Bungie/MS Split For Realz

Yes, it’s true, folks. The rumors I covered a few days ago were, in fact, legitimate. Bungie PR:

[Bungie will] become a privately held independent company, Bungie, LLC, in which Microsoft will hold a minority equity interest. As part of this transaction, Bungie and Microsoft have forged a deep and long-term development and publishing relationship focused on the continued success of the ‘Halo’ franchise. It is also the intent of both parties to expand their partnership to include new IP created and owned by Bungie.

At the very least, it doesn’t sound like the end of the HALO series(well, after HALO Wars), and they’ll be keeping a tight relationship with Microsoft. It does, however, seem like Bungie will have more freedom to work on new and different franchises, though. Just what those will be is anybody’s guess, though I hope Sony gets some love out of this.

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~ by Cavin Smith on October 5, 2007.

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