Microsoft Possibly Acquiring Forza Horizon 3 Developer Playground Games

Article By 
Alan Walsh
June 5, 2018

Microsoft Possibly Acquiring Forza Horizon 3 Developer Playground Games

Article By 
Alan Walsh
June 5, 2018

Microsoft looks set to be acquiring Playground Games, the studio located in the UK behind the Forza Horizon series.

An update on the studio’s official Companies House page – a UK Government website that holds details for all registered companies in the country, reveals that Keith Dolliver was appointed as a new director of Playground Games on May 29th, 2018, as spotted by WCCFTech.

Keith Dolliver is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation and according to his LinkedIn profile, specializes in mergers and acquisitions. He has been previously appointed as director of a number of other companies that Microsoft has acquired over the years, including other British studios such as Rare and Lionhead, as well as Skype, Havok and LinkedIn.

In addition, I’ve also heard from some reputable sources that Microsoft has acquired Playground Games, with an official announcement to be made soon.

Considering Microsoft has renewed its focus on investing in more first-party studios to increase its exclusives portfolio and the number of titles launching on its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, not to mention a new Fable title reportedly in-development at Playground Games’ second studio, an acquisition of the British developer would make sense for Microsoft. The Redmond giant also recently promoted Matt Booty as the Head of Microsoft Studios and hired former Square Enix studios boss Darrell Gallagher, who is rumoured to be leading a new team in Santa Monica, California.

All titles by Playground Games so far have been in the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon series. The latest entry, Forza Horizon 3 is ranked as the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive on Metacritic. The next Forza Horizon title is expected to make its debut at E3 2018, during the Microsoft briefing this Sunday, June 10th. Combined with the recent Companies House update, an official announcement of Playground Games being acquired by Microsoft could be on the way.

Alan Walsh

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