Phil Harrison

Microsoft has finally confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison from the company. Harrison was the leader of Microsoft's Xbox division in Europe for the past three years, and previously was an executive for Sony's PlayStation division as well as Atari. Rumors about his departure from Microsoft were first reported in March. received a comment from Microsoft's overall Xbox leader Phil Spencer about Harrison's departure:

"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 already knows what his new gig will be, but the official reveal on that news will come on Monday. Microsoft has already announced that Kudo Tsunoda will take over leadership of Microsoft's UK game studios like Lionhead, Lift London, Press Play and Rare.