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Halo Infinite Head of Creative Joseph Staten Reportedly Leaving 343 to Rejoin Xbox Publishing

Halo Infinite Head of Creative Joseph Staten Reportedly Leaving 343 to Rejoin Xbox Publishing - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 January 2023 / 1,754 Views

Joseph Staten, Halo veteran and the head of creative on Halo Infinite, is leaving 343 Industries to rejoin Xbox Game Studios Publishing, according to a report from Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier.

"Joe Staten, who joined 343 in 2020 to steer Halo Infinite toward the finish line, is leaving the studio to rejoin Xbox Publishing," said Schreier. 

Staten left Xbox Game Studios Publishing in 2020 to join 343 Industries to help development on Halo Infinite. He previously worked at Bungie on the original Halo trilogy.

Microsoft this week announced it will lay off 10,000 employees, which is a bit under five percent of its 220,000 workforce. The layoffs will take place by the end of its current fiscal quarter that ends on March 31, 2023.

It appears 343 Industries was the hardest hit of the first-party video game developers at Microsoft. At least 60 people were laid off at 343 Industries, according to Lords of Gaming. Employees across the company have been laid off, however, it appears those working on the single-player side was hit harder. 

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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 19 January 2023)

343 is in shambles huge shame

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DonFerrari (on 19 January 2023)

If it was a temporary move to help Halo cross the delivery line it makes sense for him to go back to his activities, although some tweets from recent laid off employees said the team was very much wishing and willing for him to keep there for a longer time.

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VAMatt (on 19 January 2023)

I doubt there's much money to be made by single player Infinite at this point. I'm sure they have to put out something because they told us they were going to. But, I would not expect long-term support for Halo Infinite single player. We'll get some halfway decent piece of content and that will be the end of it.

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Soonerman (on 19 January 2023)

Time to give the franchise to Activision

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TheTitaniumNub Soonerman (on 19 January 2023)

Please, there has to be someone better, Activision will just make it worse also. Give it to id software.

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method114 TheTitaniumNub (on 20 January 2023)

Yep been saying give it to ID for a while now.

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KratosLives Soonerman (on 20 January 2023)

Give it to kojima

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