Halo veteran Joseph Staten leaves Microsoft

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Joseph Staten, a veteran game developer who worked on the first three Halo games and Halo Infinite, has announced that he is leaving Microsoft. Staten had been part of the Halo Infinite team at 343 Industries, and helped refine the game for its upcoming release in December 2021. His departure follows a series of changes at 343 Industries, including layoffs and abandoning the use of the Slipspace Engine. Despite these changes, Microsoft has confirmed that 343 Industries will continue to develop the Halo series, and the recently released Halo: Master Chief Collection is now available on the Steam Deck.

Halo veteran Joseph Staten leaves Microsoft

Joseph Staten, who worked on the first three Halo games and Halo Infinite, is leaving Microsoft. He announced his decision on Twitter.

“Hey guys, I’m really from Microsoft, – wrote he. “I’ll share the details with you soon, but for now I’d like to thank everyone at Xbox for their understanding and support as I embark on this new adventure.”

Staten moved from global Xbox Publishing to the Halo Infinite team at 343 Industries in August 2020. He helped refine Infinite for a December 2021 release. In January 2023, Staten left 343 Industries, returning to Xbox Publishing.

In February, it was announced that 343 Industries had laid off 95 employees, abandoned the use of its Slipspace Engine and switched to the Unreal Engine. The cuts led to rumors that 343 would outsource development of the Halo series to other studios. That’s not the case, according to Matt Booty, head of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios, who stated that “343 will continue as a Halo developer.” Even if in the process she will work with other studios, the responsibility for the project will lie with her.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced, that the Halo: Master Chief Collection is now available on Steam Deck. Previously, the game would not run on the console due to problems with the Easy Anti-Cheat software.

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