Bonnie Ross, founder and head of developer Halo 343 Industries is stepping down. Ross, who has worked with the Halo franchise for 15 years, cited family medical issues as the reason for her departure. In a statement to Windows Central, publisher Microsoft said the vacancy would be effectively taken over by Pierre Hintze, the current chief production officer of 343 Industries. The development comes after Halo Infinite delayed all of its upcoming content, including its long-requested co-op mode, to November.
“I am incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done Halo Infinite, Master Main Collectionthe Halo TV series and more. It has been an honor to have served with the team for the past 15 years and to be a part of the universe I love,” said Ross. Twitter. With this notice, 343 Industry’ The leadership team will be heavily restructured, starting with the aforementioned Hintze, taking on the role of studio head. Going forward, he will lead the ongoing development of Halo Infinite and The Master Chief Collection, among other projects in the future.
Microsoft also said Windows Central that the studio’s senior leadership team will be expanded into new roles. Bryan Koski, who was previously in charge of marketing for Halo, will become the franchise’s GM, while Elizabeth Van Wyck will lead sales and operations. Earlier this month, 343 Industries revealed a new route for Halo Infinite, listing a series of instances of new content delays. As to whether this studio shake-up will cause even more changes to the launch date, remains to be seen.
To the disappointment of fans, 343 Industries revealed for the first time that the much-anticipated co-op mode has been moved to the November 8 release date. The game mode was initially targeted for a launch. in August and even spent beta testing event in July. The studio has also delayed Halo Infinite’s Forge mode – a map creation and editing tool – to November, just in time for the Big Winter Update, which adds one more free battle to the mix. .
As part of the revealed Halo Infinite roadmap, 343 Industries has completely canceled the promised split-screen mode – a key feature in classic Halo games. Season 3’s multiplayer has also been postponed to March 7, 2023, bringing in new maps, weapons, and the Shroud Screen, which places an opaque dome-shaped shield to protect your team.