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Halo Waypoint

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(s) Microsoft
Employees 343 (March 2013)[1]
Parent Microsoft Studios
Website 343 Industries

343 Industries, commonly shortened to 343i, or just 343, is an American video game developer located in Kirkland, Washington. It was established in 2007 by Microsoft Studios to oversee development of the Halo science fiction media franchise, which includes video games, novels, comics, and other multimedia content. Its name derives from 343 Guilty Spark, a character within the Halo universe.



In July 2007, Microsoft filed for the name 343 Industries for its new Halo development studio,[2] after the former Halo studio, Bungie, separated from Microsoft.[3][4] It was named after Halo character 343 Guilty Spark.[3][5][6] Bungie continued making Halo games until Halo: Reach in 2010.[7]


In July 2009, it was announced that 343 Industries was working on a seven-part Halo anime series called Halo Legends.[8] Later that year the studio created Halo Waypoint, a downloadable application that tracks a user's Halo accomplishments.[9] 343I also increased staff for Halo development, recruiting 20 staff from the now defunct Pandemic Studios.[10] 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 first franchise installment on November 15, 2001. On March 31, 2012, 343 Industries gained control of servers and data for previous Halo games from Bungie. The studio finished development of Halo 4 ahead of schedule that September.[1] 343i completed their first official, new Halo installment, Halo 4, released on November 6, 2012, which was confirmed to be the first title of a Halo Reclaimer Trilogy. At E3 2013, Microsoft and 343 announced a currently untitled Halo title for the Xbox One, which will be released in 2014. Shortly after this announcement, the Reclaimer Trilogy was confirmed by Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer to be expanded into a Reclaimer Saga.[11] 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]

Developed Properties

Year Title Platform Notes
2009 Halo Waypoint Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, 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.
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 Fourth installment in the main series.
2013 Halo: Spartan Assault[15] Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One A mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo released in July of 2013. Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
2014 Untitled Halo sequel[16] Xbox One Due for release in 2014, although not called Halo 5 it is the next installment in the Reclaimer Saga, Halo 5 will be released some time after. The game will have a new engine to allow it to run at 60 frames per second and will have dedicated servers for multiplayer.


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