Halo Infinite is Microsoft's lead-off batter for Project Scarlett, but now it seems a shake-up has occurred in the developer's leadership. Tim Longo, creative director for Halo Infinite, has left 343 Industries this week, according to a Kotaku report.
Longo, who also served as creative director for Halo 5: Guardians and worked on games like Star Wars: Republic Commando, was moved to a different role a few weeks ago, according to Kotaku's sources. This week, he has fully left the company.
A statement sent to Kotaku by Microsoft confirmed the move. Executive producer Mary Olson will be taking charge of the campaign team as lead producer, while Chris Lee, studio head on Halo Infinite, will take the lead on Infinite's creative vision and production.
"We have a world-class team building Halo Infinite and the overwhelming positive response by fans has us energized, more than ever, to create the best Halo game to date, alongside Project Scarlett in holiday 2020," Microsoft says. "These changes have no impact to the release date for Halo Infinite."
Halo Infinite was announced at E3 2018 and shown in further detail at E3 2019, though no gameplay has been shown yet. 343's Bonnie Ross told us in an interview that the studio is taking a little extra time on Infinite to "really do the investment," as well as prevent crunch situations.
Holiday 2020 is still slated as the launch for both Microsoft's next Xbox, currently codenamed Project Scarlett, as well as Halo Infinite. The two are expected to launch alongside one another, though this news may cast some aspersions on the current state of Infinite's development.