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EA taps Halo veteran Marcus Lehto to help build new Seattle studio

The new opening has been tasked with developing first-person games.

Chris Kerr

October 19, 2021

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Former Bungie creative director Marcus Lehto has joined EA to help build a new studio in Seattle.

The veteran developer announced the move on Twitter, and explained he's been appointed game director at the new opening, which has been tasked with developing first-person games.

Lehto is best known as one of the original creators of the Halo franchise at Bungie. During his time at the company, Lehto steered the art direction on the original Halo and subsequently spent years working on the blockbuster series, eventually stepping up to direct Halo: Reach.

After spending around 16 years at Bungie, Lehto departed to establish Washington-based studio V1 Interactive. The studio had been operating publicly since 2015, but closed its doors back in March just nine months after launching its debut title, Disintegration.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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