It's been a difficult few weeks across the tech sector. Microsoft, in particular, is coming off a massive round of layoffs. A portion of the jobs cut came from developer 343 Industries and there has been speculation regarding whether the studio would remain assigned to the Halo franchise. The team at 343 looked to put any rumors to rest over the weekend, putting out a statement on Saturday afternoon that assured fans that the studio would remain with Halo for the foreseeable future.
The following statement was issued by 343 Industries Studio Head Pierre Hintze on the Halo Twitter account:
Halo and Master Chief are here to stay.
343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great.
Rumors about 343's place in the Halo series began shortly after Microsoft's recent round of 10,000 layoffs. At least one originated from Halo leaker Bathrobe Spartan and started picking up steam from outlets like Gamespot. While things are always subject to change, Hintze's statement should put most of these rumors to rest.
Still, all is not well in the world of Halo. Numerous delays, major shakeups within 343, and lukewarm receptions to the game's multiplayer have left Halo Infinite in a rough state. The team at 343 hopes to work towards turning things around with the Winter Update among the studio's plans for the game's future.
We'll continue to watch what's happening with 343 Industries and Halo Infinite here at Shacknews. Keep it here for any updates.
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Seems like they'll continue to be the caretaker of the franchise but opening it up to other developers which isn't new like how Halo Wars 1/2 has been done by two different developers (Ensemble and Creative Assembly respectively). Just now the FPS can be done by someone else alongside 343.
Halo will never be great with 343 behind it
343 Industries can never be replaced. Only the employees who work there.