Bonnie Ross, the co-founder of current Halo developer 343 Industries, has left the studio. Ross announced her departure on Twitter earlier today.
Ross mentions a family medical issue for her departure from the studio. With her leaving, Pierre Hintze will now lead the studio with Brian Koski currently serving as the General Manager of the series, and Elizabeth Van Wyck leading the Business side of the studio.
Microsoft confirmed the departure to the media saying that “After more than 28 years in gaming at Microsoft, including 15 years leading 343 Industries and Halo through its most ambitious steps forward, Bonnie Ross will be leaving Microsoft and spending more time with her family. We are thankful for her leadership of 343 during which the team launched Halo 4, Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and Halo Infinite. We wish her all the best. Head of Production Pierre Hintze will become Studio Head effective immediately. The 343 team is hard at work shipping the Winter Update, the biggest Halo Infinite update since launch.”
“While I had hoped to stay with Halo until we released the Winter Update, I am letting you know I will be leaving 343 and attending to a family medical issue,” Ross revealed on Twitter. “I am incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series and so much more. It has been an honor to serve alongside the team for the last 15 years and to be a part of a universe that I love.
“Thank you everyone in the Halo community for your support. Halo’s future is bright. I cannot wait for all of you to experience what we have in store — and to cheer alongside you, as a fan, at the Halo World Championship in October!”
Ross has been a Microsoft employee for nearly 30 years with the past 15 leading the team at 343 Industries. She’s worked on several Halo titles including Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Halo Infinite.
In November, Halo Infinite will receive its largest update