Another day, another industry shake-up. This time, it involves the studio head (well, former now) of 343 Industries. Dan Ayoub, who has been working on the Halo franchise since Reach, has punched his last Warthog upright.
In fact, he’s pretty much done with the business of making games entirely. That said, his new gig could be considered gaming… adjacent. As it turns out, Ayoub will remain under the employ of Microsoft, but he’ll now be working on the company’s Mixed Reality team. His focus will be on the “empowerment of education through technology,” which is a personal passion of his.
Ayoub’s team at 343 has been busy as of late working on upcoming DLC for Halo Wars 2. Now that he’s leaving, they’ve offered assurances that the task remains in safe hands. They then reflected on his time with the company.
Over the years, Dan has helped us work with amazing studios and partners from literally every corner of the globe. They, like us are going to miss him, and Dan wanted us to express his thanks to both those partners, and to all the Halo fans and community who’ve been the fuel and fire that have ignited his passion and ambition, throughout the years.
Ayoub spent some time as a senior producer over at EA before working with Microsoft at 343. Somewhere in the middle, he also served as a game director for Propaganda Games and even spent a year at Ubisoft as an executive producer.
Having been in the gaming industry for so long, it’ll be interesting to see what Ayoub can bring to the table for MR experiences. Education is a particularly interesting area that the gaming industry might not think about when they talk about MR and VR applications.