Halo Infinite narrative lead leaves to join Riot Games

Aaron Linde, the narrative lead on Halo Infinite has left 343 Industries to “pursue a new opportunity” at Riot Games.

In the wake of the success of Halo Infinite, the last thing I expected from someone who’s been working on Halo Infinite’s campaign (“And presumably any story extensions that may or may not release in the coming years” – Ed.) is to “jump ship.”

Apparently not. In a series of Tweets, Linde goes on to speak his mind, stating it was “a terrifically difficult decision” to leave 343, saying that “Halo Infinite will remain one of the proudest achievements of my career for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.”

Linde went on to thank his colleagues in a follow-up tweet as well as making this kick-ass Neon Genesis Evangelion custom outro he made that also reveals his new posting at Riot Game’s R&D department.

At 343 Industries, Linde’s work as narrative lead on Halo Infinite tasked him with work on cutscenes, story missions and as well as the overworld dialogue. Yes, that also includes the crazy things that the Grunts say. He also wrote some hilarious stuff on Battleborn, the ill-fated team shooter from Gearbox Software that was released back in 2016.

I look forward to seeing what he does now that he’ll be running with Riot Games. Possibly Yordle Grunts in the future? Who knows, the life of a developer can move pretty fast. When Battlefield 2042 shipped, DICE’s head of design also left shortly afterwards. In the immortal words of Master Chief himself, “The missions change, they always do.”