Josh Holmes, the studio head of 343 Industries and the driving force behind the latest Halo games, is leaving the studio.
“I have loved every moment here on Halo but I find myself drawn to new horizons,” Holmes wrote in a farewell blog post on Halo Waypoint. “This month I’m leaving 343 Industries and [am] excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development.”
Stepping up to take Holmes’ place is Chris Lee, the head of production on both Halo 4 and Halo 5.
“Chris has played a key role in the studio since our inception,” Holmes wrote of his successor. “He is a tremendous leader and Halo is in great hands with him.”
“As a long-time Halo fan, it is a tremendous honor to now lead such an amazing FPS development team,” Lee added. “Josh has been a great friend and leader during the last seven-plus years, and we wish him all the best in his indie efforts. Our team is fortunate to have a strong leadership core that has worked together on Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, spending countless days, nights, and weekends dedicated to making games that pay homage to Halo’s legacy, while continuing to move it forward.”
Holmes hasn’t specified what his next plans will be, whether he’ll be joining up with an existing indie studio, starting one of his own, or something else.
“There are many things I will miss as I leave 343: the daily ritual of playtest, long nights spent triaging bugs, Berger’s hair,” Holmes wrote in his farewell. “[But] most of all I will miss making games for the very best community of fans in the world: you.”
Source: Halo Waypoint