Joseph Staten, Destiny's writer and design director, is leaving Bungie. According to an announcement posted to Bungie's official site, Staten is "leaving to tackle new creative challenges." For his sake, we hope those challenges don't include real-life hostile aliens.

During Staten's 15-year stay at Bungie, he was both creative lead and writer for the Halo series, and he spent the last four years on Destiny. Destiny, published by Activision, is slated to launch in 2014, and while Staten won't be around to see it ship he noted that he will be cheering on the rest of the development team when it does.

Read Staten's full goodbye note below.

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

This article was originally published on Joystiq.