Halo Infinite project director Chris Lee has left the project after following a delay that will see the next Master Chief adventure released in 2021 instead of this holiday.
Lee confirmed the departure to Bloomberg News. In a statement Lee said, “I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities. 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.
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Lee is the latest top director to depart the project after creative director Tim Longo left 343 in 2019 followed by lead producer Mary Olson. Halo veteran Joe Staten now leads the single-player campaign development, and Pierre Hintze is leading multiplayer.
“Chris Lee remains a Microsoft employee and while he has stepped back from Halo: Infinite right now, we appreciate all he has done for the project to date,” Microsoft said in a statement provided to Bloomberg.
Halo Infinite was originally slated to be a launch game alongside the Xbox Series X this holiday, but was delayed until 2021 to further develop and refine the project after a tepid reveal over the summer. However, Xbox Series X boxes still include pictures of Master Chief as part of the original launch plan.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.