Aaron Linde, former lead narrative designer for Halo Infinite, has announced his departure from 343 Industries to begin working with Riot Games.
Linde originally announced his parting from the studio on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. In a short Twitter thread published to his Twitter profile, Linde explained he was leaving 343 to "pursue a new opportunity in 2022."
"It was a terrifically difficult decision; 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." He wrote.
He went on to thank his colleagues for their work, voice actors for "elevating our work in every single line delivery," and players for their loyalty on the game's "wild-a** journey."
Halo Infinite Narrative Lead Leaves 343 for Riot
Later, Linde announced he had officially accepted a position with Riot Games' Research and Development department.
In a tweet published on Monday, Jan. 3, Linde posted a short anime-episode-recap-style video clip announcing the decision. In the clip, titled "NEXT TIME ON AARON LINDE," he wrote that he was "really (really) excited" about the announcement, eventually letting viewers know the next time he published an update it would be as part of the Riot R&D team.
For those unaware, Research and Development deals with the initial stages of production at Riot Games. The department is varied and staffed with developers from multiple disciplines in order to create a strong foundation for new projects. It's likely that Linde will begin working with Riot's next release in its founding stages, operating in his same narrative role.