343 Industries has announced that its studio head, Dan Ayoub, is leaving the company to work on mixed reality projects within Microsoft. In a blog post n its Halo Waypoint site, 343 Industries gave a fond farewell to Ayoub and his help in connecting the studio to developers and partners from "every corner of the globe":
Today we're sad to be saying bon voyage to one of our own, as Dan Ayoub – who's worked on Halo games since Halo: Reach all the way back in 2009, bids us, and the gaming industry, a fond adieu. Dan is set to begin a new adventure within Microsoft in Mixed Reality, where he'll be pursuing one of his passions…the empowerment of education through technology.
Although Dan will be staying in the Microsoft family, and won't be heading too far, our 343 family will miss his wit, wisdom and effort throughout the years. But Halo Wars 2 and its forthcoming DLC are in the safe hands of Dan's team, with some wonderful DLC and other surprises still to come.
Ayoub also announced the news via his Twitter:
— Dan Ayoub 🇨🇦 (@Danayoub) May 12, 2017
All we can say is - thank you Ayoub, for your commitment to everything Halo - and we wish you the best in Mixed Reality (and seeing what comes of it!).