Microsoft has confirmed the recruitment of top level talent to work on the expanding Halo franchise.
Ryan Payton, formerly of Kojima Productions, Corrinne Yu of Gearbox, Kenneth Scott from id Software, Frank O'Connor of Bungie and David Wu from Pseudo Interactive have all joined Microsoft Game Studios recently.
"Microsoft Game Studios is thrilled to have such talented people working to develop new and exciting projects within the Halo universe and supporting existing projects from studios like Bungie and Ensemble," commented Phil Spencer, head of MGS, in a statement to Gamasutra.
Last month Spencer told GamesIndustry.biz that "there are more than two or three teams building Halo thing right now".
Microsoft Game Studios is also currently recruiting for Spawnpoint Studios, believed to be a new internal development team, although no official confirmation of the outfit has yet been announced.