Halo Infinite’s lead narrative designer, Aaron Linde, announced he’s leaving 343 Industries. Linde said on Twitter he is leaving to ““pursue a new opportunity.” This opportunity is now known to be a job a Riot Games–he’s joining the R&D team.
Linde stated it was a “terrifically difficult decision” to leave 343. “Halo Infinite will remain one of the proudest achievements of my career for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.”
Linde added: “I want to thank my dear colleagues at 343 for making the best game I’ve ever worked on, our incredible voice cast for elevating our work in every single line delivery, and our players for joining us on this wild-ass journey. You made 2021 an incredibly special year for me. I get squidgy talking about real sh** on this stupid website [Twitter] so I’ll leave it at that for now. But I can’t underscore enough how grateful I am and always will be. See you next mission.”
Linde, the lead narrative designer, was in charge of a small team of writers handling “all open world narrative content” in the game, according to his Linkedin page. Before halo, Linde was the lead writer on Gearbox’s Battleborn.
He then moved to ArenaNet to work on an unannounced project at the Guild Wars studio. He then moved to Bungie onto bungie to become a senior writer on Destiny 2 before again moving to 343 in 2019 on Halo Infinite.