It looks like Forza’s shift to an annual release schedule is cementing itself, as a Forza Horizon sequel was hinted at by the LinkedIn profile of a Playground Games team member.
2011’s Forza 4 was followed last year by Forza Horizon, the first game developed by a team other than Turn 10 Studios. Playground Games took on the development duties for the spin-off, which gave the series a carnival setting, featuring the fictional Horizon Festival and lacking the real world tracks of the main series. With Forza 5 in development back at Turn 10, what are Playground Games up to?
Well, vehicle technical artist Yibo Liu’s profile on LinkedIn may have held the secret. Up until recently his page stated that he was “working as the only technical artist in the vehicle art team for an undisclosed next-gen Forza project.”
Though this has since been changed to something more obscure, where it is now an “undisclosed Xbox One project”, even then the indicators seem quite clear. The annual Forza release schedule will continue a good few years into the Xbox One’s life cycle.
Naturally, a full reveal won’t come for a while yet, with much bigger fish to fry for the foreseeable future.
That Xbox One release thing, as an example.