Comparing Halo Game Credits

Since back before Reach came out, there have been countless threads on forums debating just how many people working on Halo 4 worked on the previous Halo games, and how important were they? One way or another, those threads often came down to someone saying “Well, there’s no way to really know right now, but when the game comes out, you can compare the Halo 4 credits to the previous game credits and see”.

Now that Halo 4 is actually out, I decided to do exactly that. I looked at all past Halo games (except for Halo Wars and the PC ports) to see who in the Halo 4 credits was also credited in one or more previous Halo games. Here’s what I came up with. If there are any errors here, be sure to let me know:

FULL-TIME BUNGIE EMPLOYEES WHO BECAME FULL-TIME 343 EMPLOYEES FOR HALO 4 (7 people)
Chad Armstrong (Former Bungie Playlist Designer, Multiplayer Designer on Reach, Designer on Halo 4. No longer at 343, now at Crystal Dynamics)
Frank O’Connor (Former Bungie Content Manager. Bungie Webmaster on Halo 2, Managing Editor of the Writing Team on Halo 3, Franchise Development Director for 343)
Glenn Israel (Concept Artist on ODST and Reach, Concept Artist on Halo 4)
Greg Snook (Engineering on Halo 2, Campaign Engineer on Halo 3, Lead Animation Engineer on Halo 4)
Jason Major (“Draft Dodger” in Halo CE credits, Engineering on Halo 2, Additional Engineering on Halo 4)
Nathan Walpole (Senior Animator on Halo 2, Animator on Halo 3, Senior Animator on Halo 4. No longer at 343)
Vic Deleon (Environment Artist on Halo 2, 3, ODST and Reach. Mission Art Lead on Halo 4)

BUNGIE CONTRACTORS WHO BECAME FULL-TIME 343 EMPLOYEES FOR HALO 4 (6 people)
Carlos Naranjo (Art Production in Halo 4)
Dan Callan (Contract Tester for Halo 3 and Reach, Mission Designer for Halo 4)
Donnie Taylor (Contract 3D Artist for Reach, Structure Art Lead for Halo 4)
Joel Gifford (Contract Tester for Reach, Tester for Halo 4)
Thomas Coldwell (Contract Tester for Reach, Tester for Halo 4)
Will Christiansen (Contract Animator for Reach, Gameplay Animator for Halo 4)

BUNGIE CONTRACTORS WHO BECAME 343 CONTRACTORS FOR HALO 4 (5 people)
Dan Phillips (Contract 3D Artist for Reach, Contract Environment Artist for Halo 4)
Jesse Hall (Contract 3D Artist on Reach, Contract Environment Artist for Halo 4)
Kevin Dalziel (Contract 3D Artist on ODST, Contract Lighting Artist on Reach, Contract Lighting Artist on Halo 4)
Lionel Ward (Contract Tester on ODST and Reach, Contract Infinity Designer on Halo 4)
Tadd Foote (Contract Animator on Reach, Contract Gameplay Animator on Halo 4)

FULL-TIME BUNGIE EMPLOYEES WHO BECAME CERTAIN AFFINITY EMPLOYEES (3 people)
Max Hoberman (User Interface Lead on Halo CE, Multiplayer and User Interface Lead on Halo 2, Special Thanks Halo 3. Certain Affinity Creative Director)
Stefan Sinclair
Paul Russel

BUNGIE CONTRACTORS WHO BECAME CERTAIN AFFINITY EMPLOYEES (1 person)
Dan Mod

BUNGIE CONTRACTORS WHO BECAME MICROSOFT CENTRAL MEDIA EMPLOYEES (1 person)
Mark Yeend

MICROSOFT GAME STUDIOS/XBOX EMPLOYEES AT 343 (22 people)
(note: includes 343 employees who were credited as being MGS staff in the credits of ODST and/or Reach)
Adrian Brown
Alex Cutting
Bonnie Ross (Studio Head - 343 Industries)
Chris Lee (Lead Producer - Halo 4)
Chris Shaules
Dan Ayoub
Dennis Ries
Desmond Murray
Eric Helbig
Eric Schuh
Gareth Lough
Garrett Bemis
Greg Hermann
Jacob Benton
Jeremy Patenaude
Joe Waters
Josh Holmes (Creative Director - 343 Industries)
Kevin Grace
Mikey Wetzel
Peter Kugler
Rachelle Bilbruck
Steve Allison

PEOPLE WHO WERE CREDITED AS BEING AT MICROSOFT GAME STUDIOS/XBOX FOR PAST GAMES AND HALO 4 (26 people)
Asako Kido
Ben Cammarano
Bryan Koski
Carla Woo
Corrinne Robinson
David Figatner
Don Mattrick (President, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business)
Eric Neustadter
Go Komatsu
Ian Walsh
Jason Mangold
Jason Shirley
Jimmy Bischoff
Keith Steury
Kevin Salcedo
Michael Ivory
Noah Musler
Phil Spencer (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business)
Randy Pagulayan
Rick Lockyear
Ryan James
Scott Dell’Osso
Shane Hartley
Taylor Smith
Tomoko Kometani
Young Hoon Shim

OTHER (3 people)
Martin O’Donnell (credited for previous music)
Michael Salvatori (credited for previous music)
Burnie Burns (from Machinima.com)

I salute you for your work on this

It didn’t actually take that much work. I just grabbed the Halo CE to Reach credit lists from Halopedia, got the Halo 4 credits from the Microsoft Game Studios site (since the Halopedia version of the Halo 4 credits doesn’t quite look complete. For example, I noticed people like Nathan Walpole and Chad Armstrong were missing). Then all I did was clean the lists up a bit and cross-reference them in Excel.

poor chad… frankie wouldnt let him be in charge of the forums so he left lol