Halo Infinite: veteran dev returns as project lead

By Sean Carey,
343 Industries has hired a Bungie veteran, who previously worked on earlier Halo titles, to help ship the delayed Halo Infinite. Joseph Staten is temporarily joining 343 as project lead for the game's campaign.

343 Industries made the announcement over on Halo Waypoint before Staten confirmed his new role via a tweet. According to the developer, Staten will be supporting the Halo Infinite campaign dev team by "ensuring they have everything they need to create an awesome Halo game."

Staten worked as a writer and director of cinematics on the first three mainline Halo games after joining Microsoft back in 2000. Other credits include working as the creative director on Halo 3: ODST and co-creative director for Destiny in his time at Bungie. Staten re-joined Microsoft in 2014 and has worked on several big titles such as State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

Pierre Hintze, the head of publishing for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, has also joined the Halo Infinite team as a project lead for the game's free-to-play multiplayer.

Halo Infinite has been going through a bit of a tough time lately. The game's campaign reveal trailer received a significant negative response from fans due to the game's lacklustre visuals. Shortly after that, Microsoft delayed Halo Infinite into 2021, meaning it would no longer be an Xbox Series X launch title. There have also been rumours that development of the game has been hindered by significant third-party outsourcing.

Recently, 343 Industries denied a rumour suggesting the developer was considering dropping the Xbox One version of Halo Infinite and further delaying it into 2022.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.