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OFFICIAL: Bungie Going Independent

Microsoft Corp. today announced a plan for Bungie Studios, the developers of the "Halo®" franchise, to embark on a path to become an independent company. Microsoft will retain an equity interest in Bungie, at the same time continuing its long-standing publishing agreement between Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie for the Microsoft-owned "Halo" intellectual property as well as other future properties developed by Bungie.

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Arkham3391d ago

Rumours confirmed. Now we can move on and look forward to new IPs, and new Halos.

marinelife93391d ago

I think all this really means is that you are going to see a DS version of Halo someday. If Bungie is smart they would work very hard to come up with a brand new franchise apart from Halo that they own themselves. But still keep producing Halo games because they are a cash cow.

Gamespot-equals-EGM3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

Gamespot must be hating this news.

A few days ago, GS wrote a nasty article trying so hard to discredit this rumor. The Xbots at GS were in such a state of denial, now they just have egg all over their face.

http://www.gamespot.com/new...

Evil0Angel3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

***first: viva pniata(RARE STUDIO part MGS) published in NDS
***rumore about HALO in NDS
***Bungi(owned by MGS) going multi-pltform
***microsfot made profilt only in one quarter(HALO2 RELASE) during 6 years of xbox\360 life cycle
***microsoft planing for in-house devlopment of PGR serious(against their usual strategy: relay on thired parties for exculsives)
***we do not see much games about xbox in 2009 or late 2008
***windows platform(owned by microsoft, only profit no lose) is way bigger than xbox.
***GEARS OF WAR (IP owned by microsfot) will appear in MAC.
*** i love my xbox but i am sorry to say this : most hardware made by MS are faulty or customer experinced problem with:
xbox console/ wirless-headset/wirless-wheel
***share-holder :do you thing they happy about all the money they lose from xbox hardware.bare in mind share-holders bought bungi from microsoft.

is microsoft taking the step of SEGA/DREAMCAST and will quite hardware market and make software only ???????

Anego Montoya FTMFW3391d ago

i`m glad your NOT a moron.

people only see what they want to see.

i`ve noticed all of that too.

bubble.

xhi43391d ago

My word, did you think of that? That's amazing...someone should write an investigative article on that....that really is amazing. I mean that would explain so many things, for instance not having a long term plan (10 year life span) for the 360 and building it cheap and selling it high and sooner to make a 'quick buck'. Wow....you just may be right!

Bubbles for you sir!

marinelife93391d ago

I hate Microsoft but I don't want them to get out of the console race. We need Microsoft to keep Sony honest. Besides how much fun would message boards be if everyone agreed on everything all the time.

mandrake3391d ago

Evil-Angel:

This is not a bad thing for MS. Read my post below and the one I made on an earlier thread. It would have been bad if Bungie staff quit en-mass to form their own studio. Heaven knows MS paid them enough money to do that ($50 million in bonuses) and there would have been no strings attached to MS. That they didn't suggests that the split was amicable and well planned. Remember, a deal like this takes months to negotiate. MS and Bungie have probably been talking about this since last year. I wouldn't even be surprised if MS initiated the talks. This is consistent with the strategy Shane Kim described to N'Gai Croal, where MS really isn't into owning in-house studios anymore, and is more into exclusive publishing deals.

TheSadTruth3391d ago

this is great news, I hope they return to the PC tbh

AngryTypingGuy3391d ago

@Gamespot-equals-EGM - I don't see how this is a bad thing. Halo is still exclusive to Microsoft, and will only turn up on another system if a huge wad of cash is put into Microsoft's pocket.

Also, if you actually think that Gamespot, EGM, 1-Up and CNet are all "anti-ps3", then you are stupid.

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Meus Renaissance3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

Let's see what else they can make other than Halo. They'll be pressure on them, to make games that are distinct from Halo so it doesn't seem that they're still relying on that IP, that's for sure.

dragonJP3391d ago

It must be an exciting time for Bungie! Knowing they can forge ahead with NEW IPs and not just spend the next three years only doing another HALO game. Scary and pressure-filled, since surely the world will be watching closely to see what they come up with, but wildly exciting nonetheless. Relieved to see that they will continue to work with Microsoft. Perhaps HALO 4 as a launch title for the Xbox 720? My bet is either a prequel or something much further in the future, maybe third-person like Gears of War. Can't wait to see what they come up with....

JasonXE3391d ago

Hopefully they'll make another great game and wonder what they'll think of next. I'm 100% sure that another Halo will be arriving on the next xbox but for now, I wonder what they will make next.

toughNAME3391d ago

I have a feeling Bungie is finished

theyll pump out a few Halo games that will obviously sell well

but they will never duplicate the success of the Halo trilogy

In 6 months - 1 year when Im finally playing through all the options in Halo 3....I will be done with Halo...I'm moving on

Anego Montoya FTMFW3391d ago

did you have a feeling about that?

lol.

Meus Renaissance3391d ago

They'll still have pretty much the same resources and same team. But now they're not published by Microsoft, they're finished to you?

They will continue to develop exclusives for the Xbox 360, aswell as possibly other platforms. This is a positive thing for them as it increases their target audience and potential profits.

Your comment makes no sense to me, can you explain it?

ShiftyLookingCow3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

Bungie will not lose by any means and from that press release it seems their titles will still be published by MGS

thewhoopimen3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

Just because YOU have never played anything made by Bungie besides Halo doesn't mean that Bungie is just a one-off company. I can't believe you can say something so ignorant and crass without reading up a little on Bungie's history. Far from your "keen" observations, I welcome this change. Bungie was acclaimed even before Halo and were seen as one of the best growing studios in the league of Blizzard to name a fellow studio of that time. They made some fantastic games such as Myth/I/II/III as well as the Marathon Series which is the prequel to what you've been playing. Myth was nothing like other 3d strategy games out there at the time.

Myth had some of the best physics simulaton, and terrain deformation from character damage. I still get chills thinking about the dwarven molotov cokktails ( i had to misspell it), bouncing down hills and exploding into the midst of enemies. Unlike other games (even today), the bomb didn't just explode... it rippled the ground sending shockwaves outward turning enemies into flying body parts that bounced or rolled down the hill (yes heads rolled). You saw craters explosions, etc. Plus, unlike alot of other games nowadays, putting throwing that c0cktail UP a hill was definitely a bad idea, because it had a tendency to bounce BACK at you.

One of the hardest and most satisfying real time strategy games out there. All this made in 1998-1999.

toughNAME3391d ago

regardless of this article

IMHO Bungie will pull a Rare...one big hit..then...not much

Im just saying I think I am done with Bungie games...they would probably borrow elements from Halo in their new games...this would ruin Halo for me

Eclipticus3391d ago (Edited 3391d ago )

In reply to 3.5. Though I dont understand how halo elements in other games ruin Halo for you? that is your right. But to Say Bungie might go the way of Rare, with one hit, is already mistaken. As both rare and bungie have multiple sucesss. Halo, Marathon and the Myth series. And Rare having Banjoo kazooie, Perfect Dark, and oh, GoldenEye.

edit. 3.7 KI was actually the first RARE game that came to mind. but somehow failed to be mentioned. my bad. That is what 360 needs a new KI EXCLUSIVE

Skizelli3391d ago

Don't forget Killer Instinct.

Bolts3391d ago

Bungie did create one of the best, but forgoten RTS of all time. Myth, a great and extremely violent RTS. However it's other none Halo IP, ONI was lukewarm at best.

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sonarus3391d ago

wat do u knw for once the rumors were right. wonder when we will see their nxt game.