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Former 'Halo' and 'Destiny' writer re-joins Microsoft Studios

Joe Staten
Joe Staten
Long-time Bungie writer and creative director, Joe Staten, goes to Microsoft. (Destiny Wikia)

Joseph Staten, the former Bungie writer behind Halo: Combat Evolved through Halo 3: ODST and the lead writer and creative director behind Destiny, is re-joining Microsoft it was revealed Thursday.

Microsoft's Mike Ybarra first made the announcement on Twitter with, "Thrilled to welcome back Joe Staten to the Microsoft Studios family. #XboxOne"

This was followed by an official statement sent out by Microsoft that reads:

“As a senior creative director, Joseph will help create the world’s best entertainment on Xbox, as well as help shape our franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles. He’ll also be one of our leading ambassadors to the game development community, building on his many years of experience and relationships with developers and fans. We’re excited to share more about Joseph’s role in the future.”

Staten left Bungie and the Destiny project for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 last September to "tackle new challenges." Those challenges apparently turned up at Microsoft but the company confirmed that he will not be working with 343 Industries on the next Halo for Xbox One.

His LinkedIn profile simply reads that he will be "helping to create incredible entertainment on Xbox."

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