The gaming studio behind major games such as Halo and Destiny have announced this evening that they now have a new CEO. Harold Ryan is stepping down and replacing him will be Pete Parsons. Harold Ryan has been with the company as a game tester since Halo: Combat Evolved, he moved up into the studio manager position in 2006. Only two years later he became the CEO and led the company into joining Activision which then led to the creation of Destiny. No official statement has came from Bungie on why Ryan left, but Pete Parsons had this to say, “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. 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.” Parsons originally had a senior marketing position with Microsoft before leaving to join Bungie. Parsons was the Studio Manager from 2002-2006 which as stated above Ryan took over. Parsons was the COO before this so moving into the position should not be too hard for him.
Destiny fans everywhere can only hope that Parsons can fulfill his promise as Bungie has seemed very distant from their fanbase recently. Most are complaining that there is nothing to look forward to right now. The only promises are a major update after February and an event called The Crimson for the week of Valentines Day. Most have came out slamming the studio saying that they expected much more content from The Taken King and that the Crimson event does not seem interesting. Most have begun to look for other games to play until something can be done. We here at Gaming Conviction wish Pete Parsons luck in his new position and Harold Ryan luck in the new endeavors he may pursue.