Bungie president Harold Ryan has departed the company, the studio announced earlier today in a statement on their website. Ryan has held the position for the last sixteen years, and his now-empty role is to be filled by Pete Parsons when he’s promoted to the role of chief executive officer.
The blog post continues by outlining Parsons’ new duties, saying that he’ll be “tasked with leading the talented Bungie team as they continue to develop great Destiny experiences.”
Parsons had his own piece to say in regards to the news, having only good things to say about Ryan’s decade-plus tenure at the company.
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.
He also wastes no time in reassuring Destiny fans that they’re yet to see the best updates Bungie has to offer, suggesting that there’s some big announcements on the horizon.
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.
The post stops short of specifically detailing the reasons for Ryan’s departure, whether he left of his own accord or not, and where he’s heading next, but could the change be related to recent, troubling reports surrounding the lack of content updates since Destiny’s Taken King expansion?
Without the concrete details, little would come of further speculation, so we’ll just have to keep an eye on Bungie‘s movements over the next few months to see if any substantial changes are made to Destiny. Stay tuned.