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Welcome to St Albans House - Playground Games RPG studio

Enjay

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What is it with all of these weird creepy pointless sleepovers that video game developers are having with yous latey? Are there any games being worked on?
 

Gashtronomy

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Concept art looks amazing. Be it a personal piece or not, the dude has some crazy good imagination.

I've never been a fan of racing games but i can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that Forza has been a franchise that has consistently delivered a high-quality experience, across multiple generations and through the noise of the Xbox One launch.

If the same team is working on an RPG, then I say bring it on. I have no doubt that it will be something very special
 
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Concept art looks amazing. Be it a personal piece or not, the dude has some crazy good imagination.

I've never been a fan of racing games but i can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that Forza has been a franchise that has consistently delivered a high-quality experience, across multiple generations and through the noise of the Xbox One launch.

If the same team is working on an RPG, then I say bring it on. I have no doubt that it will be something very special
It very explicitly is not the same team; it's a new team built from the ground up. With that said, PG still do the hires and they've been taking their sweet time with it. Nothing wrong with being optimistic about these guys!
 
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Gashtronomy

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It very explicitly is not the same team; it's a new team built from the ground up. With that said, PG still do the hires and they've been taking their sweet time with it. Nothing wrong with being optimistic about these guys!

A new team is just an extension of the old team. It seems that PG have the atmosphere and ethos to promote greatness, which in-turn makes for a fantastic product.

PG are a testament to gaming, they are never brought up in a negative light in fanboy wars because it's not possible and their output has been consistently top drawer.
 

Xenon

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It very explicitly is not the same team; it's a new team built from the ground up. With that said, PG still do the hires and they've been taking their sweet time with it. Nothing wrong with being optimistic about these guys!

Thank you for your approval I can now feel Justified for it.:messenger_winking_tongue:

I was always under the impression that some team members broke off to form this new team but that's a complete assumption on my part.
 
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Thank you for your approval I can now feel Justified for it.:messenger_winking_tongue:

I was always under the impression that some team members broke off to form this new team but that's a complete assumption on my part.
I mean, it might be a few, but not to the extent that it matters, really.
 

Golgo 13

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Microsoft’s best studio by a country mile, and one of the few to be excited about. I hope Fable 4 turns out amazing.
 

buizel

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Can I get a job there please? Im good UI artists also make coffee good time?
 

quest

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Ninja Theory's Hellblade team, The Initiative, Obsidian, the new Halo director, and both Playground games studios. There is alot to be excited about.
That and I'm stoked it looks like MS will have at least 3 freaking RPG teams inexile, obsidian and playgrounds second studio. This is a place they can differentiate themselves from Sony and Nintendo. Let playground do more witcher fable style RPGs, inexile to do them turn based and second team for action RPGs and obsidian for fall out style RPGs. That will get wallet to open up big time. Exciting times are instore for the future if you enjoy diverse RPGs.
 

quest

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InXile's next project is ARPG and Obsidian is doing fantasy.
You maybe right I just can't see MS sidelining that talent at inexile at turn based strategy RPGs and build them up to 2 team. Especially since those probably can be turned out in relative fast order. I also cannot imagine MS not building up obsidian to many teams so they can get started on a outer worlds sequel ASAP.
 

Bernkastel

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You maybe right I just can't see MS sidelining that talent at inexile at turn based strategy RPGs and build them up to 2 team. Especially since those probably can be turned out in relative fast order. I also cannot imagine MS not building up obsidian to many teams so they can get started on a outer worlds sequel ASAP.
 

Bernkastel

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No, there is no actively developed third project at Playground Games. Stop believing random people in twitter. If you make a thread about this, I will report you and haunt you throughout the site
 

Bernkastel

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So, this imgur post has been making rounds in Reeee, Reddit and Twitter. I am sorry to tell you guys, it has nothing to do with their RPG project.
The leak
I traced one of them back to the ArtStation profile of Don Arceta, Art Director of Playground Games, posted last year

In the comments he said
This is pure tessellation. Tessellation is good if you want to get a visual quickly in game. Probably not viable for realtime games as you'll need a lot of subdivisions. If I were to make this for a game I would've used displacement in zbrush on my simple mesh and generate the low poly there. Then use the new displacement map from zbrush and do tessellation in unreal. One of the drawbacks of tessellation is the lighting. The lighting gets precomputed against the low poly mesh and not the tessellated one. which can cause some lighting errors.
In his LinkedIn he made it obvious that he is mostly involved with the Forza team, not the RPG Team

 

DrScissorsMD

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So, this imgur post has been making rounds in Reeee, Reddit and Twitter. I am sorry to tell you guys, it has nothing to do with their RPG project.
The leak

I traced one of them back to the ArtStation profile of Don Arceta, Art Director of Playground Games, posted last year

In the comments he said

In his LinkedIn he made it obvious that he is mostly involved with the Forza team, not the RPG Team

Someone seeing what they want to see in light of that Xbox leak from a few days ago perhaps.
 

Malio

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Looks like a nice place to sleep and live during the 90 hour week crunch-time!
 
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SirTerry-T

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Is St Albans some Fable reference then or is the studio based in the posh boy English City named after "that Roman soldier who had his head cut off for protecting a Christian priest" ???
Bit of a history lesson for non UK residents, there.
 

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A number of women there with colored hair. Be very careful guys.

Maybe only deal with them via teleconferencing, and always record the conversations, or have someone at your side that you trust.

Try to avoid eye contact or more importantly looking at their physical presence when passing.

If they show interest in you, tell them you're allergic to hair dye.

Never joke with them. Always have a very serious deadpan look on your face, as if you have no emotion.

disclaimer: i'm joking
 
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peter42O

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Expecting the July Xbox showcase to be huge for PlayGround Games. Fully expecting them to reveal Forza Horizon 5 which I believe will be a Series X launch title. Then of course, the long rumored Fable reboot which im hoping to be their version of The Witcher 3 but set in the world of Fable. Can't fucking wait!!!
 
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GaviotaGrande

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Too early. They changed everything including the engine.
Don't ruin my hope! The last FM released in 2017, if they were smart with their new engine, making it so that cars and tracks can be easily carried over, I think 3 years is enough. I want to believe.