Forza Horizon developers form AAA studio Maverick Games

Maverick Games is a new studio from ex-leaders at Playground Games.

Maverick Games

It’s commonplace for developers to leave their long-held studio positions to forge their own path with a new group. That is exactly the case with a couple of higher-ups at Playground Games, who have left the Forza Horizon and Fable developer to start their own studio. Mike Brown and several other Playground veterans have formed Maverick Games, a new AAA gaming studio. published a report this morning that revealed that Maverick Games had been established by a team of ex-Playground Games developers. Mike Brown is leading the team which also includes Tom Butcher, Matt Craven, Gareth Harwood, and Fraser Strachan. The group all comes from high-level roles such as executive producer, content director, and audio director. Harinder Sangha serves as COO and Elly Marshall has been brought on as UX/UI Director.

The rear of a car in Forza Horizon 5

Source: Playground Games also spoke with Brown to get more insight behind the creation of Maverick Games. “[In 2021] we shipped Forza Horizon 5, which was a thrill to work on,” he told the publication. “As much as I had an amazing journey at Playground, I was asking myself, what's next? Do I stick with this fun, good job? Or do I look for other opportunities?

Brown also said that the team at Maverick Games is encouraged to take creative risks with their projects. There’s no word on what the team will make first, but our newly created Maverick Games topic page will have all future news on the studio’s operations.

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    January 10, 2023 9:55 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Forza Horizon developers form AAA studio Maverick Games

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      January 10, 2023 10:06 AM

      How can a new startup studio like this claim they're AAA?

      Is it just the funds they have? Their previous experience? I feel like your new place has gotta ship a AAA product before saying that sort of thing.

      Who cares tho, it's all nonsense these days anyway.

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        January 10, 2023 10:10 AM

        Is Dejobaan Games, LLC a sextuple A developer because they shipped "AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity" ?

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        January 10, 2023 10:24 AM

        AAA games has been a dumb term for decades now, generally it's down to some vague studio size and budget.

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      January 10, 2023 10:12 AM

      I'm going to form a studio to make a game about The Fonz so I can call it AAAAAAAAAAYYYY - The Fonz.

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      January 10, 2023 10:32 AM


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      January 10, 2023 12:28 PM

      I guess they got tired of making cars games over and over. It's a shame, because they are damn good car games.

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