343 Industries studio head Dan Ayoub has left the studio and the Halo franchise behind to join Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team.
Announcing the news on the Halo Waypoint blog, 343i confirmed Ayoub’s departure, with news of Halo Wars 2’s continued DLC release to be handled by his team. Ayoub will now be working on the ‘the empowerment of education through techonology’ according to the post.
"Although Dan will be staying in the Microsoft family, and won’t be heading too far, our 343 family will miss his wit, wisdom and effort throughout the years," said Halo Waypoint’s ske7ch, writing on thier website. "Over the years, Dan has helped us work with amazing studios and partners from literally every corner of the globe. They, like us are going to miss him, and Dan wanted us to express his thanks to both those partners, and to all the Halo fans and community who’ve been the fuel and fire that have ignited his passion and ambition, throughout the years."
Ayoub joined the company in 2009 working on Halo: Reach and has been with the company and the franchise since. He previous worked as a producer for EA and Ubisoft.