Destiny Just Lost Its Design Director
Bungie has had a long and prosperous journey throughout the years. From developing on of the most successful first-person shooter franchises of our generation to attempting to redefine the genera with Destiny, Bungie is easily one of the most influential development houses in the industry today. A lot of their success can be credited to their design director Joseph Staten, who is sadly chosen to move on with his career.
Joseph Staten has been design director and co-universe creator for both Hal and the upcoming Destiny, and has been with Bungie for around 15 years. That’s a really long time when you think about it, and Staten has decided that it’s time for him to pursue more “creative” ventures.
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“After 15 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.”
Not only was Staten involved in the writing of every single Halo game Bungie developed, he was also on-board for writing the Halo film that Peter Jackson had in mind once upon a time. It’s a rather big blow to the studio, but Bungie have respected Staten’s decision to move on in his own direction.
“At Bungie, we consider ourselves lucky. 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.”
Destiny is probably too far into development for Staten departure to have any real affect, but Bungie will be hard pressed trying to find a replacement of his stature.
Regardless, we’ll be keeping a close eye on what Staten gets up to next.