According to a report from Bloomberg, 343 Industries’ Chris Lee is no longer working on Halo Infinite.
“I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities,” Lee said. “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.”343’s Chris Lee, “Microsoft’s New Halo Game Loses Top Director After Project Delay” (Bloomberg)
For those keeping score at home, Chris Lee is the second major director to abandon Halo Infinite’s hellish development. Tim Longo and Mary Olson – the game’s creative director executive producer, respectively, both left the project in August of last year.
I have absolutely no idea what’s going on with Halo Infinite, but as a lifelong Microsoft and Halo fan, this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence or excitement in what should’ve been 2020’s biggest release. We know more about the game’s promotional partnerships than we do about its features and modes, and this recent revelation in a development cycle that could only be described by the video below.
Here’s hoping the 343 team keeps trucking along and delivers us a true classic befitting the Halo franchise. I’m rootin’ for ya.
Update: Per our very own Johnny Rootbeer, Halo Infinite is now being helmed by Joseph Staten – a longtime member of the Bungie and Halo teams. Staten was a writer and director of cinematics for the original Halo trilogy, and he’s also wrote a few Halo novels. Staten signed on as the Campaign Project Lead just two months ago, but it seems like he just got his call-up to the majors.
Halo Infinite is reportedly releasing in 2021, but who the fuck really knows.