Playground Games Co-Founder Gavin Raeburn is Leaving the Forza Horizon Studio

Playground Games Co-Founder Gavin Raeburn is Leaving the Forza Horizon Studio

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Matt Lorrigan

Veteran game developer Gavin Raeburn is departing from Playground Games, the studio he helped co-found, Microsoft and Playground have announced (via Windows Central).

Raeburn started his career at Codemasters, working on DiRT, F1, and GRID, before leaving to start Playground games, alongside fellow Codemasters alumni Trevor Williams and Ralph Fulton. It will be co-founder Trevor Williams that will be stepping in, moving from General Manager to Studio Head. Raeburn departs with the development of the critically acclaimed Forza Horizon 5 complete.

“After 12 years working on five award-winning Forza Horizon games, Gavin Raeburn is leaving Playground Games as Studio Director,” Microsoft said in a statement to Windows Central. “A founding member of Playground Games, we thank Gav for his leadership and contributions to the Forza franchise and wish him all the best. Co-founder Trevor Williams will transition from General Manager to Studio Head effective immediately, as the Playground Games team focuses on updates to Forza Horizon 5 and the development of Fable.”

Playground Games will now be looking ahead to the development of the highly anticipated new Fable title. First announced back in July 2020, the new Fable title is aiming to balance both old and new ideas, and will use the Forza Horizon engine

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