For those that don’t know, Staten was the lead writer on the original trilogy and was the director of cinematics at Bungie. He left Microsoft Game Studios alongside Bungie to focus on Destiny for a while and then left to return to MGS and work in various writing roles for all sorts of MGS titles. Hard to think of anyone better suited for the job.
Now we need to get Marty back on board. He said in interviews he wanted to work on Halo again and iirc Marty and Joe are pals.
Honestly it is hard to say how rough shape it is/was in since everyone focuses on the visuals when thinking about it. To me, everything except the visuals looked fantastic (except I don’t like having a world map and the cross hair should be lowered).
They need to make moves like this either way though. Been wanting to get State/Marty/Griesemer back on Halo for yrs.
My E3 fantasy (prior to COVID) was that they’d introduce Halo Infinite campaign by pulling a curtain back to have Marty conducting an orchestra and then spotlight Joe holding the controller for the playthrough. Not afraid to admit it. >.>