In a brief announcement, Microsoft said: That it will lay off 10,000 people.. 343 industries of Halo Infinite are affected. Reportsand veteran developer Joseph Staten is reportedly exiting to rejoin Xbox Publishing.
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier broke the news of Staten’s departure and noted that 343 Industries had been “severely hurt” by Microsoft’s layoffs. Staton has a storied legacy in the Halo franchise. He helped pen the stories for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and more. In 2020, 343 Industries announced that Staton had returned to support the team. [Halo Infinite] to the finish line.”
Staton’s departure from Halo Infinite isn’t entirely unexpected. gave Original 343 Industries blog post Statin announced his support, saying that he would help “for a while”, suggesting that Statin’s presence on Halo was temporary.
Microsoft won’t share specific numbers, but several employees have told me that 343 Industries has been hit hard. This comes in the wake of a prolonged hiring freeze and many contractor departures.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 18, 2023
Workers from another 343 industries have taken to Twitter to announce their layoffs. Christopher Bloom, Design Lead at 343 Industries, announced his separation from the studio. After twelve years at 343 [Industries] And 23 years at Microsoft.”
According to Bloomberg reports, both Bethesda Game Studios – the developer behind Starfield – and 343 Industries were affected by Microsoft’s layoff. The exact number of cuts is unknown, but 343 Industries studio head Pierre Hintz confirmed in an internal email that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer and live service elements will continue to receive support.
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