Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries released a brief message on Twitter about the future of the franchise on Saturday.
343 said in a statement by studio head Pierre Hintze, “Halo and Master Chief are here to stay.”
“343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic storytelling, multiplayer, and making Halo even better.”
The statement comes after Microsoft confirmed it would lay off 10,000 employees by the end of March.
According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, 343 Industries was “hit hard” by the restructuring, with Halo veteran and creative director Joe joining the studio in 2020, who helped bring Infinite to Microsoft’s publishing arm. Staten is gone.
Staten’s move follows several other high-profile departures, including Slipspace Engine lead developer David Berger and 343 co-founder Bonnie Ross.
Schreier couldn’t quantify the cuts at 343 companies, but said the Infinite campaign team was hit particularly hard.
The layoffs were preceded by a “long” hiring freeze at the studio, which has lost a number of its contract workers in recent weeks and months. A former 343 staffer blames the layoffs on “incompetent leadership at the top.”
Microsoft launched Halo Infinite in 2021 to generally positive reviews, but has struggled to maintain a consistent player base since.
For example, on Steam, Infinite’s average daily player count is around 4,000, down from his 100,000 at launch.
More than a year after launch, Microsoft still hasn’t announced new content for the Infinite campaign. Halo fans have reason to worry about the future of the franchise.
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