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Report: Microsoft is acquiring Playground Games


UK developer Playground Games known for making the Forza Horizon series for Xbox One could be about to be acquire by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT 101.670.01%). A PDF document posted on the UK Government’s Companies House website reveals that on May 29th, Keith Ranger Dolliger was appointed as a new director within Playground Games.
Even the service address listed points to Microsoft, and that’s no coincidence. A quick Google search shows that Mr. Dollinger has been a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Business and Corporate Development at Microsoft Corporation for quite a long time. Furthermore, and here’s the bulk of the rumor, he has been appointed as Director on a long list of companies such as LinkedIn, Rare, Skype, Lionhead, Groove Networks, Havok, Xamarin and more. All of those companies at some point were acquired by Microsoft.
This move would make perfect sense and you’d think Microsoft owned them already since their biggest titles were Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives which were Forza Horizon 1, 2, 3 and more than likely 4 which should be announced next week during Microsoft’s E3 2018 Briefing. Forza Horizon 4 is rumored to be set in Japan, but there’s also a possibility it could be in a different location in Europe.
That’s not the only game Playground Games is working on, anyway. A second studio was opened to work on an open world action RPG, with developers who’ve worked on titles like GTAV, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain hired for the occasion.
More recently, a strong rumor suggested that it could be a new entry in the Microsoft-owned Fable IP. Again, this makes a lot of sense given that Lionhead has now disbanded and a UK studio like Playground Games could be the perfect choice.
This news could be announced very soon.
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