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Gavin Raeburn is Leaving Playground Games

Playground Games’ co-founder and industry legend Gavin Raeburn is leaving the Forza developer. 

On Wednesday, the news was announced that Raeburn would be leaving Playground Games and replaced by Trevor Williams in a Windows Central post. Raeburn has worked on the Forza series for over twelve years, including our SGO’s 2021 Game of the Year, Forza Horizon 5. He also is credited for his work on the DiRT and DRID franchises.

Forza Horizon 5

Microsoft CVP of Froza, Alan Hartman commented on Raeburn’s contribution below.

“After 12 years of working on five award-winning Forza Horizon games, Gavin Raeburn leaves 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.”

Gavin Raeburn left GRID developer Codemasters in 2009 to join Playground Games. As of now, he has yet to announce his next project. However, his last game under management will be Playground Games’ reboot of Fable.

Playground Games Without Gavin Raeburn

Window Central hints at a likely Forza Horizon 5 DLC expansion. However, while the companies subdivision is working on a new Forza expansion, a new Fable game is officially under development. We are eager to see how the Forza series changes without his guidance in the future.

Forza Horizon 5 is available now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Microsoft Windows. You can also experience Playground Games recreation of Mexico on Xbox Game Pass.


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