Joseph Staten, former Bungie employee, returns to Halo after being the design director and writer for Destiny.
The news broke from Xbox Studio Manager Mike Ybarra (Qwik) via Twitter:
Thrilled to welcome back Joe Staten to the Microsoft Studios family. #XboxOne
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) January 9, 2014
Joseph Staten is back at Microsoft working on an undisclosed project. It’s unfortunate that he’s not working on the next Halo having worked on Halo since the beginning at Bungie. A Microsoft spokesperson stated that “Joseph is not working directly on the next Halo title. As a senior creative director, he will help create the world’s best entertainment on Xbox, as well as help shape our franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles. 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.”
Still, I bet Microsoft will seek his help “indirectly” for anything Halo and hopefully see him with a larger role in the Halo after Halo 5.