Amazon to publish open-world driving game from former Forza Horizon devs

Amazon to publish open-world driving game from former Forza Horizon devs
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Lloyd Coombes

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29th May 2024 13:32

If you enjoyed the Forza Horizon titles from Playground Games, Amazon's latest foray into gaming may rev your engine.

The company has announced it will publish a new driving game from Maverick Games, a team of former Playground Games alumni.

But it's a little less track simulation and a lot more free-roaming, marking a welcome shift in the Forza series...

Amazon to publish open-world racing game from former Playground Games team

Maverick Games leadership team
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While the game has no title as yet, we know it'll be a "narrative-led open-world driving game" and that it's aiming to launch on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

"In our ongoing global search for talented development teams who are building compelling titles that players will love, Maverick Games stood out as a studio that can deliver on all fronts," VP of Amazon Games Christoph Hartmann said in a press release.

"We founded Maverick Games with a clear vision: to build a developer-first studio that would foster an environment of creativity and risk-taking," said Mike Brown, formerly the creative director of the Forza Horizon franchise.

As for that narrative focus, Jamie Brittain, co-creator of British teen drama Skins, will be the lead writer on the game, while other team members have worked on the likes of DIRT, GRID, and Just Cause 3.

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It's a big day for publishing deals it seems - earlier on we reported that former Rocksteady devs have reportedly agreed a publishing deal with Xbox.

As for Playground Games, the studio is currently working on the Fable reboot as an Xbox and PC exclusive, which marks a big departure from its critically acclaimed open-world racing franchise.

Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes
Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.
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