Playground Games

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Playground Games
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 2010
Headquarters Royal Leamington Spa, England, UK
Key people
Gavin Raeburn
Trevor Williams
Ralph Fulton
Products Forza Horizon series
Number of employees
115 (February 2017) [1][2]

Playground Games is an independent British video game developer located in Royal Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom. They are known for developing the Forza Horizon series, which is part of the larger Forza franchise published by Microsoft Studios.


The development studio was established in 2010, by former employees of other well known British games developers, such as Codemasters, Bizarre Creations, Criterion Games, Ubisoft Reflections, Slightly Mad Studios, Black Rock Studio, Juice Games, Sony Liverpool and many other world-class developers that are known for their racing video games. At the 2012 Microsoft Showcase in California, Playground Games announced their first project, Forza Horizon. The title was developed in collaboration with Turn 10 Studios. The game was published by Microsoft, for the Xbox 360, and released on 23 October 2012.[3] In September 2014 the studio released Forza Horizon 2, on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, to critical acclaim and most recently Forza Horizon 3, on Xbox One and Windows 10, in September 2016.[4] Their latest title Forza Horizon 3 received an aggregated review score of 91 on Metacritic[5] making it the highest scoring exclusive game for the Xbox One.[6]

In February 2017, the studio explained plans in an interview with to open a new studio focusing on a non-racing open world video game project.[7] In November 2017 the company announced they were developing an "open-world action RPG" with Sean Eyestone as production director, as well as Will Kennedy (chief designer), and Juan Fernandez di Simon (principle combat designer)- at the same time they opened a second studio in Leamington Spa to accommodate the new team. Expected headcounts for each studio were 200 persons.[8] Recent rumors circulating online suggest that this might be the next installment in the Fable game series.[9]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2012 Forza Horizon Xbox 360
2014 Forza Horizon 2 Xbox One
2016 Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 10
TBA New Fable Game [10] TBA


  1. ^ "Playground Games opening second studio for open world game". Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "About Playground Games". Playground Games. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Forza Horizon announcement". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Forza Horizon 3 - Playground Games". Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Forza Horizon 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Metacritic lists Forza Horizon 3 as seventh best reviewed game of 2016 | On MSFT". On MSFT. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Playground Games opening second studio for open world game". Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Batchelor, James (23 November 2017). "Playground Games hires GTA V, Metal Gear Solid and Hellblade devs for open-world action RPG". 
  9. ^ Gebhart, Andrew (17 January 2018). "Microsoft's reportedly ready to revive the Fable franchise". 
  10. ^ "Sources: Microsoft plots Fable return". Eurogamer. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 

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