Joseph Staten, one of the main creative forces behind the "Halo" saga and the upcoming "Destiny," announced Tuesday he is leaving Bungie Studios after 15 years, according to a post on the developer's official site.
"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," Staten wrote in a farewell letter on Bungie.net.
Staten was in lead writer and cinematics director for every Bungie "Halo" title through "Halo 3." He did voice work for all three titles, including "Halo 3: ODST." After much of the studio began work on "Halo Reach," he joined studio founder Jason Jones in work on the upcoming online RPG shooter "Destiny."
Staten told fans not to worry about "Destiny," which is slated to release in 2014, assuring everyone the game is in good hands with a "hugely talented team."
"I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year," he said. "Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you."