343 Industries continues to lose experienced talent. Nicolas Bouvier, who worked at Halo franchise for nearly 14 years, announced its decision to leave the studio and pursue new opportunities.
Source: Bouvier’s ArtStation
Nicolas Bouvier shared the news on Twitter, wishing all the best to his colleagues. “It’s been a hell of a ride, I loved every minute,” he said.
Bouvier joined 343 Industries in 2008, as lead artist on Halo 4 and artistic director on Halo 5: Guardians and Infinite Halo. Before that, he worked at id Software, Ubisoft and other top game companies. Bouvier has contributed to titles like Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Assassin’s Creedand Scared.
All good things come to an end. After nearly 14 years on HALO, I decided to pursue other opportunities outside of Microsoft and 343 Industries. It was one hell of a ride, I loved every minute. Wishing 343 all the best, you are and always will be amazing. pic.twitter.com/6mmQtvLTW7
— sparth (@nbsparth) July 18, 2022
Of the 343 Industries websitethe artist called Ultima 3: Exodus his favorite video game of all time. He also said that Halo and sci-fi shooters in general will always have a future because “they express a need for the unknown: as yet uninvented technologies, as well as a window into events that could potentially happen one day.”
This follows a few other high-profile departures at 343 Industries. In May, Infinite Halo Jerry Hook design lead left the workshop. The studio also lost Infinite Halo Lead Writer Aaron Linde and Lead Multiplayer Designer Andrew Witts earlier this year.