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Bungie. A private entity
October 5, 2007, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Halo, News

The Bungie Weekly What’s Update has hit early this week and contains some pretty big news…

Bungie is no longer owned by Microsoft. Microsoft will still be publishing their games however and they’re still working primarily on the Xbox 360 (for now)… but as of October 1st they are no longer owned by the big M. The full press release can be read below:

Bungie Studios Becomes Privately Held Independent Company

Bungie and Microsoft forge new long-term relationship.

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.

About Bungie

Bungie was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and to sell enough of those games to achieve its real goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it has produced games such as the “Marathon” trilogy and the first two “Myth” games, hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. Bungie’s “Halo” franchise is an international award-winning action title that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 18 million units worldwide, logging billions of hours of multiplayer action on Xbox LIVE®, and spawning action figures, books, graphic novels, soundtracks, apparel and more. The critically acclaimed “Halo 3”, released on Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2007, is the fastest-selling video game ever, achieving $300 million in global sales its first week,  making it one of the most successful entertainment properties in history. More information on Bungie can be found at http://www.bungie.net.

But that’s not all, Bungie have been taking questions from the public for a few days now and will be delivering their answers on all things Halo 3 throughout the day. Be sure to swing by the WWU regularly for updates.


12 Comments so far
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I read somewhere a while ago this would happen.
Good luck to bungie.

Comment by D-thunda

Yeah mabe theyll publish halo ds!

Comment by me

yeah and flush halo down the toilet no really if halo ds is good i’ll buy it but if it stinks strike 1,and i think you know the rest oh also I’M 11 YEARS OLD DAMNIT OH I FORGOT THE ONLY NICE PEOPLE HERE ARE D-THUNDA AND 7TH

Comment by Master Tricks #1

Step six completed.
Just one more.

Comment by Vertrex

step 6 was the hardest imho… hope that sun slingshot looks cool… ;P

Comment by maccie05

so does that mean halo will come out for ps3

Comment by ryguy

Well they said no dramatic changes would happen. Have faith… they ARE Bungie. And don’t get me started on the DS thing again lol.
*weeps a lil

They said that there workin on new multiplayer maps atm. and they will be constantly changing gametypes n features just as they did with halo 2.

But what do you recon they are also doing?
Hint hint new project.
surely they are.
they said they took wrk to halo 3 stright away so…..

Comment by Wiplash ll7

I think that this could be either a very good thing or an even worse thing. I hope bungie can do things that microsoft restricted them from doing and i hope that they will still have enough fundin to make awsome games. Bunge FTW!

Comment by N Fox

Finally. It was inevitable. But Halo is still owned by microsoft & bungie will probably do a 4th Halo. Halo wars is by someone else. But now bungie can get A NEW FPS off the ground. Maybe its future wil be better than halo.

Comment by JCHoly

Halo 4 halo 4 halo 4 halo 4 with all the money halo 3 made they have to make another one yeah!!!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

I think that bungie will probobly make another halo. It would be pretty stupid if they didn’t. It’s not like people would get tired of it unless they made like 50. Plus, SPOILER ALERT! WATCH OUT! Plus, remember the legendary ending where the chief’s ship is floating toward that planet? The music there did NOT indicate that this was the end. It was like SCARY music. It probobly wont be calle halo 4, but they will probably make another one. Remember, they only said that halo 3 was “the end of this story arc,” and if you know your plotline terminology, most things have quite a few story arcs…i think they said that on purpose. In the meantime, i’ll just keep blowin s**t up with the AA Wraith!

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