Frank O’Connor, content manager for Halo
developer Bungie Studios has announced that he is to leave the company for Halo
publisher and license owner Microsoft.
Speaking on the company’s website, O’Connor explained
: I am leaving you. I am off to work more closely with Microsoft on the Halo
franchise, so I shan’t be too far away, but I wanted to take this last chance, appropriately enough in a Weekly Update, to tell you a very fond thanks.”
O’Connor makes reference to recently working on the story for a new project at Bungie, rumored to be unconnected with the Halo
franchise, but gives little indication of his exact role at Microsoft.
Following Bungie’s surprise reversion to an independent developer
in October of last year, the exact relationship between the two companies, particularly in terms of the Halo
franchise, has become less clear.
The next two Halo
projects are both known to have more limited input from Bungie, with Ensemble Studio’s real-time strategy game Halo Wars
and a still secretive product from movie director Peter Jackson.