343 Industries head of FPS game development leaves to tackle indie dream

Halo 5 executive producer will now fill the role.


The studio currently behind the Halo series is losing its head of FPS game development so that he can pursue a dream of making indie titles.

343 Industries has announced that Josh Holmes, who was creative director on Halo 4 and managed the vision and direction on Halo 5: Guardians, will be leaving the company. Chris Lee, Halo 4's lead producer and Halo 5's executive producer, will take his place.

"I have loved every moment here on Halo but I find myself drawn to new horizons," said Holmes, who has been with 343 for seven years. "This month I’m leaving 343 Industries and excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development."

Holmes didn't elaborate on exactly what his indie plans would entail, but the parting seems to eb amicable, as 343 studi boss Bonnie Ross gave him a proper public send off.

"Josh has been an instrumental leader for the Halo franchise, helping to build 343 Industries, and delivering multiple AAA games, as well as the ground-breaking sustain efforts for Halo 5: Guardians," Ross said. "I wanted to thank him for everything he has done for us and the Halo franchise, and I wish him the best of luck on his next adventure."

The studio passed the reins to Lee quickly, as the company has more planned for the Halo universe. "I am excited to continue shaping the future of this legendary franchise alongside our FPS team and the community that I love," Lee said. "Pretty soon we'll talk more about our next, free content update for Halo 5: Guardians and Halo 5: Forge. We're pretty excited about the CU content and think you will be too. I can't wait to jump into the community-built customs with our fans."

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