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Report: 343 Industries taken off Halo development, will oversee series

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343 Industries' time with the Halo franchise may be at an end. In the wake of layoffs as part of larger cuts at Microsoft, it's being reported by Halo leaker Bathrobe Spartan (and translated by Metro) that the developer will no longer create games for Xbox's sci-fi franchise.Bathrobe Spartan's report alleges that going forward, third-party developers will create games for the series, while 343 will operate as franchise overseer.

It's also been reported that single-player DLC that was planned for Halo Infinite has been canceled. The Halo franchise is no stranger to different developers taking the reigns (see Ensemble Studios and Certain Affinity).

But if the claims are true, this would be a significant shakeup for the series and the talent involved. 343 first took the Halo reigns from original developer Bungie beginning in 2011 with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

Halo 4 released the following year, and the developer has largely handled mainline installments such as 2015's Halo 5: Guardians and 2021's Halo Infinite.

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