Halo Infinite Loses Director

| October 28, 2020
Halo Infinite Loses Director

Halo Infinite has hit another bump in the road, as director Chris Lee has departed the project.

“I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities,” Lee told Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier. “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.”

Halo Infinite Loses Director
Director Chris Lee has “stepped back” from Halo Infinite, following its lackluster reveal and delay.

Lee stepped away after the former launch title was revealed to a lackluster reception in July and delayed in August, but “remains a Microsoft employee,” according to a Microsoft statement. He has worked with Microsoft since 2003. Joseph Staten now oversees the single-player campaign while Pierre Hintze handles multiplayer, both also veterans of the series’ roots at Bungie.

Last August, 343 Industries’ creative director Tim Longo left the studio, entrusting the long-awaited game to Lee. Development is rumoured to have encountered difficulties initially under Longo, shaken up by developing its free multiplayer component and coordinating with third-party developers.

Microsoft’s CEO Phil Spencer recently reported he had played a new build of Halo Infinite, and was receptive to the idea of releasing its two halves separately, if 343 Industries deemed it the right move.

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