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Halo, Destiny lead writer rejoins Microsoft after jumping ship from Bungie

Friday, 10th January 2014 00:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo ODST and Destiny writer Joe Staten has turned up at Microsoft, having left Bungie in September.

Xbox studio manager Mike Ybarra revealed Staten’s return on Twitter, to the delight of fans.

It doesn’t sound like Staten will be joining 343 Industries to work on the Xbox One Halo game, though – or perhaps Microsoft just isn’t ready to talk about it yet.

“As a senior creative director, Joseph will help create the world’s best entertainment on Xbox, as well as help shape our franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles,” A Microsoft representative told Polygon of Staten’s new role.

“He’ll also be one of our leading ambassadors to the game development community, building on his many years of experience and relationships with developers and fans. We’re excited to share more about Joseph’s role in the future.”

As mentioned above, Staten worked on every Halo title up until the franchise was turned over to 343 Industries after Bungie parted ways with Microsoft. He served as Bungie’s lead writer and creative director.

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  1. Citrus raptor

    I hope he’s not joining 343i, cause if he did I might be curious enough to invest some time in Halo again to see what he’ll do, and will most likely just make me frustrated over where it’s gone (redifining of canon, EU, etc).

    What I hope is that MS believes in him enough to let him start a new franchise (doesn’t have to be AAA, could be AA), but thats’ just me being naive.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. Hyperx64

    Cool! Halo 4 was average at best…

    #2 3 months ago
  3. FilipeMouraa

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    #3 3 months ago
  4. POOhead

    hes only a writer, hes not a game changer

    #4 3 months ago
  5. bradk825

    @1 Well, last time he started a new franchise it worked out pretty lucrative for them, so hopefully you are onto something there.

    #5 3 months ago