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Xbox's Shannon Loftis announces retirement

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Today, World's Edge Shannon Loftis announced she was retiring from Microsoft. World's Edge is the team behind the Age of Empires revival. Loftis has been with Microsoft for almost 30 years, and wants to focus on spending time with family and her hobbies.

She addressed the community by publishing the following message. It's been abridged for conciseness.

After 29 years at Microsoft, I've decided to retire to spend more time with family, on my hobbies, and of course playing games. Words can't express how much it has meant to me to be part of the [Age of Empires] journey ... It has been the greatest honor of my game development career to be part of this community ... Team Xbox has been an amazing environment to incubate our dreams, and the support we've had across the board from Phil Spencer, Matt Booty, and Aaron Greenberg, to the PC Game Pass team, to the store teams both at Microsoft and Valve ... I always told myself that I'd leave Microsoft only at a high point, and there has been no higher point than this.

Loftis has significantly contributed to the gaming industry because she's worked on games like Fable, Project Gotham Racing, Viva Piñata, and even Banjo Kazooie. Loftis has over 40 games in her belt.

Head of Microsoft Gaming, said that working with Loftis has been a highlight of his career at the company. We wish her the best going forward.

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