Former 343i devs respond to Microsoft layoffs: ‘They set Halo up for failure’ (Update)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft recently announced its intention to lay off 10,000 of its employees between now and June 30, 2023.
  • So far, Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has been hit particularly hard by these cuts, and has lost over 60 of its employees.
  • Former 343 Industries developers have voiced scathing criticisms of Microsoft’s leadership and management policies on social media after details about the layoffs came to light.
  • The layoffs come after Microsoft reported $198 billion in 2022 revenue and as it continues its efforts to acquire Activision-Blizzard for $69 billion.

Update 1/21/23 at 10:00 am ET: A thread from known Halo leaker Bathrobe Spartan suggests that 343 Industries is losing one-third of its workforce, or more than 130 employees. Additionally, the rumor says that as a result of this, the studio plans to halt development of singleplayer campaign-style content for Halo Infinite and Halo in general for the foreseeable future.

Bathrobe Spartan concludes that moving forward, 343 Industries will coordinate additional updates for Halo Infinite’s multiplayer while continuing to outsource the game to partner studios like SkyBox Labs, Sperasoft, and Certain Affinity. Supposedly, these layoffs will not affect Halo Infinite’s planned content releases, such as the expected launch of Season 3: Echoes Within on March 7, 2023.

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