Halo 4 Creative Director Leaves, Forms New Studio

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Ryan Payton, former videogame magazine freelance journalist and the creative director behind the upcoming Halo 4, has left the project over creative differences, according to an interview with Kotaku. Before his post at 343 Industries, the Microsoft in-house development team behind Halo 4, Payton worked as assistant producer at Kojima Productions in Tokyo, where he worked on Metal Gear Solid 4, updating the controls and adjusting the game and story for wider reception internationally.

Payton explained his departure by saying, “The Halo I wanted to build was fundamentally different and I don’t think I had built enough credibility to see such a crazy endeavor through.”

Payton has already started his own studio, Camouflaj, where he is working on two titles.

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