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343 Industries Studio Head Chris Lee Leaves the Company

343 Industries Studio Head Chris Lee Leaves the Company - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 1,164 Views

Microsoft was hoping to have the next entry in its flagship series, Halo, ready for launch. However, due to issues with Halo Infinite, it was delayed to 2021. 

343 Industries studio head Chris Lee has decided to leave the developer, but is still working at Microsoft, according to Bloomberg. He left 343 Industries a few weeks ago.

"I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities," Lee said. "I believe in the team and am confident they will deliver a great game and now is a good time for me to step away."

343 Industries Studio Head Chris Lee Leaves the Company

"Chris Lee remains a Microsoft employee and while he has stepped back from Halo Infinite right now, we appreciate all he has done for the project to date," said a Microsoft representative. 

Lee joined 343 Industries in 2008 to help oversee the future of the Halo franchise. In 2016 he was named partner studio head.

Microsoft brought on Halo veteran Joseph Staten to take a leadership role at 343 Industries to help work on Halo Infinite in August. Staten is working on the single-player campaign, while senior executive Pierre Hintze focuses on the multiplayer.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments

Machiavellian (on 28 October 2020)

It says he is still with MS so he left 343 but still an MS employee looking to do something different. Since the game is done pretty much, I guess his role is reduced as they try to add the bling to it and maybe he want to do something different.

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javi741 (on 28 October 2020)

This game is gonna be a train wreck.

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shikamaru317 (on 28 October 2020)

Apparently his game director duties were already split between Joe Staten directing Infinite singleplayer and Pierre Hintze directing Infinite multiplayer back in August, so him leaving now, 2 months later, doesn't really affect much. Wonder what his new job is at MS?

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JRPGfan (on 29 October 2020)

Halo Infinate developement feels like a train wreck.... looking on from the outsides. Lead people keep leaveing too, not a promising sign.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 28 October 2020)

Halo: Infinite problems

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Azzanation (on 28 October 2020)

Well Halo needs a fresh change, curious to see how much changes they are making to Infinite with the delay.

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JRPGfan (on 29 October 2020)

when things are clusterf***, sometimes the people in charge of it, leaveing isnt a good thing. Unless you give newer people in charge, full power to change things, and the time to do so. Its likely this just makes the game more of a mess.

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shikamaru317 (on 28 October 2020)

Lee is not head of 343, he was just the lead director on Halo Infinite. Bonnie Ross is still head of 343 afaik.

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