Halo Infinite creative director Joseph Staten is leaving Microsoft

Joseph Staten, creative director of “Halo Infinite,” has confirmed his departure from Microsoft, intending to embark on a new professional endeavor.

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Staten has not disclosed his future plans, stating that further details will be revealed in due course.

During his tenure at Bungie, Staten served as a writer and content director for the “Halo” series and as co-creative director for the “Destiny” series. Following his departure from Bungie in 2013, he joined Microsoft in 2014 as senior creative director for Xbox Game Studios and later transitioned to 343 Industries in 2020 to oversee the production of “Halo Infinite.”

It appears that recent organizational restructuring at 343 Industries and the uncertain future of the “Halo” series have prompted Staten’s decision to leave.

Nonetheless, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, has emphasized that 343 Industries, the studio responsible for developing the “Halo” series, will continue to operate normally. He assured that staff reductions would not impact the development and release of new “Halo” titles, reiterating the series’ importance to Xbox’s ongoing growth strategy.