One of Microsoft and Xbox’s major lead veterans is set to exit the company. Chris Novak has been Head of Xbox Research and Design for a few years and has a couple decades with the company under his belt beside that, but it looks like Novak is looking for greener pastures. The Xbox design veteran has announced he is exiting the company on amicable terms.
Chris Novak confirmed his own resignation via a post on his LinkedIn page on April 19, 2022. According to the announcement, Novak is exiting his role as Head of Xbox Research and Design on good terms and merely feels its time to move on to the next chapter of his life.
“I have loved my time with Xbox. Building end-to-end experiences for gamers is a privilege,” Novak wrote. “There are very few things one gets to work on in life which evoke such passion in people around the world. I adore listening to gamers and envisioning that next moment of unexpected delight. Gaming is amazing. Xbox will always be with me.”
Novak’s career has gone back 20 years, featuring a number of high-profile Microsoft and Xbox game franchises, gadgets, and technology. He started with the likes of the Project Gotham Racing games back in 2002 and would go on to become a design architect for the Microsoft HoloLens in 2009. Novak has further put his efforts in as a first-party liaison to Xbox Game Studios projects like Sunset Overdrive and Ryse: Son of Rome. Novak would go on to say he’s going to pause as he figures out what to do next, but the next chapter of his life’s work should begin soon.
With Novak headed out at Xbox, it’s unknown who takes his place at this time, but it sounds like Novak and Xbox are parting ways on a good note. Best of luck to Novak in his future efforts.