After Halo Infinite was pushed back into 2021 and out of the launch window for Xbox Series X, a lot of moves have been made within the project. There has been no move bigger than the departure of Chris Lee, the game’s director, and long-time executive within developer 343 Industries, Bloomberg reports.
The delay shortly followed the game’s disastrous reveal which was the subject of much ridicule online. It’s even been suggested since that the game might launch its single-player campaign and multiplayer modes separately in an attempt to get something out of the door. While we’re no closer to understanding whether that’s a potential reality or not, we do know that Chris Lee’s departure certainly leaves some question marks hanging over where the project is at.
It wasn’t long ago that Joseph Staten, a Bungie and Halo alum, to help course-correct the project, and Pierre Hintze was brought in to help shape the multiplayer suite so perhaps their presence has prompted Lee to feel it’s the right time to move on from Infinite.
“I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities,” Lee told Bloomberg. “I believe in the team and am confident they will deliver a great game and now is a good time for me to step away.”
Microsoft did go on to confirm that, despite stepping away from Halo Infinite, Chris Lee remains a Microsoft employee within the wider company.
As stated, Halo Infinite is expected to release in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.