Over on Bungie’s website, the company posted a letter from writer Joe Staten who’s been with the company for fifteen years. The letter offers some heartfelt words of thanks, and the announcement that Staten’s moving on to other endeavors.
“At Bungie, we consider ourselves lucky,” reads the introduction to Staten’s letter. “Every day, we get to do what we love in an amazing place, alongside people we respect and admire. No one embodies that more than Joseph Staten. Few have contributed as much to our success. To that end, it is with no small degree of sadness that we say ‘Godspeed’ to more than just a Grizzled Ancient, but an old, dear friend. And it is with no small degree of delight and intrigue that we imagine what worlds he might take us to next.”
And here’s the parting words from Staten:
“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.”
If you’ve ever enjoyed the story of any of the Halo games, it seems you’ll have Staten to thank. And if you’re into Destiny when that drops, once again, Staten’s your man. As to what he’s up to next, it’s not super clear. I’m sure he’s got a pile of money from his successful game work to fall back on that’ll let him do some novel- or screenplay-writing. Or maybe he’ll end up at a different studio, making some other games somehow. Regardless, that Joe Staten is one successful dude. Whatever he tackles next will probably do pretty well.