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New AAA studio Forza Horizon 5, made from EA talent



talent from Forza Horizon 5 Developers Playground Games, EA, and Sumo Digital have come together to form a new AAA team based in Leamington Spa, England. It’s called Maverick Games, and the studio is already developing “a new, premium open-world game for consoles and PC.” It’s probably safe to assume that the PS5 is one of the systems the developer plans to release.

Former Playground Games creative director Mike Brown founded the company, and recruited Harinder Sangha (previously co-studio head at Sumo Digital Leamington) as COO. The Playground Games team includes Tom Butcher (Executive Producer), Matt Craven (CTO), Gareth Harwood (Content Director), Fraser Strachan (Audio Director), and Ben Penrose (Art Director). From EA, Elly Marshall is the new developer’s UI/UX director.

A press release explains how Maverick Games has already secured “significant seed funding”, and is already “actively working” on their new game. Jobs are being organized across all sectors, with the studio promoting a “forward-looking culture”, where “talented individuals are supported, inspired and empowered to create”.

Mike Brown said: “Our goal is to make Maverick Games a studio that people will love. For players, we’re already working on an exciting ultra-high quality title, and for developers, we’ve built a Lives where everyone is encouraged to take risks, be curious, be creative, be innovative, be themselves and most of all – be a maverick.”

Since development is probably in the very early stages, this is a project you shouldn’t expect to see or hear about for many years. Still, it looks like this could be an open world game to look forward to in the future.


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