It's been a rough year for Halo Infinite. It was announced this year that the flagship game would miss the launch of the Xbox Series X and S, and today, a new report confirms that Infinite has lost another director.
A new report from Bloomberg says that Chris Lee, a top director at 343 Industries who's been with the company for over a decade, is stepping away. According to Bloomberg, after it was announced that Infinite had been delayed, Lee was sidelined and Joseph Staten was brought on to the project to lead campaign development.
Lee confirmed he was stepping back in a statement to Bloomberg. "I believe in the team and am confident they will deliver a great game and now is a good time for me to step away," said Lee. According to a Microsoft statement to Bloomberg, Lee will remain a Microsoft employee.
Halo Infinite has had a tough development process. In August 2019, the studio lost a creative director and executive producer. Then, the delay earlier this year pushed Halo Infinite away from the launch of the Xbox Series X and S consoles.
Though it was a move done to reportedly prevent splitting up the game, it still doesn't bode well to see so much turnover on one of Microsoft's big properties. Halo has been on shaky ground for the last few games, and though the Master Chief Collection has soldiered on, the newest Halo will have to gear up for whatever comes with its launch in 2021.