It’s a bit hard to believe that Halo Infinite was first teased over a year ago at E3 and still won’t be released until the next Xbox console comes around. That development time may in part be due to giving 343 time to get on its feet regarding a major shakeup within the team.
As reported by Kotaku, Tim Longo was heading up creative directorial duties for what is said to be a spiritual reboot for the series, according to studio chief Bonnie Ross. When Kotaku reached out to Microsoft, the company confirmed that Longo had departed the company and that the leadership was being shaken up.
“Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development,” Microsoft told the outlet. “We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans. Additionally, Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe.”
Longo was formerly of both Lucasarts and Crystal Dynamics, having worked as far back on games like Jedi Knight, X-Wing Alliance, and Republic Commando, as well as serving as creative director for the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. At 343, he was director of Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo Infinite is scheduled to launch in Fall 2020.