Joe Staten, the writer of the original Halo trilogy and Destiny, has found his way back home with Microsoft. The company picked him up again after he parted ways from Bungie back in September.
Thrilled to welcome back Joe Staten to the Microsoft Studios family. #XboxOne
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) January 9, 2014
It is unknown what specific plans Microsoft has with Staten at the moment. Logic would see him placed at 343 Industries and put back to work on Halo games, but Microsoft dismissed this in a statement to Polygon by saying it has bigger plans for Staten as a Senior Creative Director.
“Joseph is not working directly on the next Halo title. As a senior creative director, he will help create the world’s best entertainment on Xbox, as well as help shape our franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles. He’ll also be one of our leading ambassadors to the game development community, building on his many years of experience and relationships with developers and fans. We’re excited to share more about Joseph’s role in the future.”
It seems that Staten has gotten a major promotion through this move, and he is now in charge of many franchises, and not just one. I’m pretty sure his influence will be seen in future Halo games on some level, but for now, everybody gets a piece. Congratulations.