Developer 343 Industries recently revealed the future of Halo Infinite and fans were not too happy about it. The roadmap promised new seasonal content only launching in 2023, but the decision to scrap the promised local co-op feature left a sour taste in the community. Whether this had anything to do with studio head Bonnie Ross exiting the company after 15 years, it looks like Microsoft is now restructuring the studio’s leadership team.
Ross recently announced her departure from 343 Industries after 15 years of working at the company, stating that she needed to attend to a family medical issue. In place of Ross, 343 Industries will now be headed by Pierre Hintze, who is to take the role effective immediately.
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In addition to Hintze, Bryan Koski will become the GM of the Halo franchise after serving as the series’ marketing lead. Meanwhile, business, operations and esports head Elizabeth Van Wyck will oversee business and operations for the franchise.
“After more than 28 years in gaming at Microsoft, including 15 years leading 343 Industries and Halo through its most ambitious steps forward, Bonnie Ross will be leaving Microsoft and spending more time with her family,” said Microsoft in light of Ross’ departure. “We are thankful for her leadership of 343 during which the team launched Halo 4, Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and Halo Infinite. We wish her all the best.”
Halo Infinite will still receive an online campaign co-op down the line as well as the Forge beta and season 3 content next year, but fans are left divided over 343’s decisions regarding the game’s pivotal future updates and support. Hopefully with the new leadership team, the studio can get Halo Infinite back on track.
Halo Infinite is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Windows Central