As reported by Bloomberg, Chris Lee has stepped down as Head of 343 Industries.
343 is, of course, known for producing the Halo series. And therein lies the issues.
Owing to the delay of upcoming Xbox Series X/S launch title, Halo Infinite and the game’s poor reception, Lee had been sidelined.
Xbox placed Halo veteran, Joe Staten to helm the single-player campaign. Meanwhile, Pierre Hintze, another senior executive at Microsoft, has been placed in charge of the multiplayer.
Lee confirmed his leaving the project by saying;
“I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities. I believe in the team and am confident they will deliver a great game and now is a good time for me to step away”.
This is, sadly, the second high profile figure to have left the project in as many years. Just last year, creative director Tim Longo, and executive producer Mary Olson, both left the project and the company.
Interestingly though, Lee is still part of the Microsoft family of companies. Microsoft confirmed via email;
“Chris Lee remains a Microsoft employee, and while he has stepped back from Halo: Infinite right now, we appreciate all he has done for the project to date”.
Naturally, Halo Infinite isn’t exactly going to be with us anytime soon. In fact, it’s still not listed as having a confirmed release date past “2021”.