The games industry veteran, who spent 15 years at Bungie, said he doesn’t expect everyone to be supportive of his next career move.
“Making some pretty big decisions with my career this week,” he tweeted. “Some of you will support it, some will not. I just ask that you all join me on this next leg of journey. It’s going to be big!”
Lehto most recently served as president and creative director of Washington-based independent studio V1 Interactive, which closed in early 2021 less than a year after its debut release, the sci-fi FPS Disintegration.
Disintegration released for consoles and PC in June 2020. Gameplay centres on piloting hovering, weaponised vehicles called Gravcycles, while simultaneously commanding up to four AI-controlled ground soldiers.
In VGC’s Disintegration review, our critic called the game “far from perfect” but “a decent stab at creating a different kind of sci-fi shooter.”
However, the title seemingly failed to find an audience following its release, and according to Steam Charts, the PC version never achieved more than 600 peak players.
In November 2020, V1 Interactive shut Disintegration’s multiplayer servers, citing a lack of interest from players.