Jim Rossignol sees the loss of Ensemble's Halo MMOG as a great opportunity. "Microsoft wants MMOGs to take the action-shooter route: It's called the DonnyBrook project. DonnyBrook is a research project being undertaken by Microsoft, the aim of which is to come up with a suitable network-code system for putting hundreds of people in the same game, all shooting in real time, without the kind of crippling lag that traditionally makes this kind of thing unplayable. An early proof-of-concept demo made using Quake III as base was quite convincing, and this means that the technology for a truly massive shooter is in the pipeline. Combine this technical leap with the Halo world - which is already being fleshed with a library of books and comics, ripening Master Chief's galaxy for more games in the setting - and we suddenly find that we're facing the best possible candidate for content-hungry MMOG in which FPS action is the main event."