Halo Infinite loses second game director in two years admits Microsoft

Halo Infinite loses second game director in two years admits Microsoft

Things are still looking bleak on the Halo Infinite front, as long-time 343i developer Chris Lee is confirmed to have left the project.

There have been few video game reveals more disastrous than that of Halo Infinite back in July, when the game was ridiculed for how it looked and just a few weeks later delayed until at least next year.

Since then, there have been rumours that the Xbox One version has been cancelled and more hints from Xbox boss Phil Spencer that the game’s story campaign and multiplayer could be split up into separate releases, but nothing really substantial about the game’s continued development.

A new Bloomberg report though reveals that the game’s director Chris Lee has left the project, just over a year since he was brought in to replace previous creative director.

‘I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities,’ Lee told Bloomberg. ‘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.’

Although Lee was still the director, Bloomberg implies he was sidelined by Microsoft bringing in experienced Halo developer Joe Staten to take over the single-player campaign and Pierre Hintze to handle the multiplayer.

Former creative director Tim Longo and executive producer Mary Olson both left the project in August of last year, suggesting the game has been suffering from production problems for a long time.

Ever since the delay was first announced rumours have spread of major changes at 343 Industries, including a shake-up of senior staff.

There’s never been any substantial proof of that but once news of Lee’s departure broke, Windows Central journalist Jez Corden suggested there are, ‘other major personnel changes coming down the line as well’.

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