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Thursday, October 4, 2007
 
Bungie To Split From Microsoft?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

A reader blog on the Seattle Post Intelligencer website has set the online rumor mill into motion once again. Quoting what is said to be an email from an unnamed Bungie insider, the blog states that Bungie has split from Microsoft to become a separate entity. Another website, GameInformer, backs up the blog with its own anonymous source.

Seattle PI Blog:

"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)"
GameInformer:
Our source stated that Bungie is “tired of Making Halo, and didn’t want to do future Halo games.” For an unstated, but significant amount of money, Bungie shareholders bought the studio name back from Microsoft. Our source also revealed that even though Microsoft will retain the rights to Halo, Microsoft also has “the right of first refusal on future games.” This means that Microsoft has the first shot at publishing Bungie’s future titles. How this will come into play if Bungie decides they want future game X to appear on the PlayStation 3 and Wii alongside an Xbox 360 release will make things quite interesting.

We finished the fight. We're outta here.

We contacted Microsoft, and their boilerplate statement basically skirts the issue.

“There’s been no such announcement. We continue to celebrate the tremendous success of the global phenomenon that is Halo 3.”
Check out the links below to read more or to join the lively discussion of the rumor on IMG's forums.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Blog: Bungie Leaving Microsoft
GameInformer: Bungie Actually Leaving Microsoft?
IMG Forums: The Bungie Leaving Microsoft Rumor
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