Xbox studio manager Mike Ybarra revealed Staten’s return on Twitter, to the delight of fans.
It doesn’t sound like Staten will be joining 343 Industries to work on the Xbox One Halo game, though – or perhaps Microsoft just isn’t ready to talk about it yet.
“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,” A Microsoft representative told Polygon of Staten’s new role.
“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.”
As mentioned above, Staten worked on every Halo title up until the franchise was turned over to 343 Industries after Bungie parted ways with Microsoft. He served as Bungie’s lead writer and creative director.
Uh, ok. So is Bungie a sinking ship and Destiny about to have some quality issues? No reason seems to have been given.