Joseph Staten joins Microsoft after leaving Bungie

Joseph Staten

Xbox Studio Manager Mike Ybarra revealed earlier today that Joseph Staten is coming home after vanishing from the gaming scene late last year. Back in September, Staten announced his departure from Bungie, stating that he was “leaving to tackle new creative challenges,” and today we’ve learned exactly what those challenges are. The previous design director and co-creator of both the Halo and Destiny franchises has now been signed on as  Microsoft Game Studios’ new Senior Creative Director.

In regards to Staten’s potential involvement with 343‘s new Halo game, a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon that, “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.”

As anyone familiar with his work could tell you, this is incredibly encouraging news, as Staten has been a key creative figure within some of gaming’s most iconic and celebrated franchises of the past 15 years, ranging from Myth 2 to virtually every Halo game leading up to Halo: Reach, and recently as the writer and creative director on the highly anticipated Destiny.

[via Polygon]

  • bluSPECTRE

    This makes me really happy. Like…

    • TheRedButterfly

      I 100% agree.

  • TheRedButterfly

    One thing that would be amazing is if MS believes in him enough to let him start a new franchise… And that doesn’t seem to be too outlandish, cuz the last time he started a new franchise it worked out pretty lucrative for them (and us).

    Regardless, having his talent as Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios in and of itself is incredibly exciting! Can’t wait to see the fruits of his new position!

    • bluSPECTRE

      Hell, they’d probably give him his own development studio if he asked for one.

      • TheRedButterfly

        Well, as Senior Creative Director, that’s almost what he does… He’s hand-picking studios to join MS’s party lineup.

        Personally I would’ve probably given him his own studio, but I’m pretty sure that Microsoft knows what they’re doing by putting him here. They know the juicy details of what’s going on with their unannounced projects/studios, so this might mean better things than what we can see on the surface.

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