Writer Joe Staten Leaves Bungie After 15 Years

by Mike Futter on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

After working with the developer through the creation and shaping of the Halo franchise, writer and cinematic director Joe Staten is leaving Bungie. The news was announced on the studio's website today.

Staten also penned Halo: Contact Harvest, a recounting of the first human encounter with the Covenant, and scripted many of the cutscenes that helped weave the story of the Halo universe. Here's the text of Staten's departure post:

At Bungie, we consider ourselves lucky. Every day, we get to do what we love in an amazing place, alongside people we respect and admire. No one embodies that more than Joseph Staten. Few have contributed as much to our success. To that end, it is with no small degree of sadness that we say “Godspeed” to more than just a Grizzled Ancient, but an old, dear friend. And it is with no small degree of delight and intrigue that we imagine what worlds he might take us to next.

Here are a few words from the man himself:

Dear community friends,

After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.

Per Audacia Ad Astra!

Joseph Staten

It’s been an honor serving with you, Joseph. Thank you for everything.

Prior to his departure, Staten served as the writer and creative director on the studio's upcoming open-world shooter, Destiny.

[Source: Bungie]


Our Take
Staten has helped bring us the lore behind Halo, playing a role in crafting the Forerunners, Covenant, and the Flood. As a fan of the Halo universe and the intricately woven story behind it, I'm eager to see where his talents take him. While the team at Bungie is talented, I have no doubt that Staten's departure will be felt among the Destiny team.