Joseph Staten, design director and writer for Destiny at Bungie, has left the team, but not without a few parting words.

The announcement was posted to the official Bungie site and features a few words from Staten himself, thanking his team and Bungie fans.

Here is his farewell message:

Dear community friends,

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. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.
Per Audacia Ad Astra!
Joseph Staten
During his time at Bungie, Staten worked on the cinematics for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3. He also wrote the novel, Halo: Contact Harvest, worked on the fiction for Halo Wars, the postponed Halo movie and Halo 3: ODST.
His last roles at Bungie was as writer and design director for Destiny, which is set to drop on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014.