Halo veteran returns to Microsoft to build "incredible entertainment"

Joseph Staten now working as senior creative director for unspecified Xbox project.

After quitting Bungie Studios at the end of September 2013, Halo and Destiny universe co-creator Joseph Staten has returned to Microsoft. His new post is senior creative director, and he joins the Xbox team to help create "incredible entertainment," according to his LinkedIn page.

Staten is a prolific Halo writer, having written for every game in the series developed by Bungie. He also served as creative director for Peter Jackson's Halo film (which would later fall apart) and authored the New York Times bestseller Halo: Contact Harvest.

Staten's current Xbox project at Microsoft is unknown.

It is possible that he's working on one of Microsoft's numerous unannounced Xbox One projects, or even potentially the new Halo game. He did, after all co-create the Halo universe, making him a likely candidate to guide its future.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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81 comments
Gangsta8d9
Gangsta8d9

his wiki article says he is working on sunset overdrive, scalebound and crackdown. he could be referring to using the cloud to offload computation.. like the destructible environment demo.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

As long as the Halo tv project is of the same caliber as Forward Unto Dawn, and uses popular scifi actors like Mike Dopud and Ty Olsson and Jill Teed who were in that, then it is all good.

FrankDuxx
FrankDuxx

hummm where are the ps4 fan boy, I think they it a wall


quidditch3
quidditch3

Interesting!!! Will he be working with Steven Spielberg on the Halo Xbox one exclusive series

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Well after how underwhelming 4 was, one of the originals coming back could be a great thing.

Evdne971
Evdne971

They hired a person who's primary concern isn't money, that's why his work is great.

ZeoV9
ZeoV9

looking forward to whatever 'incredible entertainment' he ll provide ...

urstupd
urstupd

i think they hired him for the halo tv-project

Zironn1
Zironn1

How much you want to bet, He ends up co writing for the Halo tv series.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

it looks like master chef is holding the play button in above video. 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Much Like Eddie Makuch graces us daily with his "incredible journalism."

berserker66666
berserker66666

And that's what you call.....a Microscam lapdog.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

He is very talented. I am sure that whether it is Halo or a new IP, it is going to be great.

nparks
nparks

No man is an island.  Well, except for Joseph Staten, I guess.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

So this is who came out of Masterchief on the toilet.

translucent17
translucent17

Pretty boastful statement..... Only time will tell.

silversix_
silversix_

"Incredible entertainment" ----- 2 years passes, that incredible shit is release and is a generic space shooter with 5h campaign, a faceless hero that ISN'T called Master Chief and runs in 720p. Be excited.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

look forward to seeing what they come up with.

thomasn7
thomasn7

This is actually good news. Glad to see him back where he belongs! Too bad Bungie is sucking up to Sony like they have been long lost brothers or something.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

If he's working on Halo 5's story, perhaps he could help to fix some of the glaring story/canon contradictions introduced by Halo 4

pszone
pszone

well I know what it is at this E3 xboxone will xboxknow with renting games from xbox store.  

normanislost
normanislost

Exactly what was thinking from the title but I guess he could be doing both "entertainment" is a pleural

Daian
Daian

Right, I'm sure he didn't quit an exciting new project to go back to M$ for more money.

That was sarcasm.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

@silversix_ In other words, you're writing it off before anything is known. That's always wise...

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Spartan_418


Halo 4 didn't introduce glaring story contradictions. Reach, on the other hand, most certainly did.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@CrouchingWeasel No true but it didn't have the same edge that Halo 3 did somehow. Seemed like it was more flash than substance.

The story was kind of naff overall. The best thing was they managed to retain the decent weapon feel of Halo. But that coupled with the kind of tedious enemies and the story meant I finished it without any real sense of attachment.

It just ended in a "Yay, finished it!". Not an "OMFG That....was......AWESOME!"

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@WolfgarTheQuiet@Butt_Chunx 

He's helping create "incredible entertainment." That's as broad of a statement as any. Don't rule out the possibility of his involvement with a game. Games are entertainment (well...most games provide some entertainment).

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@A8ADD0N perhaps they both did.

an example of a contradiction in 4 is the Forerunners being depicted as a unique race of aliens, vs 343 Guilty Spark telling Chief in Halo 3 "you are Forerunner"

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Those are indeed English words...in the hands of a fanboy.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@stage4saiyan@pszone


Nope. I believe it's fanboy speak for "I'm trying really hard to say something bad about this but I don't understand how to."

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@silversix_ @Stevo_the_gamer co-create the Halo franchise, you know one of the biggest entertainment franchises of all time, but hey if you can top that feel free to share what you have done in life. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@nparks @A8ADD0N @Spartan_418 Except ODST took place during the beginning of Halo 2 so..

Evdne971
Evdne971

It wasn't contradicting, it was 343's rampancy, and the re(claimers) (humans) claimed the mantle, making them forunners