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Halo 4 director quits due to no longer being ‘creatively excited’

Posted on September 7, 2011 AT 01:50am

THE BUZZ: With Halo 4 a year away from release Microsoft and 343 Industries have seen a major part of the development team leave in the shape of Creative Director Ryan Payton.

Payton joined the Halo 4 team after his work on Metal Gear Solid 4 and put his decision of leaving down to not being “creatively excited” for the project anymore. He told Kotaku;

“I had a great run at Microsoft, I don’t regret one day of it. But after a few years, there came a point where I wasn’t creatively excited about the project anymore.”

“The Halo I wanted to build was fundamentally different and I don’t think I had built enough credibility to see such a crazy endeavor through,”

He was very clear that his decision had nothing to do with the quality of game and was just a personal choice.

EGM’s TAKE: Losing such an important team member just one year from launch is going to be a big blow however I’m sure 343 are prepared and will be able to deliver the quality of game that we are all expecting.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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