Amidst the massive layoffs at Microsoft which led to employees at Halo developer 343 Industries being terminated from the company, the studio has now reaffirmed that it’s committed to the Halo franchise. This comes in light of previous reports suggesting that Xbox’s prized IP would be moving to another internal studio, but it looks like 343 Industries will continue to develop all future single-player and multiplayer content for the franchise.
343 Industries was one of many Microsoft studios that got hit with layoffs over the past week, leading to former Halo veteran and Halo Infinite creative lead Joseph Staten exiting the studio. Fans speculated that the developer could be in trouble and might begin outsourcing Halo as a result of the staff cuts. However, the studio has now come forward in a short statement to let players know that it will continue to work on the Halo series.
The brief statement provided by 343 Industries reads:
“Halo and Master Chief are here to stay. 343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great.”
Last week, Microsoft terminated nearly 10,000 jobs from its various departments including Xbox studios like 343 Industries and Bethesda. Even before the layoffs, 343 Industries saw several departures from talents including its multiplayer creative director, its director of engineering and the studio head, Bonnie Ross, who worked at Microsoft for over 15 years.
While it’s great news that 343 Industries is still committed to making future Halo content, many players felt that the studio failed to properly update Halo Infinite which caused several promised features to be outright cancelled or delayed, including local co-op being scrapped. Several changes and additions have since been introduced but it’s uncertain if the studio will shelve Halo Infinite’s “ten year plan” (we’ve heard that one before) in order to work on something entirely new.
Halo Infinite is currently available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: 343 Industries