Rumour: Bungie to Leave Microsoft?

Rumour: Bungie to Leave Microsoft?

Published On October 2, 2007 | By Anthony Barker | News

Pinch of salt at the ready because it’s rumour time! Yes, the interweb channels are full of rumour that Bungie is unlocking the shackles from their owner Microsoft. This has been granted by Microsoft as a “goodwill gesture” towards the Bungie team, their efforts in bringing in oodles of cash and the help they have given in building the Xbox platform to what it is today. As always, this rumour comes from an unofficial source, but news of this stature cannot be passed by! The source states…

“So heres my big secret. You should google Bungie + Microsoft + separation this week.
You know that big ol BILLION dollar franchise Bungie has created for Microsoft, to show their appreciate Microsoft is letting Bungie leave. Of course Microsoft gets to keep all rights to the Halo franchise, but as today Bungie no longer part of Microsoft. Ask anyone who works there to search the global address book, they’re no longer in there. Microsoft was supposed to release the press release today but if they wait till the 10/6 the impact wont effect the quarterly results. However today is the actual official date and the day the NDAs expire, however you still didn’t hear this from me.”

“Apparently MS just wants Bungie to make Halo for the rest of their natural days, and Bungie doesn’t like how MS is constantly trying to “handle” everything they do; the way they market their games, the way they interact with their fans (basically the fact that they do appreciate their fans), and how stingie they are with the profits (comparable to the rest of the industry). So as of today they are their own independent entity. They’ll probably make Halo 4 for Microsoft, however hey are also free to create new intellectual properties for whatever system they want. (Even though they prefer the xbox platform)”

“What a way to say thank you.”

Those of you will know that Bungie is looking into other non-Halo IP and it would be good to see what the guys and gals of Bungie could do on other platforms, with fresh new ideas and IP. If this news is true do you think this is a good move for the Bungie team and Microsoft? Let us know by leaving a Spartan vocal comment below.

Thanks to just Jam Man from the forums for the heads up on this news.

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Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.