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Bungie Design Director Joins Microsoft, Won’t Be Working on ‘Halo 5′

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Joe Staten Joins Microsoft

If the Xbox One is to be the success that Microsoft hopes it is going to be, it must hit the bottom operating. So far, Microsoft has finished an admirable job in that regard, shifting greater than three million gadgets because the console’s launch in November, however there may be nonetheless lots extra work to be carried out each on the hardware and the tool facet.

So far as the instrument is anxious, Microsoft has netted their first large fish of 2014 within the type Joe Staten. The previous Bungie Design Director labored on virtually each Halo recreation and was once additionally a part of the Future workforce, however he’s going to now function Senior Inventive Director for Microsoft Recreation Studios.

Staten’s departure from Bungie isn’t an excessive amount of of a shock as he introduced his intent to depart the developer late final yr. What’s slightly stunning is that Staten ended up again at Microsoft, the identical writer that Bungie cut up off from again in 2007.

Despite the fact that we all know Staten will tackle the Senior Inventive Director function we don’t understand a lot past that. Microsoft suggests he’s going to be instrumental in constructing the corporate’s model for the following-gen, however they might now not cite explicit initiatives. An glaring possibility could be 343 Industries‘ subsequent Halo recreation, which remains to be focused on a 2014 free up date, however 343′s Frank O’Connor and Microsoft declare Staten just isn’t concerned with Halo, as a minimum indirectly.

“Joseph shouldn’t be working instantly on the subsequent Halo title. As a senior ingenious director, he’ll lend a hand create the arena’s absolute best leisure on Xbox, in addition to assist form our franchise technique for some Microsoft Studios titles. He’ll even be certainly one of our prime ambassadors to the sport building group, constructing on his a few years of expertise and relationships with builders and lovers. We’re excited to share extra about Joseph’s position someday.”

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Along with a ingenious figurehead, Staten may also assist Microsoft snag new ability, possibly within the triple-A and the indie area. Staten has constructed up a powerful popularity because of the Halo model, and so that it will probably lend a hand Microsoft’s relationship with lovers and builders.

And whereas Staten may now not be concerned with Halo 5, or no matter 343 is titling the subsequent Grasp Chief journey, he might assist get the Halo TV blow their own horns the bottom. If there’s someone who might to find the way to discover that mythology from a distinct point of view it’s Staten.

Regardless of the case, we suspect it gained’t be lengthy earlier than Staten makes a public look and provides some suggestions as to what initiatives he’s all in favour of. Microsoft is legendary to parade their greatest skill at E3 press conferences, so we wouldn’t be shocked to peer him at this 12 months’s experience. Unless then, on the other hand, we’ll must maintain guessing.

What do you recall to mind Joe Staten becoming a member of up with Microsoft? Would you favor he stayed at Bungie and labored on Future?

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Supply: Twitter (by means of Polygon)

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