After Bungie relinquished the Halo franchise over to Microsoft and 343 Industries, many thought the worst: Halo was dead, and Microsoft was going to run it into the ground much like Activison did to Guitar Hero. Furthermore, many, myself included, wondered why there needed to be more Halo games. Bungie is as much a part of Halo as Halo is as much a part of Bungie. One can’t function without the other, right? Halo 4 should be a mess.
Wrong. While it remains to be seen whether or not Bungie can thrive without its Halo, Halo sure as hell can thrive—and grow—without Bungie.