Chris Lee, director and studio head of Halo Infinite, has stepped down from his role in the controversial game. Lee was overseeing the long-awaited next entry in the Halo series, which was set to arrive alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles next month. However, Microsoft and 343 Industries have postponed Halo Infinite until next year.
Chris Lee leaves 343 Industries but will continue to work at Microsoft
Lee has been with 343 Industries since 2008 and has worked on several installments of the series, including Halo Reach, Halo 4, and Halo 5: Guardians. He is still employed at Microsoft and told Bloomberg that he “was looking at future opportunities. I believe in the team and I’m sure they will deliver a great game and now is the right time for me to step away.
There were a few issues during the development of Halo Infinite. Lee is the second project manager to leave the team in the past two years. Creative director Tim Longo and executive producer Mary Olson left last year.
Microsoft had convinced Halo veteran Joe Staten to oversee the single player campaign in August. At the same time, Pierre Hintze, who was leading the editorial team for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, stepped in to lead the development of the free multiplayer modes. As such, Lee’s role in the project has been somewhat reduced.
However, 343 Industries still has a very large and incredible team. We hope that Halo Infinite will convince all users as soon as they are ready for launch in 2021.