While Ryan didn’t offer a statement on the change, Pete Parsons, former Bungie Chief Operating Officer, and newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, offered this statement:
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.
“As CEO, Parsons will be tasked with leading the talented Bungie team as they continue to develop great Destiny experiences,” the developer added.
Meanwhile, the Bungie Twitter account said the new matchmaking settings are only available to Iron Banner right now:
Attention Trials of Osiris combatants: New matchmaking settings apply only to Iron Banner for the immediate future! https://t.co/vFaQt8OG4x
— Bungie (@Bungie) January 27, 2016