Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has stated that Microsoft is still devoted to the Halo series and its creator 343 Industries.
Spencer’s remarks follow reports that 343 was “hard affected” by Microsoft’s recently announced company-wide layoffs. The number of personnel let go by Microsoft at the studio is unknown, but Halo Infinite’s campaign team faced major losses, according to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
According to Spencer, the layoffs were part of Microsoft’s effort to better position 343 for the future.
Spencer, though, refused to address the franchise’s future beyond the broad strokes he supplied. He did, however, reassure Halo fans who were concerned about the Master Chief’s future. “I think that we’ll continue to maintain and grow Halo for as long as the Xbox is a playable platform.”