Halo 4 is a whole new trilogy featuring the return of Master Chief to the 360. The original trilogy, as well as the offshoot ODST and prequel Reach, was developed and created by Bungie Studios. Microsoft and Bungie have parted ways, leaving the continuation of Halo in the hands of 343 Industries. Made up of Microsoft employees, Halo fans, and a few former Bungie employees the studio is under pressure to live up to the hype created by the series.
It’s still early in development, but creative director Ryan Payton has left the project. Not only that, but he’s walked away from 343 Industries as a whole. “The Halo I wanted to build was fundamentally different and I don’t think I had built enough credibility to see such a crazy endeavor through,” Payton told Kotaku in a statement.
The project is still young, with release currently scheduled for sometime in 2012. So, what does this really mean?