343 Industries took over the Halo franchise from Bungie and has done a great job in making sure the series has continued to live up to the high standards set by the original games. 343 Industries head Josh Holmes has announced today that he is departing the studio to work on indie games.
The news was first announced in a quick blog posted on Halo Waypoint. Holmes writes:
“Like many of you, I fell madly in love with Halo 15 years ago. The first time I played Halo it left an indelible mark. It transported me to a world filled with mystery and wonder, and introduced me to a hero I would come to know most intimately, the Master Chief. More than anything, it inspired me to want to make more games like it. Here at 343 Industries I was given the opportunity to do just that, and since that day I’ve dedicated my life to growing this studio and expanding the Halo universe. Along the way I’ve had the great fortune to work with some of the best talent in the industry and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together.
“I have loved every moment here on Halo but I find myself drawn to new horizons. This month I’m leaving 343 Industries and excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development.
“As I depart I am passing the torch to my good friend and long-time partner in crime, Chris Lee. As the head of production on Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Chris has played a key role in the studio since our inception. He is a tremendous leader and Halo is in great hands with him.
“There are many things I will miss as I leave 343: the daily ritual of playtest, long nights spent triaging bugs, Berger’s hair… Most of all I will miss making games for the very best community of fans in the world: you.
We don’t yet know what Holmes will be working on next, if he’ll be joining a new studio, or founding his own, but we wish him all the best. Holmes’ position will be taken up by Chris Lee who served as head of Production for Halo 4. Lee sated: “I am excited to continue shaping the future of this legendary franchise alongside our FPS team and the community that I love. Pretty soon we’ll talk more about our next, free content update for Halo 5: Guardians and Halo 5: Forge.”
We look forward to seeing what’s next for the Halo franchise.