343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross has done a hell of a lot of work on Microsoft’s biggest IP, Halo. As the Head of 343 Industries, Ross has seen the franchise expand into a multimedia IP and overseen its revival. Now, Ross is finally getting recognition for her hard work.
Announced last night, Ross will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The award will be presented to Ross on February 13th, 2019 – during the 22nd Annual D.I.C.E Awards. The award will be presented by none other than Head of Gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer.
“It’s been a privilege to work alongside Bonnie for more than two decades, and I have continually been impressed not only by her passion for merging art and storytelling, but also her equal passion for creating teams and technical breakthroughs; solid foundations that will set the direction of Halo and Xbox for years to come,” said Spencer. “Bonnie’s tenure at Microsoft is more than just a model for aspiring game makers, it’s a proof of concept that bringing together talented and diverse voices around a shared, passionate vision, can unleash worlds, wonders, and legends that define entertainment for generations.”
Bonnie Ross entered the games industry way back in 1994, years before the creation of Xbox. Over the years, Ross has helped publish some of Microsoft’s biggest games. Gears of War, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and everyone’s favourite party game Fuzion Frenzy.
As the creator of 343, Ross’ work on Halo is a huge accomplishment. It’s thanks to her that we’ve gotten so many great games in the series after Bungie’s departure. She’s the reason that Halo is finally getting the TV series it deserves. Without Ross, we might not have the strong first-party franchise we have today.