Industry veteran Pierre Hintze is 343's new Studio Head
Image: Industry veteran Pierre Hintze is 343's new Studio Head (Xbox, Microsoft)

Yesterday, the Xbox and Halo community got some "shock news" - with Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross announcing she would be leaving the studio (as well as Microsoft) due to a family medical issue.

In case you missed it, her replacement will be Head of Production Pierre Hintze. Hintze is an industry veteran and has been working on Halo - including Halo Infinite and the Master Chief Collection - since joining 343 in 2018.

You can read more about Hintze's history with games and his time within the video game industry in 343's extensive spotlight dating back to the same year: Employee Spotlight: Pierre Hintze.

Hintze is part of a studio restructure (via Windows Central) - with Microsoft announcing he'll be joined by Bryan Koski as general manager of the Halo franchise and Elizabeth Van Wyck who will run business operations. Windows Central notes how this essentially splits Ross' role into three parts to better serve the franchise.

You can learn more about Ross' sudden departure in our original story:

If we hear any further developments, we'll let you know.