at than any other person on here, because you're just assuming that MS has this on lock down, despite not a single shred of evidence to support such an assumption beyond Playground having been contracted to make the FH games for a while now.

While I'll concede there is a high possibility that because of Playgrounds good relationship with MS, that it very well could be exclusive, however, I also know that MS doesn't seem to like to take risks on things they aren't positive will make money, so a new RPG IP would not exactly be something they are prone to supporting.

I'm just happy a new RPG IP is being made. Hopefully it's good. I couldn't care less if it's multi-plat, and if no console maker has picked it up, it very likely will be.

Obscure_Observer24d ago (Edited 24d ago )

@rainslacker

YOU are the joke here! Who will ever take you seriously after all the arrogant and IGNORANT BS that you said about the Xbox One X? When comparissons started to pop up no one could find you, and you know why?

Because you don´t have the guts to stand up for what you preach for. Hate your Xbox? Sell it! I´m tired of you whining drowning everyone around you with your sorrow and misery!

Playground has NEVER create any game for any company besides Microsoft. They are bigger, they are popular, they are master of their craft thanks to their talent, passion, vision and of course... Microsoft! So yeah, call me delusional, but i´m 99% positive that Microsoft has this game lock down!

This game has been on development for a while now and as far i can remember, due Fable and Scalebound cancelations Phil said he will not be announce any game too early in development anymore. So yeah, i´m expecting a proper announcement of Playground´s new game at E3 2018. And when i said "proper" i mean gameplay! No CGs!

Phil said what he´ll do regarding first party studios, so, don´t be surprised in case Microsoft acquires Playground Games. Time will tell.

badz14924d ago

@Bennibop @Obscure

even IF they signed with MS, the game will be on 2 platforms at least. all MS games go to PC, so no need to worry if you don't have an xbone to play it on.

rainslacker24d ago

I was in some articles. Not all, because I don't really care, and none of them disproved anything I said in the past. Most games still don't have enhancements, which so far are marginal or decent, and to date, there is no reason to assume that all games will, which is about all I really said. I have nothing to hide from with my past comments.

I'm not selling my Xbox. I have purchased cuphead, and plan on playing it soon. I'll also get Ori2 and play a few BC titles.

Selling it will not remove my "misery". games would. My problem is that MS has not delivered near what they promised. As such, I will call them out for their utter failure to be a publisher worth a damn. MS got my money. I'll continue on saying I'm a unsatisfied customer, which may actually benefit you, since maybe MS will get the message that more games is good. You're welcome.

"Playground has NEVER create any game for any company besides MS"

So? They're an indie and not obligated to MS. Plus, when devs start talking about potential for multi-plat, they're usually fishing for a publisher. Hate to break that little fact to you, but it's almost always the case.

"They are bigger, they are popular, they are master of their craft" (snip)

All true.

To put this into perspective. PG is a talented dev. As such, they likely have lots of their own ideas. If MS won't fund them, then they will go elsewhere. Hence, maybe go multi-plat. They owe nothing to MS beyond their contract....but obviously respect MS. I'm sure they approached MS for funding. Whether MS did or not is up for speculation. you're assuming MS did. I say there is a high chance that MS did. But I also accept that MS may not have. You assume, I say it might be the case, but there are other possibilities.

I don't think you're delusional, but I can't say what I think you are because I'd be flagged as inappropriate.

But again, my argument is based on reason and possibilities, yours is based on wishful thinking and a desire to stick it to players on another console. I question if the actual game is important to you over bragging rights....for an unknown game, of an unknown IP, with an unknown release date. I'm willing to be hopeful the game is good and I'm eager to learn more, regardless of what platform it releases on. You just want it to be exclusive. But I'm laughable? OK then.

If it's not on OGX1, I likely won't play it. not because of console preference, but because MS made it hard to trust them.

There is nothing to suggest the game has been in development for a while. PG formed its 2nd studio in Feb 2017. Depending on which team is making the game, it either started in or after Feb 2017, or after FH3 released last year. Either way, that's less than a year in development. Feel free to give me evidence it's been longer than a year it's been in development though.

"Phil said"(Snip)

Phil says a lot of things. You know the rest of this argument.

As far as acquiring PG, seems kind of unlikely since they just opened a 2nd studio, and may not want to be brought. Not all devs just sell because someone comes a'knocking. Insomniac for instance. PG always struck me as the same kind of studio, and in that vein, they may feel they can gain more exposure, and become more like Insomniac by expanding beyond what MS can offer them.

Razzer24d ago

“Playground has NEVER create any game for any company besides Microsoft.”

Which means.....nothing. Remedy used to be a dedicated MS 3rd party dev. Now they are going third party. Insomniac was in line with Sony, but they have done multiplats and an Xbox exclusive. Third party can do whatever they want. This game may very well be MS exclusive, but we don’t know that. Hilarious that you are getting so worked up about it even being a possibility that it could come to PS. But knowing you....hardly surprising.

Obscure_Observer24d ago

@rainslacker

"MS got my money. I'll continue on saying I'm a unsatisfied customer, which may actually benefit you, since maybe MS will get the message that more games is good. You're welcome."

You don´t want Xbox to get better, so spare me of your complacent bs! You just want to rant about your 'endless suffering" as an Xbox One owner while talking trash about Xbox to score some points with your fanboy peers. N4G is not the place that an unhappy/inteligent customer would use to send a message to Microsoft and you know that. Want to speak your mind for those that will actually hear what have to say in this regard? USE THE PROPER CHANNELS! I doubt that you´re a valiable member at Xbox Feedback so all that´s left for you is come to Xbox articles on N4G for your trolling fix.

"So? They're an indie and not obligated to MS. Plus, when devs start talking about potential for multi-plat, they're usually fishing for a publisher. Hate to break that little fact to you, but it's almost always the case."

Never said they´re obligated to MS, but, as you said yourself; Playground just assemble a second team working on a new (BIG) site on a new ip; an AAA single player Action RPG created by a studio that has not experience on the genre which only equals to one thing: BIG RISK! BIG MONEY! Where´s all that money is comming from? Hu? EA? Activison? Ubisoft? Sony??? Take a wild guess!

"I question if the actual game is important to you over bragging rights. You just want it to be exclusive. But I'm laughable? OK then."

Oh it is important to me, yes. More than you know. And it´s not for bragging rights because... you know, i´m not you. You don´t see me bashing games like you do. You consitently fail to see a game for it´s own merits which means that you fail to see games as art. All that you like to talk about is how a game is "compeling" to the masses. How sad is that? Chances are I been gamming for longer than you and i´m sure i have more games than you, because... i have no loyalty to any company. I love Xbox games, i love Sega games, i love Nintendo games i love Playstation games AND its consoles. I know for a fact that most games which are compeling to you on Playstation is also compeling to me. At the same time, i know that most Xbox games are not compeling to you as i know that most of all Xbox games is compeling to me. That said, i see no point to brag about games since i´m a multi console owner and don´t spend my time here complaining about games and how "compeling" they are. I chose to stay positve rather than pesimistic. That´s the difference between us.

"There is nothing to suggest the game has been in development for a while. PG formed its 2nd studio in Feb 2017. Depending on which team is making the game, it either started in or after Feb 2017, or after FH3 released last year. Either way, that's less than a year in development. Feel free to give me evidence it's been longer than a year it's been in development though."

There´s nothing suggesting that Ghost of Tsushima is on development for more than 3 years either. All that we have is a CG presentation and the developers words on the matter. I don´t work for PG so my guesses is just good as yours. But i have a feeling that we´re about to see this game way sooner that you expect. Next gen? 2020-2021 maybe? Not a chance.

Razzer24d ago

“m a multi console owner and don´t spend my time here complaining about games and how "compeling" they are. I chose to stay positve rather than pesimistic. That´s the difference between us.“

lol...such bullshit

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