Forza Horizon on the Xbox 360 was one of the most visually stunning arcade style racers around when it was released last year. It looked to take inspiration from Test Drive Unlimited as you raced around a festival on some of California’s long open roads. The attention to detail on both scenery, environments, cars and tracks was impressive enough for us to rate the game 9.5/10 in our review.
The developers’ Playground Games has listed a flurry of new job ad’s that suggest a new AAA racer is in the works which leads us to assume that a sequel or new side-line Forza racing game is in the development stages. The jobs on offer include, Senior Game Designers, Car Handling Designer, Vehicle QA Technician among many more that state the ideal individuals must have “an excellent working knowledge of, and a real passion for, the racing genre” as well as “an excellent knowledge of cars, tuning and car culture”. All ideal candidates must have had at least one game published on current gen consoles to be considered for the role.
Due to requiring experience of a full development cycle on a AAA game of current generation consoles, it is not yet known what platform the “obvious” new racer is intended for. It hasn’t been confirmed as a Forza Horizon sequel, but the development teams first ever project was the original Forza Horizon. The studio is made up of developers from Codemasters, Bizarre Creations, Criterion Games, and more who are well known to the racing genre.
We’ll report more information in due course.