It's been a rough week for Halo developer 343 Industries, with reports suggesting that the studio had been hit particularly hard by the recent layoffs at Microsoft, and speculation that Halo might even be passed to another team outside of 343i in the future.
Well, that's not going to happen. Today, 343 Industries Studio Head Pierre Hintze confirmed that the developer will continue to work on Halo "now and in the future", promising much more to come from the franchise.
"Halo and Master Chief are here to stay."
"343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great."
Although we don't know the full extent of the layoffs, it sounds like there's been quite a sizable restructure inside of 343 Industries, with various ex-employees taking to social media to reveal they'd lost their jobs earlier this week.
Halo Infinite's Head of Creative, Joe Staten, is also reportedly leaving the studio to return to Xbox Publishing, although Joe says his current focus is to "help people who lost their jobs find great new ones".