Halo Infinite News
Payne shared the news through his personal Twitter account, confirming that he has taken new a role at Gunfire Games, the developer of Darksiders 3 and Remnant: From The Ashes.
According to Payne’s LinkedIn page, he joined 343 Industries in April 2019 on a contract basis. It is currently unclear if the developer departed from 343 Industries because he had finished his work on Halo Infinite or if he left the studio earlier than expected.
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Payne also shared 2 images of himself at the 343 Industries office alongside a life sized statue of Master Chief. “I’ll see you later on this year Chief,” he said, likely a reference to the planned Fall 2021 release of Halo Infinite.
Payne is the latest developer to leave Halo Infinite in recent years. Other notable developers who have exited the project include creative director Tim Longo, executive producer Mary Olson and game director Chris Lee.
Lee stepped down from the role of his in October following the game’s delay. “I have stepped back from Infinite and I’m looking at future opportunities. I feel in the team and am confident they are going to deliver a great game and right now is a great time for me to step away,” he said.
In a more recent update, Microsoft confirmed that Halo Infinite will launch in Fall this year, while noting there’s still “more to be done” in terms of its graphics. Studio head Bonnie Ross has also reassured fans that Halo Infinite will be “the Halo game you deserve”.