Halo Infinite studio director Chris Lee departs 343 as the project continues to run aground. Lee confirmed with Bloomberg that he has “stepped back from Infinite,” and is looking at other opportunities. “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,” Lee said.
Halo Infinite has been struggling for a while now, and there are plenty of rumblings that suggest something bad is coming for the game. The game was supposed to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X but has since been delayed to an unknown date in 2021. No new dates or windows have been announced, so fans are left to wonder. And with the loss of more leadership, the team could be in pretty big trouble.
This is by no means this kind of leadership floundering has occurred. Former creative director Tim Longo left the studio in August 2019 and was then followed by executive producer Mary Olson moved to the role of lead producer on the Halo Infinite campaign in another shuffling. Olson herself also left the project a while later in October 2019.
Fans were concerned, but the company tried to tamp down the flames of worry. “There is no creative dilemma inside the studio, and there’s no writing on the walls,” community manager John Junyszek said in a Reddit post.
What could actually be coming is hard to say though. With the game already having been delayed until next year, this new departure makes things seem pretty rough. There are worries among the fanbase that the game will be split into multiple smaller episodes to make up time, but nothing has been confirmed about that.