Earlier, we saw how the majority of the IT industry had been going through a particularly difficult time, with a number of companies having to let go of a sizeable proportion of their staff. Microsoft was one of these companies that, in a mass layoff, had let go of 5% of its total workforce. Since this also affected everyone at 343 Industries, many notable individuals, such as Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer creative director Tom French and developer Joeseph Staten, had to leave the company.
This led to numerous theories and speculations regarding the Halo franchise. In the midst of this mess, Halo Infinite’s DLCs were canceled yesterday, leading many to be concerned about the future of the franchise as a whole and hoping for an official statement on the matter in the coming days. Finally, it appears we have official word, and it’s not bad news at all. The developer, 343, has issued a brief statement clarifying suspicions that it is still developing Halo for Microsoft.
— Halo (@Halo) January 21, 2023
On the surface, this sounds like great news, but it appears that many fans are disappointed that 343 has decided to keep developing the series. Patrick Wren, who worked for 343 for eight years and was senior multiplayer designer on Halo Infinite, recently spoke out against the company’s management, saying:
The layoffs at 343 shouldn’t have happened and Halo Infinite should be in a better state. The reason for both of those things is incompetent leadership up top during Halo Infinite development causing massive stress on those working hard to make Halo the best it can be.
The people I worked every day with were passionate about Halo and wanted to make something great for the fans. They helped push for a better Halo and got laid off for it. Devs still there are working hard on that dream. Look at Forge. Be kind to them during this awful time.”
Furthermore, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of developers who have openly criticized the company’s harsh working environment and have publicly spoken about it. If that wasn’t bad enough for 343 Industries, the fans of the Halo series also hold the company responsible for the series’ apparent decline.
How Microsoft responds to this news remains to be seen, but for the time being, the word is that 343 Industries is “here to stay” and will keep working on Halo. Until then, we promise to keep you updated with any relevant news or information as it emerges. Let us know what do you think of 343’s situation, and do you think Halo as a series has any chance of a potential revival?