Halo Infinite has seen a fair number of creatives leaving developer 343 Industries for new opportunities, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed he isn’t concerned about those departures.
In a GameSpot interview, the Xbox boss revealed that he believes the developer turnover on the upcoming Halo game is “a healthy thing” for the game’s final stretch of development.
“I don’t have any specific concern about 343,” Spencer told GameSpot. “I actually think in the long run, turnover is a healthy thing because we want people who are really motivated by the things that they’re working on.”
Following the game’s reveal in July at the Xbox Games Showcase, developers have left the project and others have joined. Creative director Chris Lee left the company after 12 years and Halo veteran Joseph Staten returned to the series to help finish development.
Spencer believes that the nature of this news being revealed after the game’s indefinite delay eschewed the reality of Halo Infinite’s development.
“Sometimes what hits the press, or when certain things get announced internally, have actually happened months before,” Spencer explained. “It’s not always accurate when these things line up – we did take the feedback coming out of the July showcase event seriously, both on the date and what people were expecting from the game. It was a miss on our part, on my part, to open our July showcase with Halo Infinite and then a couple of weeks later have to move the date.”
Spencer concluded that he disbelief feels “good about where we are on that team”. Hopefully we’ll see more of Halo Infinite sometime soon.