343 Industries Calm Fears After Two Major Halo Infinite Departures

By Heidi Nicholas,
The news that the departure of one major employee at 343 Industries had been followed by another had Halo Infinite fans worried. Tim Longo, previously Creative Director, left the studio several months ago. His departure has now been followed by that of Mary Olson, previously Lead Producer.


Fans on Reddit were worried about what this might mean for the game's future, but 343 replied with an explanation. It seems that the misunderstanding arose from fans thinking that Olson had replaced Longo, and then just as quickly left. User Unyshek, an 343 employee, clarified this. "Unfortunately the thread’s title saying, “He was replace with Mary Olson and she also left,” is far from accurate. It implies that Mary took over creative control of the entire game, didn’t like what she saw, and then decided to leave. If that’s what actually happened, I could totally understand getting worried – but that isn’t the case, as she was a Lead Producer and not a new Creative Director." The game's creativie future was also mentioned in Microsoft's initial response to Longo's departure, which they gave to Kotaku. At that time, they said "The overall creative vision and production of the game remains led by Chris Lee, Studio Head of Halo Infinite." There was no reason given for Longo's departure, and he himself said that he wasn't ready to reveal what his next move would be:

However, with Olson, we know that she has now moved over to be Head of Production at Midwinter Entertainment. User Unyshek reinforced that "there is no creative dilemma inside the studio, and there’s no writing on the walls" for Halo Infinite. "The entire Halo Infinite team is rallying behind the game and is working hard to make sure we can execute on its vision", they said.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!