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'Forza Horizon 2' director on racing genre: 'It's a great time for the genre'

Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
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Forza Horizon 2 is the first of a slew of racing games that are going to be released over the course of the next few months. This Xbox exclusive is the second time through the Forza series for Playground Games and it comes at a time when the genre itself is as healthy as it has ever been.

Getting to create a game during a high time for the genre is something Playground Games relishes. Ralph Fulton, who is the creative director on Forza Horizon 2, talked about how the racing genre is in the middle of a renaissance of sorts and how exciting it is to be a part of it.

"One of the things that's great for me, personally, not just in terms of Playground and Horizon 2, it's the rude health the scene is in. We came from a place where people really didn't want to know about racing games - now you've got people working on new IP, reviving old franchises. It's a really great time for the genre," Fulton said.

Indeed it is a great time for the racing genre. Looking toward the fall release season of games, there are a total of six racing games releasing within two months of each other. Titles like Forza Horizon 2, DRIVECLUB and The Crew are among the six launching later this year. It's truly a great time to be a racing fan with such a strong diversity in the types of racing games being released.

With this being the second installment in the Forza Horizon series, Playground Games has a chance to further cement themselves among the elite in the racing genre. Fulton talked about how much he loves working within the world of Forza and how it's a joy to be making Forza Horizon 2.

"This is our second game, I love working on Forza, I love working on our own little bit of Forza. We came up with Horizon because it's the game we always wanted to play. The fact we've got the ability to make this game in what I think is the greatest racing franchise there is - why would we do anything else?" Fulton said.

Forza Horizon 2 leads off what will be a major fall for the Xbox One, as the game launches on Sept. 30. It will be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Other Xbox exclusives coming out later this year are the games Sunset Overdrive and of course, Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Thanks, Eurogamer!

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