Joseph Staten, a veteran developer of the Halo franchise is reportedly set to return as the project lead in helping to complete the Halo Infinite campaign.
The news came via the Halo Waypoint blog, where 343 Industries announced Staten’s return.
“We’re excited to announce that our old friend Joseph Staten will be returning home to Halo for a bit. After helping launch Tell Me Why this week, he’ll be coming on board as project lead for campaign as we push towards our 2021 release.”
“The team has been working hard realising our vision for campaign and we’re happy to have Joseph’s help to get it to the finish line.”
The blog post continued, “For those of you who don’t know Joseph Staten, he wore many hats while working at Bungie for all of their Halo titles and even Destiny before joining the Xbox Games Studios family in 2014.”
“If you enjoy Halo’s storylines, characters, and overall universe, he’s definitely one of the key people you have to thank. As product lead on Halo Infinite, however, Joseph will be focused on supporting the campaign team’s existing, talented, creative leaders and ensuring they have everything they need to create an awesome Halo game. ”
“His return to the franchise excites me and we’re all looking forward to having him on board!”
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The announcement also revealed the news that another Halo developer, Pierre Hintze, the Head of 343 Industries’ publishing team for the Master Chief Collection, will be joining the Infinite team as a project lead for free-to-play experience.
“He and his team have demonstrated an amazing ability to deliver new content, an excellent flighting program, and substantive updates across MCC over the past year,” 343 Industries said of Hintze’s involvement. “We look forward to having his expertise directly on the Halo Infinite team as we look to deliver a quality free-to-play multiplayer experience for everyone.”
Halo Infinite will be released in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.