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A former Nintendo manager has joined Xbox to become 'Director of Quality' for the Forza franchise. Heather Gearreald worked at Nintendo of America for nearly 5 years as its 'Quality Assurance Manager' and 'Software Development Manager', before announcing her move to Turn 10 Studios via LinkedIn.

As reported by our sister-site Pure Xbox, her duties will cover both the mainline Forza Motorsport series alongside the more arcade-focused Forza Horizon spin-off.

Some of Gearreald's accomplishments with Nintendo include standardising and modernising testing processes globally, launching the 'MySupport Dashboard' on Nintendo's website, and launching an internal application to be utilised by Nintendo's customer support teams, amongst many others.

It's a shame to lose such talent, but we're confident Gearreald's skills will be put to very good use over at Turn 10 Studios; we wish her all the best in her new role!

Let us know in the comments what you make of Gearreald's accomplishments and move over to Xbox.

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