Halo's Multiplayer Creative Director Leaves 343 After More Than 11 Years
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Following the recent release of the Halo Infinite Winter Update, longtime 343 Industries employee Tom French has announced his departure from the team.

In a brief message on social media, French said he was stepping out of his Spartan armour to go on "new adventures". He added how it had been a "massive honor" to be part of Halo's journey over the years and was truly proud of his time at 343.

Tom French @pardontomfrench - "After over 11 1/2 years on Halo, I step out of my Spartan armor for the last time today to head off to new adventures. It's been a massive honor to have been part of a game I loved so much as a player and admired so much as a developer. I couldn't be more proud of my time at 343."

According to his LinkedIn profile, French started out his career in video games as a scripter at Interplay and programmer at Black Isle Studios in the late '90s. He then moved onto Pandemic Studios in 2004 and joined Xbox Game Studios Publishing as a design director in 2010. In 2011 he moved across to 343 as a senior mission designer and became Halo's multiplayer creative director in 2016.

A number of team members have also wished him well on social media - including Halo's head of creative, Joe Staten:

@joestaten - "Once a Spartan, always a Spartan. Thanks for all you’ve done for Halo, Tom. Can’t wait to see what you do next!"

Michael Schorr, Forge Lead Designer at 343, @MichaelSchorr - "It's been such a pleasure collaborating with you on both Halo Infinite MP and Forge, a career highlight for sure! I'm going to miss so many things about that! Thank you for everything you've done!"

Tashi, Halo Esports and Viewership Lead at Microsoft/ 343 - @Tashi343i - "Thank you for all that you've done Tom!"

John Junyszek, Senior Community Manager at 343 @Unyshek - "Thank you for everything, Tom. I'm going to miss our regular chats, but am happy to know I'll still see you at soccer. I truly can't wait to see what you do next! also, I always loved this photo from SXSW"

French's exit follows a few other high-profile departures from 343 this year - including Bonnie Ross, the Head of Halo, in September. There have been some bumps along the way as well such as the cancellation of Halo Infinite's local campaign co-op.

On behalf of the community and team here at Pure Xbox, we wish Tom all the best in his new adventures.