Bungie Splitting From Microsoft?

Bungie Leaving Microsoft!! You heard it here first folks on the Seattle Post Intelligencer is a reader-submitted blog dealie mongering a rumor that Bungie is looking to break from Microsoft. GameDaily BIZ contacted Microsoft about this and were told: "There's been no such announcement. We continue to celebrate the tremendous success of the global phenomenon that is Halo 3."
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I hope this happens...does anyone even know how rich the Myth universe is?

That was one fantastic game, way ahead of its time, many people would love the return of Myth if Bungie still has the rights...

Would love to see Bungie do something other than Halo.
I'm pretty sure the trilogy is over, haven't played Halo 3 yet.

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Oct 2, 2007, 16:32
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Bungie was a great developer that released innovative games. Anyone remember that tactical game, Myth? Under MS, they've been forced to rehash the same formula for over 5 years. I'm not surprised they want to split. Here's hoping they can.
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Oct 2, 2007, 11:28
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Dont expect Bungie to last for long in its current formation anyway. The folks at the top have made tons and tons of money from game sales. They want free from MS and then the next step is that some will retire with all their $$. Not impressed with Halo 2 and 3 but I wish them well.

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Oct 2, 2007, 11:10
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Any developer that wants to be independent of microsoft is good for us at least in terms of creative game output.

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"There's been no such announcement. We continue to celebrate the tremendous success of the global phenomenon that is Halo 3."

That's an AWFULL long way from a denial

So true. I'm pretty surprised this would happen though. Bungie has to be making far more money than they ever were before, and Halo is undoubtedly a far bigger success than their previous games (sales wise). Unless they're just getting tired of Microsoft, I don't know what their motivation to leave would be. MS seems to give them all the development time they need, and the developmental funding has got to be outstanding. Perhaps they don't want to wait for the next Windows release before porting Halo 3 to the PC?

From the other side, I can't imagine MS would have the slightest desire to let go of Bungie either, due to how many console sales can probably be attributed directly to the Halo series (not to mention the sheer amount of money the game sales themselves bring in).

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Back to the Mac?

it wouldnt hurt bungie to go back to their roots and think like a small independent studio that creates unique games. they should do it while they still have a fan base. bungie used to be active in the community to promote their games. and no i am not talking about within the confines of bungie.net. the writers and creative minds in bungie used to frequent message boards under aliases to spread information about future games and interact with their fans. now they are like cattle that is herded by microsoft. everything coming out of bungie has to be officially sanctioned by redmond.

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Oct 2, 2007, 08:06
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Oct 2, 2007, 08:06
 
'independent development studio' You mean like FASA?

thats what i thought too. maybe his 'friend' inside microsoft is confused as to which development studio got axed by microsoft. it would be foolish for them to let go of the people who created halo 3. especially only a week after the game's release and at a critical time when they will need support to fix bugs.

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Oct 2, 2007, 08:00
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Oct 2, 2007, 08:00
 
Rumor is false. Sorry.
Ah, a confirmation from someone who once wrote I hate Halo and don't own either of the xboxes.

Doesn't it seem odd MS's usual stonewalling of "we don't comment on rumours" wasn't employed here?
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Oct 2, 2007, 03:49
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Rumor is false. Sorry.

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'independent development studio' You mean like FASA?

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Oct 2, 2007, 03:39
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If you look at the blogger's bio, you can see that he's not a "random blogger", as some sites have referred to him. 8bitjoystick is a journalist named Jacob Metcalf for the Seattle weekly newspaper The Stranger. I would tend to believe that a known journalist with no previous reputation for wild rumormongering would not risk losing his job by posting a rumor without first checking other sources.

I could be wrong, of course... but the dude does have cred.

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Oct 2, 2007, 01:15
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It's seems now that their "edgy personality" goes no farther than the press clippings they issue when someone questions their abilities.

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Oct 2, 2007, 00:04
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Hmmm. For info on Bungie's original purchase, check coverage on Blues from June of 2000, such as the original press release ( http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?show=40 ) and this interview: http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?show=39

From the original pr:
Bungie's development staff will become an independent development studio within the Microsoft Game Division, where it will retain its unique character and edgy personality.
"independent development studio" sounds like an OU that could buy their way out or have clauses, though it seems very un MS-like...
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Oct 1, 2007, 23:58
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That's odd. I wonder if there is any substance to the story, they seem pretty successful doing what they're doing now. I find it relatively hard to believe they'd be all that unhappy considering the ridiculous about of money they must have made. They've come a long way since Marathon.

I'm sure there is a lot of nasty politics involved in console development and the royalties are disturbing, but they do seem to have a pretty sweet deal.

Of course, they may have damned themselves to a lifetime of developing nothing but Halo sequels. I can see how that would be depressing.

ed: I hadn't actually read the article yet when I posted the above. Now that I have, I think it's BS. I don't see Microsoft "showing their appreciation" by "letting them leave." That sounds pretty silly right there. Microsoft isn't that kind of company. I kind of doubt that kind of company even exists.

Besides, they should know better than to believe the old "I've got a friend that works at X and he told me..."

They also mention the upcoming quarterly reports, something about that screams pump-and-dump to me.

We'll see...

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I thought Bungie was bought out by Microsoft. As in, they are now a wholly owned subsidiary of MS. If so, I can see a lot of the key development talent leaving and forming their own studio (like those Blizzard employees did), but I do not think Bungie can up an leave Microsoft.

I was under the same impression.

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I thought Bungie was bought out by Microsoft. As in, they are now a wholly owned subsidiary of MS. If so, I can see a lot of the key development talent leaving and forming their own studio (like those Blizzard employees did), but I do not think Bungie can up an leave Microsoft.

Guess we will find out in the next couple of days.
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"There's been no such announcement. We continue to celebrate the tremendous success of the global phenomenon that is Halo 3."

That's an AWFULL long way from a denial

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"There's been no such announcement. We continue to celebrate the tremendous success of the global phenomenon that is Halo 3."

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Back to the Mac?

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Good for Bungie, I hope it's true.

M$ needs to find some other developer to pigeon hole into their platform mentality. Leave the great developers to do what they do best like make great games for everyone they want to, not just to promote one stupid platform.

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