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Halo 4 Director Quits Due To No Longer Being ‘Creatively Excited’

Posted on September 2, 2011 AT 12:00am

THE BUZZ: With Halo 4 still a year away from release Microsoft has seen a major part of the development team in the shape of Creative Director Ryan Payton.

WHAT WE KNOW: Payton joined the Halo 4 team after his work on Metal Gear Solid 4 put his decision 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.

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).
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