343 Brings on Halo Veteran Joseph Staten to Assist in Halo Infinite Development

343 Brings on Halo Veteran Joseph Staten to Assist in Halo Infinite Development

Staten will be joining 343's ongoing development of Halo Infinite as a campaign project lead where he will support the existing campaign team

Joseph Staten, one of the prominent members of Bungie that helped create the world of Halo is making a return to assist 343 in the ongoing development of Halo Infinite.

Staten’s previous role at Bungie was as a writer and director of cinematics for Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2 and Halo 3. In layman’s terms, he was essentially responsible for the cutscenes present in each title. If you’ve been looking for someone to thank for that iconic image of Arbiter putting an energy sword through the Prophet of Truth, Staten is your man. The last time Staten worked for Bungie, it was as a writer and design director for Destiny in 2013.

In the time since Staten has managed to fill his time with more Halo. Having joined Microsoft Studios as a senior creative director in 2014, Staten would go on to write one of Halo‘s many novels, Halo: Shadow of Intent. He’s also played a role in several first-party Microsoft games, including Crackdown 3Quantum Break and Killer Instinct.

According to a blog post on Halo Waypoint announcing his return, Staten will be rejoining the Halo team as a campaign project lead. In this position, he will “be focused on supporting the campaign team’s existing, talented, creative leaders and ensuring they have everything they need to create an awesome Halo game.”

Staten may be the kick in the pants that the development of Halo Infinite needs right now. Since a recent delay to 2021Halo Infinite has been rumored to be dropping its support for Xbox One.  That rumor was swiftly dismissed in the same Halo Waypoint blog post that announced Staten’s return to the franchise.

Halo Infinite will be releasing sometime in 2021 on PC, Xbox Series X and Xbox One