It was revealed in March by several sources – including our own report – that Phil Harrison would be leaving Microsoft sometime in the future, but Microsoft has now confirmed that he’s no longer with the company. It’s been announced that he left the Xbox platform holder in order to seek out new challenges.
Microsoft’s current head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, issued a statement to GamesIndustry.biz wishing Harrison all the best as he pursues these new interests.
“Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft,” Spencer told them. “Phil has been a distinguished leader for our European Xbox team – overseeing production at our award-winning European studios and making a substantial contribution to the Xbox business globally. I want to thank Phil for his creativity and leadership over the past three years. Phil is a great friend of mine and I wish him the very best with his future endeavours.”
Harrison also reached out to the site to express his thanks to Microsoft. “I have enjoyed the last three years at Microsoft enormously and it has been a privilege to lead and work along side the incredible talent within Microsoft Studios in Europe, including Rare, Lionhead, Lift, Soho and Press Play,” Harrison said.
“I wish them and my many friends throughout the Xbox world every continued success and know that games will continue to prosper across Microsoft under Phil Spencer’s leadership.”
Harrison is perhaps best known for his tenure as President of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios before departing the company in 2008. After spending some time working for Atari, he joined Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Team in 2012 – a move which raised eyebrows at the time, given the rivalry between Xbox and PlayStation and Harrison’s former role working at Sony.