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Playground Games Studio Director Leaves Company

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As of Jan. 5th, 2022, Playground Games co-founder and studio director Gavin Raeburn has officially left the company following the launch of Forza Horizon 5.

The news was broken by WindowsCentral in an interview with Microsoft executive Alan Hartman.

"After 12 years working on five award-winning Forza Horizon games, Gavin Raeburn is leaving Playground Games as Studio Director," Hartman said, "A founding member of Playground Games, we thank Gav for his leadership and contributions to the Forza franchise and wish him all the best."

Following Raeburn's leave, the studio will have General manager and co-founder Trevor Williams take over the former's position.

Playground Games plans to continue updating Forza Horizon 5 and continue work on the new Fable game.

Raeburn was previously employed at Codemasters for 24 years, as a Freelance Programmer from 1986 to 1995, a Producer from 1995 to 2000, Executive Producer from 2000 to 2008, and Senior Executive Producers from 2008 to 2010.

He was a part of Playground Games from 2009 until his departure from the company was announced this year.

As of this moment, his future endeavors haven't been announced, and he hasn't spoken a word on his leave from Playground Games.