For the past several months, I took some time away from my good friends at Bungie to take a long deep breath, be with my family and explore a number of new game ideas on my own.

The game ideas ventured from small mobile apps to massive console titles, with mechanics from simple to moderately complex. (note – I do not enjoy very complex games made just for gamers since they are generally too exclusive and defeat a vision that I have of making interactive entertainment more approachable to a broader audience. But, this never means building anything for the lowest common denominator!)

This time I took was astonishingly more valuable to me than I had ever dreamt. I took for granted that I would relax, take better care of my health, unwind and let the creative energy start building again. I also knew this would be a great time to be closer to family. But, what I did not anticipate was how important to my children this time would be for them. Being home to take them to school, go to their afternoon soccer games, pick them up and take them to music lessons, help them with homework after school. Simply put, I was able to be 100% present in their lives. It’s something that they both recognized and made mention of to my wife, who I have also been able to appreciate on all new levels as I witness day to day life at home. They wanted me to know how important it was to them that I was here rather than at work all day long. My kids are only a handful of years away from completing high school and moving on to college. I know that time will pass swiftly.

During this time, I kept in contact with my friends at Bungie to discuss some possible opportunities that didn’t exist prior to my leaving. It was sad to leave behind a company that I helped create, but I was ready to make a change and start something new. Well, my discussions continued to develop with Bungie and soon we had a plan together that made a ton of sense. Why slave over the difficulties of building a studio from scratch when I could start something new, working on a brand new IP right within Bungie itself?

So, it is with great care that I will be venturing back to Bungie on Monday. I will be teaming up with my longtime colleague, Joe Tung, to start the construction of a brand new team and project. We will be a lean and mean organization for a while until our first game pitch is ready, and then grow from there.

The importance of my family will always remain paramount in whatever I do. It will be no different with my return to Bungie. But, this time around I have a different outlook on how to maintain a healthier balance between the two.

Wish me luck!