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Halo Infinite Design Lead Leaves After Multiplayer Design Director Departs

Another superior from Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has left the studio, as Jerry Hook moves on. The former head of design at 343 announced that today, May 25, was his last day not only at 343, but also at Microsoft and the Halo franchise as a whole. It’s the latest departure for a big name from the studio, though that’s not necessarily a sign of concern given the upheaval the games industry has been going through recently.

“This journey has been filled with creating new worlds, platforms and products from Xbox, Xbox Live to Halo,” Hook said.

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“Most importantly, he’s worked alongside some of the most passionate and driven people in the industry, impacting millions of gamers around the world,” he added.

A Microsoft veteran, Hook started with the company in 2003 when he worked on account services for Xbox Live on Xbox 360. He later became an executive producer and helped ship titles like Halo 4 and Halo 5. He left Microsoft in 2015 to join Bungie where he worked on Destiny. Hook returned to Microsoft in November 2018, taking on the role of Online Design Director and later becoming Halo Infinite’s Live Director. In 2019, he was promoted to Head of Design for Halo Infinite, a position he held for nearly three years before leaving the company this week.

Hook did not announce where he was headed next, or if he was retiring. GameSpot has reached out to Microsoft in an attempt to find out how or if 343 plans to fill Hook’s position as head of design.

He left 343 shortly after Halo Infinite multiplayer designer Andrew Witts left the team to join Epic Games to work on Fortnite as lead gameplay designer. Rollover in any area is normal and expected, and nothing we’ve seen or heard so far suggests Halo Infinite is in trouble. Not only that, but we’ve seen many developers move from studio to studio lately as companies compete for talent.

Halo Infinite launched in 2021 and got off to a great start, but since then fans have been clamoring for more content to help make the game’s multiplayer interesting. For its part, 343 acknowledged that fans are running out of patience, but the team is intentionally releasing slower updates at this time.

Halo Infinite’s Season 1 content roadmap left a lot to be desired, fans said. The highly requested online co-op campaign will launch in August.

The game’s latest event, Fracture: Entrenched, is currently taking place. It offers up to 30 additional rewards to unlock, among other things. Check out GameSpot’s Fracture: Cut Preview for more.

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