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Alright, we're absolutely huge PGR fans here at Pure Xbox (maybe some more than others!) so you can only imagine our collective sigh when this morning, we heard that a Project Gotham Racing reboot attempt failed at Xbox, back in the 360 era. Bummer!

In a new interview with GQ Magazine, the outlet sat down with multiple members of the Forza dev teams to discuss the highly-anticipated Forza Motorsport reboot. When chatting with Trevor Williams, studio head at Playground Games, the developer opened up about the birth of the Forza Horizon spin-off series.

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As it turns out, Forza Horizon started out life as a PGR reboot attempt. Playground Games pitched such a project to Xbox and Turn 10, but ultimately, neither were interested in another PGR title at the time. Remember, this wouldn't have been too long after the final game in the series, PGR4, launched back in 2007.

Rather than completely shoot down Playground Games though, Turn 10 went back to the team and asked, simply, "What would you do with Forza? Where would you take Forza?" Playground then wrote down their pitch for Forza Horizon, "almost on a napkin", and the rest as they say, is history.

"It was one of those stories where the steak turns to ash in your mouth, and I'm thinking, 'how do we afford the flights home? [...] After five minutes, Alan was like, what would you do with Forza? Where would you take Forza? And we pitched what literally became Horizon, almost on a napkin."

It's a crying shame we've not seen a Project Gotham game for almost 15 years, but we can't complain too much. Forza Horizon is one of the standout series' on Xbox, and we've spent many, many hours out on those open roads since 2012.

Would you like to see PGR return one day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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