343 Industries has had a shakeup in the top ranks of its developers involved with Halo Infinite. Kotaku first reported that Tim Longo, the Creative Director behind Halo Infinite, had been moved to a different position within the studio some weeks ago, and today, Longo had officially departed from 343 Industries.
Tim Longo joined 343 Industries six years ago in 2013 and also served as the Creative Director of Halo 5: Guardians before his move to Halo Infinite. In a statement, Microsoft confirmed Longo has left the studio, saying:
Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe. We wish Tim nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
Microsoft also revealed that taking over the role at leading the game's campaign team would be 343 Industries Executive Producer Mary Olson. Creative control over the upcoming title will remain under Chris Lee's supervision.
"We have a world-class team building Halo Infinite and the overwhelming positive response by fans has us energized, more than ever, to create the best Halo game to date," added Microsoft in its statement. "These changes have no impact to the release date for Halo Infinite."
Even though Halo Infinite will be the sixth game in the main franchise, it is aimed at being a spiritual reboot and a "perfect starting point for new players." In addition to releasing on the Xbox One family of consoles and Windows 10 PCs next year, Halo Infinite is also a launch title for Project Scarlett, Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console.