Bungie Replaces Marathon Game Director With Former Valorant Director


Bungie has made a shake up at the top of the Marathon development team, replacing the game’s director according to IGN.

Christopher Barrett, who had been working as Marathon game director, has been removed from his position

Taking over as Marathon game director is Joe Ziegler. Ziegler was the former game director on Valorant before he left Riot Games for Bungie back in 2022.

Ziegler confirmed the move himself on Twitter on Tuesday.

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“Fun update: for the last 9 Months I’ve been working on Marathon as the game director,” he said. “We’re still baking, but I’m excited to share with you more info on the game as we get closer and closer to bringing it to all of you.”

According to IGN’s Rebekah Valentine, a number of changes were made to the team “amid ongoing anxiety within Bungie following layoffs last year.” On top of that, sources told Valentine that Bungie is “pouring resources into getting Marathon out the door.”

Changes to the game’s development have also taken place under Ziegler, per the report. One such change involves players now selecting from a group of characters rather than custom characters.

The game still has no set release date, but will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC when it releases.

Insider Gaming has reached out to Bungie for comments on the change. Should a response be received this story will be updated.

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