Joseph Staten Returns to the Halo Team
One of the Bungie veterans, Joseph Staten, has returned to the Halo franchise to help develop the campaign and ship Halo Infinite when it eventually releases in 2021. While the move was initially reported by Bloomberg, Staten was quick to take to his official Twitter account to confirm the move from Bungie to 343 Industries. Staten wrote the scripts and directed the cutscenes for the first three Halo games and he’s expected to pick up where he left off. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available for Xbox One, PC and through the extensive Game Pass lineup for gamers to catch up on the series before Halo Infinite releases.
“I’m thrilled to join Halo to help them ship Halo Infinite,” Staten says. “As the project lead for the Infinite Campaign, I will be supporting the team’s existing, great leaders and empowering them to do their best work.” Considering he’ll be the project lead for the Halo Infinite campaign, it’s likely that the campaign will undergo a big overhaul before it releases in 2021. Halo Infinite was initially intended to release alongside the Xbox Series X this holiday season but due to development issues, 343 Industries made the difficult decision to delay it until 2021.
While many Halo fans are disappointed about the recent Halo Infinite delay, it looks like 343 Industries is trying to ensure it returns to the series’ roots, and bringing Joseph Staten in to lead the campaign seems like a step in the right direction. Outside of the Halo franchise, Staten was a writer and creative director on Destiny before leaving Bungie in 2013. “Please don’t expect to hear much from me. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. But I’m honored to have this opportunity,” continued Joseph Staten.
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