In a snippet of bittersweet news, it was recently announced that Joseph Staten, a 15-year veteran of Bungie who most recently serving as creative director, has departed the studio.
The news was revealed on Bungie’s site, which said that “[few] have contributed as much to our success” and although the team is sad to see Staten go, “it is with no small degree of delight and intrigue that we imagine what worlds he might take us to next.”
- Joe Staten (Image Source)
Staten’s full statement to the community read:
“Dear community friends,
“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. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. 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.
“I’ll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Per Audacia Ad Astra!”
- Joseph Staten
Staten was heavily involved in the creation and development of the Halo and Destiny universes having served as lead writer, and also provided voice work for Halo’s inimitable fodder enemies, the Grunts.
We wish Joe Staten all the best in his future endeavours and after helping craft two of the most exciting universes in gaming, we can’t wait to see what he works on next.