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Posted by drew10 on Oct 7, 2007

Gaming News 7th October 2007

Microsoft Make Me Look Like A Plum!

OK, hands up who feels like a prat? Just me then and rightly so. Only a few days ago I stubbornly proclaimed that there was no way MS and Bungie would be parting company, now they have.

Yes Bungie have indeed jumped ship in order to produce new games for multi-formats. According to Bungie founder, Jason Jones “Bungie is like a shark. We have to keep moving to survive. We have to keep testing ourselves, or we might as well be dolphins or manatees.” A rather peculiar analogy and surely dolphins are more intelligent than sharks, aren’t they?

Microsoft purchased Bungie and the Halo franchise in 2000 and it has proved to be a rather profitable cash-cow since. Speaking about the split, Shane Kim, corporate 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.” So at least my prediction of Halo 4 may yet prove to have some substance!

Still, it is still a rather interesting development which has wider reaching implications for Xbox as a platform. Although Microsoft have basically called dibs on any future Bungie releases, there has been no word of contractual agreements so far.

Whilst Microsoft retains “a financial interest” in the company it remains unsaid as to whether it was they or Bungie who finally ended the love affair. Also whilst the two will be working closely on future Halo projects Microsoft have also said they will be working on on Halo with other partners. Maybe Microsoft have thought that Halo 3 did not meet up to their expectations.

I am sure this story has many more legs with more details set to leak out in the coming weeks. I of course will now steer away from making any bold claims.

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