343 Industries Founder, Halo Lead Bonnie Ross resigns after 15 years cover image

343 Industries Founder, Halo Lead Bonnie Ross resigns after 15 years

343 Industries lead and founder Bonnie Ross announced her departure from the game development company due to a family medical issue.

Bonnie Ross led 343 Industries in 2007 under Microsoft following Bungie’s split from the corporation. As a result, Ross and 343 Industries accepted the challenging task of carrying the iconic Halo franchise beyond Halo: Reach—Bungie’s last installment. Bonnie Ross and 343 Industries ultimately launched ten Halo titles after taking the reins. 

Today, Ross announced her exit from 343 Industries due to a family medical issue. She spent 15 years with the game development company. The future is unclear as 343 looks to restructure and move forward.

Bonnie Ross resigns as Halo Lead, leaves 343 Industries

Bonnie Ross spent 28 years in the business, helping develop games such as Mass Effect, Gears of War, Crackdown, and Alan Wake before leading 343 Industries. Ross posted an unexpected tweet regarding her future with the company:

“While I had hoped to stay with Halo until we released the Winter Update, I am letting you know I will be leaving 343 and attending to a family medical issue. I am incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief collection, the Halo television series and so much more. It has been an honor to serve alongside the team for the last 15 years and to be a part of the universe I love. Thank you to everyone in the Halo community for your support. Halo’s future is bright. I cannot wait for all of you to experience what we have in store—and to cheer alongside you, as a fan, at the Halo World Championship in October.”

Bonnie Ross announces her departure from 343 Industries

Ross earned the task of leading 343 Industries and the Halo franchise in 2007. It was not easy, and the company experienced a rollercoaster ride.

343 Industries: a tumultuous history in gaming

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343 Industries logo

A veteran of Microsoft and game development, Bonnie Ross, spent the last 15 years entrenched in the Halo franchise as part of 343 Industries. Fans genuinely enjoyed main series entries Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians—both of which scored in the 80s, according to Metacritic

However, the problematic launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection drew criticism. This title combined every Halo game into one bundle, but launch day issues coupled made the game borderline unplayable. Today, the Master Chief Collection is now much more stable. 

343’s most recent launch, Halo Infinite, again scored highly in the eyes of critics and most fans. Regardless, issues arose over time, including no Battle Royale mode, slow-developing Forge mode, and a less-than-desirable ranked match system.

It’s unclear what’s next for 343 Industries from a leadership perspective, considering Bonnie Ross' position. Ideally, Microsoft will appoint a new development team lead soon as Halo Infinite approaches its Winter Update. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, thanked her for contributing to the Xbox legacy and Halo Universe. He’ll undoubtedly be involved in the decision-making process following Ross’ resignation. 

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