Josh Holmes, the studio head at Halo series’ current developer 343 Industries(Halo 4 onwards), is resigning from the studio after seven years of heartfelt hard work. In a blog post today, Holmes made the announcement that he’s leaving the studio to work on his own brain child independent games.
I have loved every moment here on Halo but I find myself drawn to new horizons, this month I’m leaving 343 Industries and excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development.
Holmes did not did not spurt out any details regarding what he’ll be working on doing next, such as whether or not he’ll be starting his own game development, shifting to another, or doing something completely different.
Replacing Holmes as studio head will be a Chris Lee, who was the main head of production for 343’s Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians.
Chris has played a key role in the studio since our inception. He is a tremendous leader and Halo is in great hnds with him,
Chris lee had a few things of his own to say about the promotion:
I am excited to continue shaping the future of this legendary franchise alongside our FPS team and the community that I love. Pretty soon we’ll talk more about our next, free content update for Halo 5: Guardians and Halo 5: Forge.
Bonnie Ross, 343’s general manager, also gave statement regarding the departure of Holmes:
He’s been an instrumental leader for the Halo brand during his seven years at the studio. 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.
You can read the entire blog post announcing the personnel changes for yourself right here.
Officially, no new titles in the mainline Halo series have been announced as of yet, although Halo 6 has been very strongly hinted at recently by the studio. And in other Halo related news, Halo Wars 2 is scheduled to launch next year in February.