Joseph Staten, an instrumental figure in the creation of the Halo series, has announced he is leaving Bungie.
He broke the news on Bungie's official website.
"After fifteen great years at Bungie," he wrote, "from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you."
Staten joined Bungie in 1998 and was the director of cinematics for Halo: CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3. He also wrote one of the novelisations of the Halo universe with its fifth book, Halo: Contact Harvest. He was the writer and design director for Bungie's upcoming title, Destiny.