In a bombshell announcement, Microsoft acknowledged that it’ll lay off 10,000 folks. Halo Infinite’s 343 Industries has been impacted, in line with stories, and veteran developer Joseph Staten is reportedly exiting to rejoin Xbox Publishing.
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier broke the information of Staten leaving and famous that 343 Industries was “hit onerous” by Microsoft’s layoffs. Staten has a storied legacy within the Halo franchise. He helped pen the tales for Halo: Fight Developed, Halo 2, Halo 3, and extra. In 2020, 343 Industries introduced that Staten was again to assist the workforce “get [Halo Infinite] to the end line.”
Staten’s departure from Halo Infinite is not solely sudden. The unique 343 Industries weblog put up asserting Staten’s help acknowledged he would assist “for a bit,” suggesting that Staten’s presence on Halo was momentary.
Microsoft will not share particular numbers, however a number of staff have instructed me that 343 Industries was hit onerous. This comes within the wake of a long-running hiring freeze and lots of contractor departures
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 18, 2023
Different 343 Industries employees have began taking to Twitter to announce their layoffs. Christopher Blohm, Design Lead at 343 Industries, introduced his departure from the studio after “twelve years at 343 [Industries] and 23 years at Microsoft.”
In line with Bloomberg’s report, each Bethesda Sport Studios–developer behind Starfield–and 343 Industries had been affected by Microsoft’s layoffs. Precise discount numbers aren’t recognized, however 343 Industries studio head Pierre Hintze confirmed in an inside e mail that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer and stay service components would proceed to get help.
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