Nicolas Bouvier, longtime art director of Halo, known as Sparth Online, is leaving developer 343 Industries and the Microsoft bubble as a whole after 14 years with the FPS icon.
Bouvier announced his departure this week. “All good things come to an end,” he said on Twitter (opens in a new tab). “After nearly 14 years on Halo, I’ve decided to pursue other opportunities outside of Microsoft and 343 Industries. It’s been one hell of a journey, I’ve loved every minute of it. Wishing 343 all the best, you are and always will be amazing.”
Bouvier hasn’t hinted at where these other opportunities will take him, but we can reasonably assume he’ll take on another artistic role in his new home. As an employee of 343 Industries in 2018 profile (opens in a new tab) shows, he jokes that he was only good at drawing as a child and was therefore stuck in art from the age of five, only to study at ENSAD in Paris. (National School of Decorative Arts).
After joining 343 Industries in 2008, Bouvier worked on concept art for Halo 4 – described by 343 as a “mixture of dizzying, imaginative vistas and a loose, almost impressionistic style of painting” – and served as art director. on Halo 5: Guardians. He was most recently Art Director of Halo Infinite and has also contributed covers and artwork to several Halo novel and comic book adaptations.
While Halo Infinite’s multiplayer component is still evolving, its world and campaign – which were Bouvier’s priority – are essentially complete. All we expect at this point is a full co-op campaign, who got his first gameplay footage following its recent beta launch.
Halo Infinite is getting a prequel novel next month.