Halo veteran Josh Staten leaves Microsoft

Joseph Staten, the Halo veteran hired by Microsoft to creatively lead Halo Infinite, left after nine years with the company.

IGN first broke the news, with Staten confirming his departure on Twitter. Staten thanked his colleagues at Xbox and did not reveal where he is headed next.

“We are grateful for Joseph’s contributions to the Halo franchise and Xbox in general,” Xbox told IGN of Staten’s departure. “We wish him all the best in his new adventure.”

Staten worked on the first three Halo games at Bungie and left Bungie for Microsoft in 2014. He served as Xbox Senior Creative Director of Publishingand, in 2020, he joined 343 Industries to help develop Halo Infinite. He recruitment announcement he said that Staten would be “focused on supporting the existing, talented, creative leads on the campaign team and ensuring they have everything they need to create an amazing Halo game.”

Microsoft laid off more than 10,000 employees in January, and 343 Industries was hit hard. state left 343 Industries at the time and rejoined the Xbox post.

As for the future of 343 Industries, studio leader Pierre Hintze said the team will continue to develop Halo. Phil Spencer also said that 343 Industries is “critically important to“Microsoft.

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