The two join what MGS head Phil Spencer described to Edge as a "group of industry heavy hitters," which includes Scott's wife and ex-Gearbox technician Corrinne Yu along with former Bungie writer Frank O'Connor.
Microsoft is said to have at least four different teams working on projects related to the immensely popular sci-fi series, with rumors indicating that Brothers in Arms developer Gearbox is heading up Halo 4 for Xbox 720.
Series creator Bungie is working on a new campaign for Halo 3, while the soon-to-be-closed Ensemble Studios is wrapping up its strategy game Halo Wars and Microsoft Game Studios prepares the Peter Jackson-helmed episodic Halo game.
Shacknews had previously heard from a reliable source that Payton was hired as the creative director for the Peter Jackson Halo game, often referred to as Halo: Chronicles, though Microsoft has yet to confirm his exact position.
Somehow I'm never excited when I see Halo news. The first one was great, with co-op and all; made me buy the xbox just for it. The other 2 I played a bit co-op and a bit online, but that didn't last long. Feels like they're making way too many Halo related titles...
I liked the first one too. The second one not so much. Four teams working on Halo projects? They run a real risk of overkill with the franchise if they haven't already.