Game news Bad news: the creators of Fable and Forza Horizon 5 are leaving the ship! A new studio on the program
Published on 01/10/2023 at 22:18
Definitely, the development of Fable promises to be more than chaotic… Several members of the Playground Games studio have decided to drop everything to start from scratch.
Maverick Games, the new studio from the creators of Forza Horizon 5 Bad omens for Fable?
Maverick Games, the new studio from the creators of Forza Horizon 5
The news just came ! Several developers from Playground Games, namely the studio behind Forza Horizon 5 and the Fable reboot, have left home to found a brand new one: Maverick Games. Among these departures are several thinking heads of the successful motorized saga: Mike Brown, who was the creative director, but also Tom Butcher, main producer of Playground Games, or Matt Craven (technical director), Gareth Harwood and Ben Penrose ( artistic directors) and Fraser Stachan (audio director).
Although this news is very recent, note that Maverick Games is already working on a “premium open-world game” for consoles and PC thanks to obtaining “significant” funding.
For gamers, we’re already hard at work on an exciting, ultra-high quality title, and for developers, we’re building a home where everyone is encouraged to take risks, be curious, creative, innovative, themselves, and above all, a Maverick. Maverick Games via a press release
Bad omens for Fable?
While we don’t know what these massive departures really mean for Playground Games, that obviously doesn’t bode well for the future of Fable. In effect, the studio behind the reboot of Peter Molyneux’s eponymous game – whose development stretches over time – has therefore just lost several of its thinking heads.
Despite everything, Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, remains confident about the future of this project and indicated at the end of last year that the team which is in charge of the next Fable is animated by a real passion for the Licence.
They have a particular passion for licensing. They’ve also shown they understand the heart and soul of Fable and how they can bring it all to life to suit today’s sensibilities. Some of the things I’ve seen are very encouraging. They have an excellent technological base and have demonstrated their commitment to creating quality products. Matt Booty, responsable de Xbox Game Studios
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