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Studio head departs Forza Horizon and Fable developer Playground Games

New horizons.

Chris Kerr

January 5, 2022

1 Min Read

Playground Games studio director and co-founder Gavin Raeburn is departing the Forza Horizon 5 developer after over a decade.

As reported by Windows Central, Raeburn helped establish the UK studio in 2009 and quickly began working on the Forza Horizon franchise with the help of Turn 10 Studios.

Under Raeburn's leadership, the studio continued to grow and was eventually purchased by Microsoft in 2018, becoming an integral part of the Xbox maker's roster of first-party studios.

The long-serving director will be replaced by Playground co-founder and general manager, Trevor Williams, who will take on the role of studio head effective immediately.

Playground is currently working on supporting Forza Horizon 5 while developing the next instalment in the Fable franchise.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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