Microsoft hires ex-Pandemic members for new Halo game

November 21, 2010

Microsoft hires ex-Pandemic members for new Halo game It may have been over a year ago since Pandemic Studios was disbanded, but some of the team members have gone on to bigger things. The newly formed Microsoft studio, 343 Industries have taken on a good number of former Pandemic members for its next project.

343 Industries was created by Microsoft to take over Bungie’s work with the Halo franchise. The studio has been ramping up its staff working on the next unannounced Halo title.

In a recent tweet by Scott Warner, 343 Industries game designer, he reveals that the studio has hired around 20 ex-Pandemic Studios members.

He writes:

… although the Pandemic layoffs of exactly one year ago did allow us to pick up close to 20 very talented developers.

Warner himself is also a former Pandemic Studios member with both Mercenaries game under his belt. Despite all of the technical criticisms Mercenaries 2 received, the game definitely had the fun factor down.

I would like to think that the infusion of new blood at 343 Industries will contribute in making the next Halo game even better.

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3 Responses to “Microsoft hires ex-Pandemic members for new Halo game”

  1. The Future of Sega:

    What Halo needs is a rendition of true space combat. The first game was intriguing with covenant forces and other space villains invading the Halo ring. It would be nice if the next Halo game involved all out combat on the Hovercraft in space!

    The series needs to re-shift back to Master Chief being the lead character. After Halo 2 Bungee ruined the Halo legacy…it was all cheese and cows after that.

    Halo 5 should begin with a new convenant force traveling from a portal in space aiming to destroy Earth. Half of the planet will be in ruins given the invasion of the Brutes, Jackals, and the lead prophets of the convenant.

    I like how the convenant prophets were introduced in halo 2, that was a great concept! But the fuckbags of Halo 3/ODST/Reach made it seem like it never happened. hmmph…

    Anyways chances are I won’t be purchasing another Halo game unless I’m a lead director for the game. The past 3 Halo games have been atrocious! Haven’t Bungee/Microsoft ever heard of the saying “If the record isn’t broke then don;t try to fix it!!!”???

    I’m speaking in regards to Halo: Combat Evolved. The series should have followed it that format but oh well…I don’t give a damn.

  2. The Future of Sega:

    Christ, am I the only Blorge member that comments here on the weekends!!? Come on people TALK!

  3. phranctoast:

    I liked Mercenaries 2.
    I didn’t finish it as I got caught up with other games, but it was a well rounded fun experience.

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