Bungie and Microsoft Renew Their Vows

October 5th, 2007 at 12:00 am


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.  [via Microsoft ]

Microsoft reports that they are loosening their leash around Bungie’s neck but not completely letting them go.  For one, The $300million worth franchise Halo will not be affected by the deal meaning Microsoft still owns and controls the game.  However, Bungie now has some room to develop world class games for other platforms if they please.   Harold Ryan of Bungie says, "(We) will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft platforms."

Bungie was once a Mac-only game company back in 1991 and was tied to Microsoft exclusively in 2000.  With the new deal somehow confirming rumors of separation, Bungie franchising director Brian Jarrard said, "But sure, now that we’re branching of and controlling our destiny, that puts us in a position where we could put ourselves back on the [Mac] platform definitively again."

All in all, if Bungie could create a game as good as Halo for  Microsoft, I bet they can make another game as good or better for other platforms like the PS3, Wii and Mac.  Regardless, their next game will definitely be the talk of the world preceding the success of Halo.