Forza, a name synonymous with high-octane racing and open-world adventure, is one of the shining stars in the Microsoft gaming universe. For years, the Forza Motorsport and Horizon titles have been thrilling players with their intense gameplay and stunning graphics.
Behind the scenes, the dedicated team at Turn 10, Sumo Digital, and Playground Games have been the driving force behind the Forza brand.
However, recent developments have seen a shakeup in the Forza family, as key members of the Playground Games team, the studio responsible for the beloved Horizon series, have ventured off to form their own AAA studio.
Introducing Maverick Games, a new powerhouse in the gaming industry, helmed by none other than Mike Brown, the former Creative Director at Playground Games.
Joining him is a team of talented individuals, including nine other industry veterans from not only the Forza team, but also from EA and Sharkmob London.
Rounding out the leadership team are Tom Butcher as Executive Producer, Matt Craven as CTO, and Harinder Sangha as COO, each bringing their own unique skills and expertise to the table.
With a team this experienced and passionate, it’s clear that Maverick Games is destined for greatness.
Butcher and Craven may have cut their teeth at Playground, but their latest venture brings a new player to the table: Sangha, a seasoned veteran with experience as co-studio head at Sumo Digital Lemington.
Nestled in the heart of England, the bustling town of Lemington plays host to the trio’s latest endeavor: a AAA studio brimming with ambition and start-up capital.
As they work tirelessly on an open-world title, the studio hums with excitement as the team crafts a world of wonder and possibility for gamers on both PC and console to explore.
The future is uncertain, but one thing is for certain, this studio is poised to make a big impact in the coming months. Only time will tell what surprises they have in store, but we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the gaming community.