Bungie Left Microsoft

I posted the rumor regarding this a few days ago, so I though I should bring you all up to speed since Bungie has now officially left Microsoft.  Bungie will still have a huge role at Microsoft, no doubt. This just means they now have to freedom to do whatever they want.  I’m really proud of them for attempting to stand on their own feet and become independent.  Things like Q’s desired HaloDS might actually have a chance now.  Since Microsoft still owns 100% of Halo this specific title will not probably come true, but Bungie could make a new game on the DS if they choose.  More control for the developer can really only be a good thing for gamers. 

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Oct. 5, 2007
Bungie and Microsoft Corp. today announced a plan for Bungie Studios,
the developers of Microsoft’s “Halo” franchise, to 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.

Bungie’s critically acclaimed Xbox 360®
exclusive “Halo 3” achieved $300 million in global sales in its first
week. Released on Tuesday, Sept. 25, “Halo 3” is the fastest-selling
video game ever and already one of the most successful entertainment
properties in history.

“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,” said
Harold Ryan, studio head for Bungie. “We will continue to develop with
our primary focus on Microsoft’s 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.”

“Working with Microsoft was great for us,
it allowed us to grow as a team and make the ambitious, blockbuster
games we all wanted to work on.  And they will continue to be a great
partner.  But Bungie is like a shark.  We have to keep moving to
survive.  We have to continually test ourselves, or we might as well be
dolphins.  Or manatees,” said Jason Jones, Bungie founder and partner.

Bungie’s management retained the services
of Don Leeds, senior managing director of B-Hive Global, LLC, to assist
in the structuring of the deal and negotiating on their behalf. Bungie
will remain in Kirkland, Washington, and is always looking to hire
excellent talent.