Bungie seeking independence, MS retains Halo

halo3chiefNot all partnerships work out apparently. Microsoft released a press release today mentioning that Bungie Studios, developer of the Halo series, has been making moves towards complete independence. Back in 2000, Microsoft acquired Bungie Studios following the announcement of Halo.

While complete details haven’t been released yet, Microsoft will retain all current and future gaming and publishing rights for the Halo series, as well as "future properties developed by Bungie".

Nonetheless, it’s unclear how Microsoft will handle new IPs with Bungie at the moment but it’s granted that Bungie will, at least, continue work on supporting the post-release of Halo 3.

Shane Kim, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, said, "While we are supporting Bungie’s desire to return to its independent roots, we will continue to invest in our ‘Halo’ entertainment property with Bungie and other partners, such as Peter Jackson, on a new interactive series set in the ‘Halo’ universe. We look forward to great success with Bungie as our long-term relationship continues to evolve through ‘Halo’-related titles and new IP created by Bungie."

Harold Ryan, Bungie studio head, said, "This exciting evolution of our relationship with Microsoft will enable us to expand both creatively and organizationally in our mission to create world-class games. We will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft 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."

We’ll keep you updated as the events unfold.


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