Joseph Michael Staten is the former head writer/cinematic director at Bungie Studios. He started working at the studio in 1998 and left on September 24, 2013 for Microsoft Studios, where he now works as senior creative director.
A graduate of Nothwestern University's Theater Department, Staten served as the cinematic director and writer for the Halo titles under Bungie's development, developing the missions and cinematics scripts. He also authored two Halo novels, Halo: Contact Harvest and later Halo: Shadow of Intent. Following Bungie's departure from the Halo franchise in 2010, Staten continued working with Bungie as the designer/story-writer for Destiny. He left Bungie on September 24, 2013 to "tackle new creative challenges".
On January 9, 2014, it was announced Staten has joined Microsoft Studios as senior creative director, taking part in the creation and management of Microsoft's intellectual properties and managing the studio's relationship to the game development community. However, he was not directly involved with the development of Halo 5: Guardians. On March 12, 2015, it was announced that Staten would write the Halo digital novella Halo: Shadow of Intent, which was released on December 7, 2015 and was rereleased physically on September 20, 2016 as part of the short story anthology Halo: Fractures. In a June 2015 interview, Frank O'Connor mentioned that Staten "has no official role with Halo" but that he "begged" Staten to write the short story and do the director's commentary for Halo 3: ODST included in the game's Halo: The Master Chief Collection release. Beyond this, however, O'Connor stated that Staten would not be involved with Halo "unless we manage to convince him otherwise".
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- Polygon: Former Bungie bigwig Joe Staten returns to Microsoft
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 397
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- Game Informer: July 2015 Halo 5: Guardians Cover Story
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