Frank O'Connor joins the list of recent members to leave Microsoft and the Halo franchise. An official announcement from Microsoft via Axios confirms the Halo franchise creative director is no longer with the company after spending nearly 20 years with the team.
Axios' Stephen Totilo posted Microsoft's response. "We thank Frank for his numerous contributions to the Halo franchise and wish him well going forward."
The announcement comes after speculation and rumors the game developer left the company last week, at least according to his official LinkedIn profile. His page says he stopped working for Microsoft in April of this year. The page was recently updated to show that O'Connor now works as the franchise creative director for an undisclosed company. Another interesting facet is it appears he's worked at this new business since March, one month prior to leaving Microsoft.
O'Connor started his career with Bungie as a writer and community manager. After several years as a writer, he became the franchise creative director of the entire Halo series including the most recent game Halo Infinite. He also authored the digital story Halo: Saint's Testimony and acted as executive producer on the Halo television series.
His departure comes after it was announced Joseph Staten, the head of creative for Halo, left the company as well. Both were veterans of the franchise and it'll be interesting to see what comes next from both of them.
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