Former Bungie Destiny design director Joseph Staten returns to Microsoft

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Joseph Staten, according to his LinkedIn page, has returned to Microsoft Studios. Bungie had announced in September that Staten was leaving his role as design director on ‘Destiny’ and leaving Bungie after 15 years to take on “new creative challenges,” as Senior Creative Director at Microsoft Studios. Bungie is set to launch their new IP Destiny on the 9th of September, 2014.

In a statement to Joystiq, Microsoft said that Staten’s role at the studio will be to shape the franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studio titles. They also clarified that Staten will not be working directly on the next Halo game and that 343 Industries will be continuing the Halo franchise in a new direction.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph back to the Microsoft Studios family. Over the past 15 years at Bungie, Joseph has been a key creative force behind some of gaming’s most iconic and celebrated franchises, including Myth II, ONI and virtually every “Halo” game leading up to Halo: Reach. As a senior creative director, Joseph will help create the world’s best entertainment on Xbox”

Staten is an industry veteran and a great writer, so no doubt he’ll make a mark on any IP he works on. It’ll be interesting to see what titles he will be working on next in Microsoft Studios  given his Halo legacy. It’s not clear what Microsoft titles he’ll be working on as of yet, but it’s exciting to have such a talented writer and designer move to a different studio to try something new.

Last Updated: January 10, 2014

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