A major leadership shakeup just over a year from launch has us a little worried.
Longo also helped launch Halo 5 as that game’s creative director, and had moved to a different role at 343 only a few weeks ago. According to a report from Kotaku, now the creative mind is gone from the company completely. Microsoft has since confirmed Longo’s departure in a follow-up statement:
We have a world-class team building Halo Infinite and the overwhelming positive response by fans has us energized…to create the best Halo game to date, alongside Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020. These changes have no impact to the release date for Halo Infinite.
Despite assurances that nothing major is changing, though, it’s fair for fans to be somewhat skeptical. Halo Infinite is a “spiritual reboot” of the series according to 343, which means its creative direction is even more important now.
It’s fair for fans to be somewhat skeptical.
Halo Infinite is going to be one of the centrepieces of an Xbox Scarlett launch campaign that looks to re-establish Microsoft in the eyes of consumers. After a troubling current-gen campaign, next-gen is where Xbox will look to release some must-own first-party games.
Without any gameplay footage and with just the Halo Infinite E3 2019 trailer to go on, it’s hard to discern where the title is at in development. Perhaps we’ll get a Gamescom 2019 announcement from 343 Industries that puts all our fears to bed. Until then, though, revelations like this one are worth fretting over for fans of Master Chief.