According to a report by Kotaku, the Creative Director on Halo Infinite, Tim Longo, has departed 343 Industries. Apparently Longo had been operating in another capacity for several weeks already. According to 343 Industries, this does not impact Infinite and Chris Lee continues to be head of the production and creative vision for the title while Executive Producer Mary Olson will take charge of the Campaign Team.
“Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development. We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans.
Additionally, Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe. We wish Tim nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
The overall creative vision and production of the game remains led by Chris Lee, Studio Head of Halo Infinite.
We have a world-class team building Halo Infinite and the overwhelming positive response by fans has us energized, more than ever, to create the best Halo game to date, alongside Project Scarlett in holiday 2020. These changes have no impact to the release date for Halo Infinite.”
This is certainly an interesting development out of 343. Halo 5’s campaign was likely its least loved feature among the Halo community so we have to wonder if that had something to do with the shake up. Regardless, Halo fans should be pleased to hear that Chris Lee remains the head of the overall creative vision.