It’s Being Reported 343 Industries Will No Longer Make Halo Games

A new report has claimed that long­time Halo devel­op­er 343 Indus­tries is being removed from the “active devel­op­ment” for the stu­dio. The new games in series will, instead, be cre­at­ed by a third-par­ty devel­op­er. This is accord­ing to Halo leak­er Bathrobe Spartan–who has a great track record of leak­ing Halo information–says Microsoft­’s lay­offs hit 343 par­tic­u­lar­ly hard, see­ing a third of its work­force being laid off (as trans­lat­ed by Metro). Joseph Stat­en, vet­er­an devel­op­er, is also report­ed­ly exit­ing the stu­dio to rejoin Xbox publishing.

343 Indus­tries will take on a parental role for Halo, over­see­ing new games and con­tent, while main­tain­ing the game’s engine. This isn’t new for 343, as it has relied on out­side assis­tance to devel­op Halo Infinite’s mul­ti­play­er con­tent. Addi­tion­al­ly, Bathrobe Spar­tan claims the planned sto­ry-based DLC for Halo Infi­nite has been cut due to cost.

A sequel to Halo Infi­nite is a expect­ed to enter pre-pro­duc­tion right along­side any spin-offs, with these games report­ed­ly being giv­en to oth­er stu­dios on big­ger bud­gets. While Halo Infi­nite had a strong launch, 343 has come under scruti­ny in recent months for delayed con­tent, tedious mul­ti­play­er pro­gres­sion, and bugs.

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