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It’s a sad day for Xbox and Microsoft fans as a renowned lead is leaving the company after nearly 20 years of service.

Microsoft head of Xbox research and design Chris Novak will be leaving the company after serving for nearly 2 decades. For those who don’t know, Chris Novak is responsible for leading the creative division of Xbox and Microsoft, from the Xbox achievements system to the Xbox/PC Game Pass service. Both these landmark creations have influenced video games and culture in a very huge way. Think about it: without Xbox achievements, there wouldn’t be PlayStation trophies, right?

Other achievements from Chris Novak include:

  • The design architect on Xbox One,
  • Design director credits from Project Gotham Racing 2 to Quantum Break
  • Spearheaded the Xbox Cloud Gaming initiative

Here is Chris Novak’s goodbye message on LinkedIn.

“I have loved my time with Xbox. Building end-to-end experiences for gamers is a privilege. There are very few things one gets to work on in life which evoke such passion in people around the world.”

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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