The news was posted on Bungie's website, where Staten wrote some parting words for gamers, but no explanation for the departure was made other than he’ll be tackling “new creative challenges.”
“While this may come as a surprise, fear not,” Staten said. “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.”
Staten asked for the continued support of Bungie and thanked gamers for supporting him and the company. He also said he would be cheering for the Destiny development team when the game launches sometime next year.
The long-time Bungie employee ended his not with the phrase, “Per Audacia Ad Astra!” which roughly translates to “Boldly to the Stars” according to the Bungie wiki and appears to be somewhat of a slogan for the Bungie Aerospace team.
Joining Bungie in 1998, Staten worked on Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3, while also writing the novel Halo: Contact Harvest.
Destiny launches for the PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One sometime in early 2014.