Halo Co-Creator Mark Lehto has said much about his next career move; however, he firmly believes some fans will support it and others won’t.
While Halo Co-Creator Mark Lehto hasn’t shared specifics about the next phase of his career, he thinks the eventual news will prove rather divisive. Evidenced by his integral role in the creation of Halo, Lehto’s career in the gaming industry dates back well over 20 years. 1997’s Myth: The Fallen Lords marked the first project he helped ship at Bungie. The artist went on to serve as Art Director on Halo: Combat Evolved, which launched on the original Xbox in November 2001.
After Combat Evolved seminal release, Lehto stuck with Bungie for another 13 years, further aiding in the expansion of the Halo IP across several more projects, including Halo 2, Halo 3, Reach, and The Master Chief Collection. In 2012, he exited the Bellevue, Washington-based studio to found a team of his own, V1 Interactive. Lehto and the crew at V1 Interactive spent years working on Disintegration, an inventive first-person shooter whose unique premise carried plenty of praise. Plagued by the inelegant implementation of gameplay and story, Disintegration struggled to move the needle on the market, ultimately culminating in its multiplayer going offline within three months of release.
V1 Interactive shut its doors earlier this year, thus leaving its President and Creative Director Mark Lehto‘s future unclear. The Halo Co-Creator knows where his journey will take him next but has yet to share as much publicly. A new Twitter post from the developer has fans talking, though. In a recent Tweet, Lehto told followers, “[I’m] making some pretty big decisions with my career this week.” Some will support his next endeavor; others won’t like it, he added. Still, Lehto hopes fans can join him as he embarks on this new journey nonetheless.
Making some pretty big decisions with my career this week. Some of you will support it, some will not. I just ask that you all join me on this next leg of journey. It’s going to be big!
— Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) September 22, 2021
Since Lehto hasn’t so much as offered a clue, there’s no telling what may rest on the horizon for him. Maybe he’ll soon join a Sony-owned team or establish another independent developer? Perhaps Lehto plans on departing the industry as a whole and exploring his creativity in a different medium of entertainment? When we’ll know for certain constitutes but another mystery.
This year marks a big one for Halo since 2021 is 20th anniversary of the iconic franchise’s first release. Players will soon get to celebrate on their own terms with the launch of Halo Infinite from 343 Industries. The long-awaited shooter hits PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on December 8.
Source: Mark Lehto/Twitter
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