Today, Josh Holmes, the head of the studio of Halo franchise, announced that at the end of November, he will depart from 343 Industries after 7 years, and will begin a new adventure in the world of independent development.
“I have loved every moment here on Halo but I find myself drawn to new horizons,” said Holmes in the latest update to the blog of Halo Waypoint. “This month I’m leaving 343 Industries and excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development.” So far, Holmes did not disclose specific details about their upcoming projects; nor he said if he will start his own company or will be working with another studio.
Consequently, it is Chris Lee who will take the place of Holmes. Lee was head of production of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. “Chris has played a key role in the studio since our inception. He is a tremendous leader and Halo is in great hands with him,” said Holmes.
Lee also talked about his new role in the studio. “I am excited to continue shaping the future of this legendary franchise alongside our FPS team and the community that I love. Pretty soon we’ll talk more about our next, free content update for Halo 5: Guardians and Halo 5: Forge.”
For its part, the general director of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross, said Holmes was “instrumental leader” for the brand of Halo during these 7 years. “I wanted to thank him for everything he has done for us and the Halo franchise, and I wish him the best of luck on his next adventure,” he said.
In related information, in the framework of the transmission of 15th anniversary of Halo and Xbox, 343 Industries took a look at what lies ahead for users of Halo 5: Guardians. We are confident that the grenade launcher of Halo: Reach and Wraith anti-aircraft of Halo 3 will hit the game through a free upgrade, but there may be more surprises.