Destiny creative director and lead writer Joe Staten has left Bungie.

In a statement on the Bungie website, Staten said he was looking for new challenges.

“After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not.

“It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year.”

Staten joined Bungie in 1998 after meeting staff playing multiplayer games of real-time strategy game Myth.

Staten also spent time in New Zealand working with Peter Jackson on the now-indefinitely-postponed Halo film.