Bonnie Ross, Founder and Head of Halo Developer 343 Industries, Announces Her Departure

Bonnie Ross, Founder and Head of Halo Developer 343 Industries, Announces Her Departure

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Richard Walker

Bonnie Ross, the founder and head of Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries, has announced that she's departing the studio and Microsoft, where she serves in the role of Corporate Vice President.

Ross leaves her post after fifteen years with 343, establishing the studio to take over work on Halo, after Bungie left the series behind following the release of Halo 3 in 2007. “While I had hoped to stay with Halo until we released the Winter Update, I am letting you know I will be leaving 343 and attending a family medical issue,” Ross announced in a statement on Twitter.

"I am incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series and so much more," she added. "It has been an honour to serve alongside the team for the last 15 years and to be a part of a universe that I love."

Taking over from Ross as studio head at 343 will be Production Lead Pierre Hinze, with Bryan Koski to step into the new leadership role of Franchise General Manager, and Elizabeth Van Wyck appointed Head of Business and Operations.

We wish Ross all the best. Meanwhile, Halo Infinite's Winter Update is slated for 8th November, with Campaign Co-Op, Mission Replay, a new 30-tier Battle Pass, and a Forge Beta.

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  • Good news to be honest
  • 343 is terrible and not sure if they know they are doomed if they stay there or they are getting to boot slowly. Either way 343 should not be handling Halo anymore. Xbox's flagship game franchise is currently in the category or "joke game" with its last entry with how badly and slowly they are developing a so called AAA game with lots of support.
  • She was so good they had to promote 3 ppl to fill in lol Wonder if her paycheck reflected that;-)
  • Long time coming tbh. Though I don’t wish any ill on her family, of course. Hope everything works out there. But it seems a positive that she’s finally stepping away.
    Pierre Hinze, I believe, was the main person behind the resurgence of MCC so here’s some hopeful news for the future of Infinite. Though I still think Frankie and Kiki need to go as well
  • Hold up guys. Is this thee Bonnie Ross??

    AIAS 2019 Hall of Fame inductee for all her work making Halo the phenomenon it had grown into up to that point???

    Kidding. Tell me again WTF she did to be given an award for games she didn't even work on. Or what her influence was with the current foul ups?. Yeah, thanks Bonnie.
  • Given her time at Microsoft caused Halo to undergo a slow painful death, is it wise for her to spend more time with a sick relative?
  • Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for 343.
  • Given the clearly stated reasons for her leaving, every single comment in this thread is in pretty poor taste.

    You don't have to like Bonnie, 343 or even Halo but there are plenty of articles and opportunities to express that which aren't attached to someone having a major medical crisis in their family.

    Poor show.
  • @8 I've seen people wish death upon some industry people's kids on this site before, this is comparative light. lol
  • @#8

    Mate I barely give a fuck about my own life, why would I care about some random person and their sick cousin or some shit. Take your virtue signaling elsewhere.
  • People are actually buying that family medical thing? When someone is booted from an organization, the cliche reasons are "pursue other opportunities" or "spend more time with family" and it's always someone running out the door with a cloud over their head, never someone going out on top. Exiting both companies effective immediately is all we need to know. Family medical leave exists and if she were really valued, Microsoft would allow her as much time off as she wanted while still keeping her job. In fact Microsoft would score big PR points for it.
  • "Ross leaves her post after fifteen years with 343, establishing the studio to take over work on Halo, after Bungie left the series behind following the release of Halo 3 in 2007."

    That's not what happened. Bungie continued to work on ODST and Reach as an LLC, just not owned by Microsoft, until 2011. 343i was founded alongside and made Waypoint and additional content until they started work on Halo 4 and CE Remastered in 2009.
  • I wonder how David Berger's departure is going to be spun?
    "By complete coincidence to Bonnie Ross and totally unconnected to the recent flurry of disappointing Halo announcements, another 343i high level veteran has decided to pursue other opportunities."
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