Bungie has announced that Studio President Harold Ryan has stepped down, and that a new CEO has been named.
Harold Ryan’s sixteen year tenure at Bungie has come to a close. The man has been with the studio for a very long time, since before the original Halo. Well, his story has come to an end. As Ryan steps down, Bungie’s Board of Directors have appointed Pete Parsons to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Parsons will now oversee all studio functions, including the development of the expected Destiny sequel.
“I want to personally thank Harold for his friendship, passion, hard work, and dedication in helping make Bungie the great company it is today. As a team, we celebrated many victories and weathered many storms,” Peter Parsons said in a statement.
“To the players of Destiny, I want you to know that my number one priority, and Bungie’s, is and always has been to deliver great games that we can all share together. I believe that Destiny is a one-of-a-kind experience. I also believe you have yet to see our studio’s best work. My new role here at the studio will be entirely focused on fulfilling that promise.”
Harold Ryan did not release a comment about his departure. Ryan’s departure comes at an apparent tumultuous time for Bungie and Destiny. According to a Kotaku report, Bungie is facing numerous hurdles that have caused them to delay a Destiny sequel internally. This is all rumor and speculation, but the lack of quality content releasing for Destiny Year Two is alarming. Meanwhile, Bungie has been working to appease remaining players. A few days ago they updated Destiny’s matchmaking algorithm to remove skill-based matchmaking, something that was causing a ton of lag for numerous players.