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Destiny design director Joseph Staten quits Bungie

Dev assures 2014 shooter is "on track for greatness"

Destiny writer and design director Joseph Staten has announced his resignation from Bungie.

Staten, who's been with the developer for 15 years, said in a statement today that he is to leave the studio to "tackle new creative challenges".

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Here's Staten's full statement:

"After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.

Staten joined bungie in 1998, and directed cinematics and scripts for the Halo series before authoring Halo novel, Halo: Contact Harvest.

Destiny, Bungie's new open-world MMO FPS, is due for release in early 2014 on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can check out the most recent gameplay footage here.

Image via the Destiny Wikia.

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