According to Staten's LinkedIn profile, his new role at Microsoft Studios will be as Senior Creative Director.
In a statement to Joystiq, Microsoft noted that Staten's role will be to shape the "franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles." The publisher also clarified that Staten "is not working directly on the next Halo title." The Halo franchise is continuing in a new direction with developer 343 Industries at the helm.
"We're thrilled to welcome Joseph back to the Microsoft Studios family. Over the past 15 years at Bungie, Joseph has been a key creative force behind some of gaming's most iconic and celebrated franchises, including Myth II, ONI and virtually every "Halo" game leading up to Halo: Reach." Microsoft's prepared statement said. "As a senior creative director, Joseph will help create the world's best entertainment on Xbox."