343 Industries

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343 Industries
Subsidiary of Microsoft Studios
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 2007
Headquarters Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Frank O’Connor (franchise director)
Bonnie Ross (general manager)
Products Video games
Owner Microsoft
Parent Microsoft Studios
Website http://www.halowaypoint.com

343 Industries is an American video game developer located in Kirkland, Washington. Named after the Halo character 343 Guilty Spark, the company was established in 2009 by Microsoft Studios to oversee the development of the Halo science fiction media franchise following a split between Microsoft and Bungie in 2007. Halo 4 was the first title released by 343 Industries in which they played a lead development role. Upcoming releases from the company include Halo 5: Guardians for 2015.



In July 2009, Microsoft filed for the name 343 Industries for its new Halo development studio,[1] after the former Halo studio, Bungie, separated from Microsoft.[2][3] It was named after Halo character 343 Guilty Spark.[2][4][5] Bungie continued making Halo games until Halo: Reach in 2010.[6]


In July 2009, it was announced that 343 Industries was working on a seven-part Halo anime series called Halo Legends.[7] Later that year the studio created Halo Waypoint, a downloadable application that tracks a user's Halo accomplishments.[8] 343i also increased staff for Halo development, recruiting 20 staff from the now defunct Pandemic Studios.[9] 343i also developed Halo: Reach '​s second and third map packs, entitled "Defiant" and "Anniversary" respectively, in conjunction with Certain Affinity. The company was responsible for the HD remake of Halo: Combat Evolved, titled Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which was released on November 15, 2011, to celebrate the 10th year since the release of first franchise installment on November 15, 2001.

Following Bungie's departure from Microsoft in 2007, 343 Industries was eventually given complete control of the Halo franchise including servers and data on March 31, 2012. The studio's development of Halo 4, which began in 2009, was completed ahead of schedule the same year in September.[10] It was released on November 6, 2012, as the first title of a new Halo Reclaimer Trilogy which will include at least two more installments over the years. At E3 2013, Microsoft and 343i announced the next "Halo" installment set for release on the Xbox One. Shortly after the announcement, the Reclaimer Trilogy was confirmed by Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer to be expanded into a Reclaimer Saga.[11] The following year at E3 2014, the official title was revealed as "Halo 5: Guardians" along with plans for its release in 2015. Microsoft, in a contract with Mega Bloks, is in conjunction with 343i to manufacture a new line of toys and other memorabilia for the upcoming Halo saga.[12]

List of video games developed by 343 Industries[edit]

Year Title Platform Notes
2011 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary[13] Xbox 360 Remake of Halo: Combat Evolved. It was developed by Saber Interactive with oversight by 343 Industries. Released November 15, 2011 in the United States.
2012 Halo 4[14] Xbox 360 The fourth installment in the main series.
2013 Halo: Spartan Assault[15] Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One The first mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo released in July of 2013. Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection[16] Xbox One A remastered compilation of the first four installments of the main series, complete with their full set of add-on content. Released on November 11, 2014. The compilation was a culmination of work from a multitude of studios while 343 oversaw its overall development.
2015 Halo: Spartan Strike[17] Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows The second mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo originally due for release in December of 2014 later delayed to "early 2015". Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
Halo 5: Guardians[18] Xbox One The fifth installment in the main series. Due for release in 2015.

List of contributions from 343 Industries[edit]

Year Title Platform Notes
2009 Halo Waypoint Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS, Android Initially developed in conjunction with Certain Affinity, the application receives regular updates including statistics, content browsing enhancements, and expanded career progression. These updates are done by 343i internally.
2010 Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Developed by Bungie, 343 Industries was given control of the game and servers in August 2011. 343 and Certain Affinity developed its second and third map packs entitled "Defiant" and "Anniversary", respectively.
2014 Halo Channel Xbox One, Windows, Windows Phone An application for Halo related media and content.


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  11. ^ "Reclaimer Saga". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mega Brands and Microsoft Game Studios Renew Global Licensing Partnership". Electronics Business Journal. June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Halo: Spartan Assault Halo Official Site". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Halo the Master Chief Collection". Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/games-halo-spartan-strike-announcement
  18. ^ "The Halo Journey". Retrieved May 16, 2014. 

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