Bungie independent from Microsoft, but Halo lives on

By Spencer . October 5, 2007 . 8:33am

bungie.jpgThe rumor is true. Bungie branched off from Microsoft and is moving in the direction of becoming an independent company. That doesn’t mean Bungie is about to switch gears and develop for other platforms or does it? Harold Ryan from Bungie explains, "We will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft’s platforms; we greatly value our mutually prosperous relationship with our publisher, Microsoft Game Studios, and we look forward to continuing that affiliation through ‘Halo’ and beyond."


OK. So the plan for Bungie is to work with the Xbox 360 and whatever Microsoft has in their pocket. However, the statement is pretty clear that Bungie is, at the very least, thinking about developing for other consoles.


What about the multimillion dollar Halo franchise? Microsoft is going to continue it with other partners like Ensemble Studios who is working on Halo Wars and Peter Jackson. Meanwhile, Bungie is going to be developing new intellectual properties at their home base in Kirkland WA.

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  • Halo DS… back from the grave?

    I wish, but this reminds me of Jaffe’s split from Sony… separate but still working so close together that most of us won’t notice a difference

  • Alexander

    I’m real interested to see what project Bungie works on next. I want to see what kind of game they can come up with that could top the juggernaut that is Halo 3.

    With 300 million in first week sales for Halo 3, I bet MS was already telling Bungie to start work on Halo 4. There probably will be a Halo 4 someday, since everyone will want it, and Bungie probably won’t be able to resist doing it.

    Halo DS? Please no.

  • Pedro Silva

    First time I see a formely first party studio going independent for free and without getting sold.

    Halo DS would be interesting, (not the one we’ve seen but a proper one) but I don’t think it’ll happen; neither I think it’s in Bungie’s hands now; but up to Microsoft.

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