Recently Microsoft announced significant layoffs; 10,000 employees comprising 5% of the total global workforce of Microsoft will be strategically let go by March.
Microsoft’s Gaming division and Xbox are also affected by these layoffs, especially first-party studios, including Halo developer studio 343 Industries and The Coalition, which were reportedly hit pretty hard. Ex-Halo devs also condemned this step by Microsoft, considering the current state of Halo Infinite and the future of the franchise that is now painting a more grim picture after the announcement of significant layoffs and cancellation of Halo Infinite’s DLCs.
To settle the storm surrounding the future of the Halo franchise, 343 Industries head Pierre Hintze released a statement that “Halo and Master Chief are here to stay.”
Halo and Master Chief are here to stay. 343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great.”
— Halo (@Halo) January 21, 2023
However, now we might have a little bit more clarification about these recent deep cuts at 343 Industries; IGN recently reported that a source familiar with the situation has revealed that a quarter of 343 Industries have been laid off, and around 30 employees in the art department are affected, other than that “hard with positions impacted across all disciplines.”
Further investigating the LinkedIn profiles of the former 343 Industries employees reveals that VFX, gameplay, game design, and more essential departments are also impacted.
All this ongoing situation at 343 Industries has also given rise to new theories that 343i might become a producer for the Halo franchise rather than the sole developer of future Halo games, and even if they continue the development, they might not be the only studio working on the next Halo games. It’s been a rough week at Microsoft, especially 343 Industries, if we talk about the gaming division.
A lot is going on there, which has also raised concerns about the future of the iconic Halo franchise that is loved by the millions but is not in a good state at the current time due to the infrequencies in the post-launch content for Halo Infinite and progression system for the live service aspect of the game.
We hope there is a silver lining in all this, and it will be the best for the Halo fans and the franchise. We will keep you posted upon receiving any further valuable information about this news. Please let us know your thoughts about this in the comment section below.