Something Mobile is Brewing at Turn 10: Possibly a Smartglass App for Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One
There have been rumors floating around alleging that Turn 10 is working on an Xbox One sequel of Forza Horizon and today a very interesting career opportunity ad was published by Microsoft, seeking a Mobile Producer.
Here’s an excerpt from the ad:
Located in the heart of Redmond, Washington, Turn 10 Studios is the creator of the Forza franchise, including the award-winning Motorsport titles and the recently released Forza Horizon open world action racer. At Turn 10, our vision is to grow Forza into the top automotive entertainment brand in the world. Come play a key role on our team and help us achieve this ambitious goal.
As the Turn 10 Senior Mobile Producer, you will lead and drive all aspects of delivering high quality Forza experiences on a variety of mobile platforms including tablets, phones and others. To do so, you will work closely with the Turn 10 Leadership team, designers, engineers, artists and a wide range of internal and external partners.
Ultimately, it will be your responsibility to establish a strategy to deliver Forza experiences on mobile platforms, bring all parties together, fight all the fires, solve all the problems, make sure everything gets done and ship the highest quality experiences possible, on time.
The first interesting element of the ad is that Forza Horizon is named directly, which is unprecedented in career opportunity ads for Turn 10. The title is also given great emphasis, while Forza Motorsport is basically just mentioned in passing.
The second aspect is of course the purpose of creating mobile Forza experiences, which could either indicate a separate mobile game or a Smartglass app for the rumored Xbox One title.
While both options are possible, the Forza franchise isn’t exactly the most mobile-friendly, at least if you’re thinking about a stand-alone title on smartphones. On the other hand a Smartglass application for the rumored Forza Horizon 2 is definitely more interesting.
The original rumor, started on NeoGaf by a user that perfectly nailed the custom Titanfall Xbox One mentioned:
Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… shit tons of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.”
I’m sure I’m not the only one that could easily see how a Smartglass application could fit all those social features like a glove, and today’s career opportunity ad definitely seems to head in the same direction.
Interestingly enough Software Engineer Chris Tector will speak at a DirectX-focused panel on the 20th at the Game Developers Conference. Maybe we’ll hear something about Turn 10’s future plans then.