Bonnie Ross, founder and head of Halo developer 343 Industries, is stepping down. Ross, who worked on the Halo franchise for 15 years, cited family medical issues as the reason for her departure. In a statement to Windows Central, publisher Microsoft said the vacant position will be effectively filled by Pierre Hintze, currently head of production at 343 Industries. The comes after Halo Infinite delayed all of its upcoming content, its long-awaited co-op mode, until November.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done on Halo Infinity, The Master Chief Collection, the Halo TV series, and more. It has been a privilege to serve with the team over the past 15 years and to be a part of the universe I love ,” Ross said on Twitter. Following the announcement, 343 Industries’ leadership team will undergo a major reshuffle, starting with the aforementioned Hintze as head of the studio. Looking ahead, he will lead the continued Halo Infinite and The Master Chief Collection, among other future projects.

Microsoft also told Windows Central that the studio’s senior leadership team will expand into new roles. Bryan Koski, who previously ran marketing for Halo, will become general manager of the franchise, while Elizabeth Van Wyck will lead business and operations. Earlier this month, 343 Industries unveiled a new roadmap for Halo Infinite, listing delays for a fresh round of new content. Whether or not this studio reorganization will result in more changes to the release date remains to be seen.

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Much to the dismay of fans, 343 Industries first revealed that the highly anticipated co-op mode had been pushed back to its November 8 release date. The game mode was originally scheduled to launch in August, and even had a beta testing event in July. The studio also pushed back Halo Infinite’s Forge mode, a map and creation tool, to a November date, time for the massive winter update, which adds a free battle pass.

As part of its Halo Infinite roadmap reveal, 343 Industries has completely removed the promised split-screen mode — a staple feature of the classic Halo game. Season 3 multiplayer has also been delayed until March 7, 2023, bringing new maps, weapons, and a shroud screen, a device that deploys an opaque dome-shaped shield to protect your squad.

Halo Infinite is now available on Xbox S/X, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam and PC Game Pass.


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