343, Hit By Layoffs And Key Departures, Says It Will Keep Making Halo Games

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When Microsoft—an organization that made “$198 billion in income and $83 billion in working earnings” in 2022—made the choice to axe 10,000 staff final week, a number of those came from their video game operations, particularly 343 Industries, the overseers of the Halo sequence.

343, hit now by a mix of layoffs and key departures, doesn’t seem like in good condition. As we reported last week:

“The layoffs at 343 shouldn’t have occurred and Halo Infinite must be in a greater state,” former Halo Infinite multiplayer designer, Patrick Wren, tweeted Wednesday night time. “The explanation for each of these issues is incompetent management up prime throughout Halo Infinite improvement inflicting large stress on these working laborious to make Halo one of the best it may be.”

Even previous to yesterday’s layoffs, 343 Industries has been going through wave after wave of excessive degree departures as Halo Infinite struggled to ship new seasonal updates and options on time. Probably the most notable was studio head Bonnie Ross’ departure last September. Extra not too long ago, multiplayer director and longtime Halo veteran Tom French revealed he was leaving in December. And yesterday, amid the chaos, Bloomberg reported that director and longtime Halo author, Joseph Staten, was headed to the Xbox publishing facet of the enterprise because the studio made the “tough choice to restructure.”


These hits led to reports last week that improvement on future Halo video games was going to be handed off to exterior studios, with 343 being relegated to a supervisory function. Stories which have seemingly led 343 to tweet the next assertion on the official Halo account, denying them (to an extent) and saying 343 “will proceed to develop Halo now and sooner or later”.

Halo and Grasp Chief are right here to remain.

343 Industries will proceed to develop Halo now and sooner or later, together with epic tales, multiplayer, and extra of what makes Halo nice.

Pierre Hintze

Studio head

That’s a brief assertion that does nothing to deal with the report that different studios may now even be making Halo video games (which isn’t that new anyway, given Artistic Meeting’s work on Halo Wars), nor does it tackle the dimensions of the layoffs it was simply hit with, nevertheless it does not less than affirm that 343 themselves will nonetheless be straight concerned indirectly within the sequence’ future.


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