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Halo’s Joseph Staten leaves 343 amidst Microsoft layoffs

Layoffs have also impacted those at Riot Games.

Halo veteran Joseph Staten has left 343 Industries to return to Xbox Games Studios in some capacity as Microsoft has confirmed it will cut 10,000 jobs during this year.

Kotaku and Bloomberg report game-specific layoffs will impact studios including Bethesda Games Studios, The Coalition and Halo Infinite’s 343 Industries. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier also broke the story about Staten’s future.

Staten, who has helped Microsoft with titles including Crackdown 3 and ReCore, will remain at the publisher; it’s unclear what role he will take.

The movement of Staten from 343 Industries follows a number of high profile departures: studio head Bonnie Ross, multiplayer director Tom French, multiplayer lead Andrew Witts, art director Nicholas Bouvier, design lead Jerry Hook, and more.

Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty described Infinite‘s launch as “the classic runner’s mistake of tripping and stumbling as you come across the finish line.”

Microsoft isn’t the only gaming-focused organisation that will enforce layoffs this year — Riot Games has confirmed 46 employees have had their roles “eliminated”.

Halo Infinite is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X; it’s also part of Xbox and PC Game Pass.

Halo Infinite

16 November & 9 December 2021
PC Xbox One Xbox Series S & X

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