Update: Chris Lee, who worked on games like Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4 and Halo 5 will take over Dan Ayoub’s role of Studio Head. It’s great that someone with this much experience is filling Ayoub’s shoes.
One of 343 Industries’ studio heads, Dan Ayoub, has left the Halo studio to work with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team. Ayoub, who has been with the franchise since Halo: Reach, will be working on HoloLens. Ayoub said that his work with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team will be for the empowerment of education through technology.
Ayoub’s departure was mentioned in a Halo Waypoint message which detailed patch notes for games like Halo 5: Guardians and Halo Wars 2. Part of the post reads as follows:
“Today we’re sad to be saying bon voyage to one of our own, as Dan Ayoub–who’s worked on Halo games since Halo: Reach all the way back in 2009, bids us, and the gaming industry, a fond adieu. Dan is set to begin a new adventure within Microsoft in Mixed Reality, where he’ll be pursuing one of his passions…the empowerment of education through technology. Although Dan will be staying in the Microsoft family, and won’t be heading too far, our 343 family will miss his wit, wisdom and effort throughout the years. But Halo Wars 2 and its forthcoming DLC are in the safe hands of Dan’s team, with some wonderful DLC and other surprises still to come. Over the years, Dan has helped us work with amazing studios and partners from literally every corner of the globe. They, like us are going to miss him, and Dan wanted us to express his thanks to both those partners, and to all the Halo fans and community who’ve been the fuel and fire that have ignited his passion and ambition, throughout the years.”
It’s great that Ayoub is staying in Microsoft and pursuing his dreams. Apart from that, a fresh perspective will also give future Halo games a much-needed “new touch”. We can’t wait to see what Ayoub works on in the future and we also can’t wait to see what direction the Halo series takes following his departure.