After almost three decades with Microsoft and a wealth of experience in the creation of some of the best titles known to Xbox, Shannon Loftis (head of World’s Edge), today announced her retirement. Shannon started her journey with Microsoft in 1993 after studying computer science and mathematics at Duke University. Her early work focused on the development of online card-playing games then moving on to larger projects in the console gaming space. As Publishing Producer, Shannon was responsible for multiplayer games across PC, Xbox, and Xbox 360, including: the Madness series, Project Gotham Racing, Fable, and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. She also built and managed several global teams during her tenure at Microsoft.
End of an Era
Most recently, Shannon Loftis led the team at World’s Edge, where she worked as part of a successful team tasked with reviving the Age Of Empires series. She retires after leading Age Of Empires IV, which has become the best and fastest-selling title in the franchise. CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer and others from the Xbox teams paid tribute to the achievements of Shannon Loftis across the internet.