TURTLE ROCK STUDIOS
ABOUT Country: United States www.turtlerockstudios.com
On the one hand, $75m from five-vs-one monster multiplayer shooter Evolve – which was hotly tipped when announced and still debuted strongly despite a delay from 2014 to early 2015 – is a highly impressive revenue performance. On the other hand, it’s undoubted that parent firm 2K Games wanted more. Instead, user numbers have arguably stalled and sales on Steam have slowed. It’s unlikely the end of the franchise though, with this unique blend of premium game with DLC strategy ripe for a second pass. The Evolution will be televised.
ABOUT Country: United Kingdom www.playground-games.com
1-53 Develop100 Studio Spotlight_vFinal.indd 42
Sometimes considered the ‘B Team’ to US-based Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10’s ‘A’, Playground actually rises to a much harder challenge: it’s open-world Horizon sub-series is tasked with keeping the racing game franchise interesting between tentpole releases and also present a more mainstream experience. But clearly it’s paying off – word is that the Forza Horizon SKUs have outperformed the core, more simulation-oriented Forza games in key territories. The UK developer led development on last year’s acclaimed Forza Horizon 2, with some assistance from fellow British dev Sumo Digital. STUDIO HOTLIST