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Studio head and co-founder Gavin Raeburn is leaving Playground Games

Today Playground Games announced the departure of Gavin Raeburn from the Leamington Spa, United Kingdom based studio. Raeburn is one of the founders of the British studio, having worked there for 12 years. Before this Raeburn has worked on titles such as Dirt and Grid. In a statement to Windows Central, CVP of Forza & Fable Alan Hartman had the following to say:

After 12 years working on five award-winning Forza Horizon games, Gavin Raeburn is leaving Playground Games as Studio Director. 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.

This means Trevor Williams will take over from Raeburn as studio head. The other founding member of Playground Games, Ralph Fulton, will continue in his role as creative director at the studio.

Currently Playground Games is working on creating Fable, which was announced during Microsoft’s Xbox Game Showcase back in 2020. The studio has released the fifth addition to the award winning driving series Forza Horizon back in November last year, which has seen over 14 million players since launch.

Pieter "SuikerBrood" Jasper

29 year old gamer who grew up with Commander Keen and Jazz Jackrabbit. A PC Gamer. (Sorry, not sorry). Dutch, but actually Frisian. Loves Age of Empires, Sea of Thieves and wishes for a new Viva Piñata.

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