As posted by G4TV, an interesting development in gaming circles has just hit the gaming and other social media sites, such as Twitter. On the heels of a mass exodus of Infinity Ward personnel and rumors that the studio would be shut down, Activision announces that it has signed a ten year deal with Bungie to bring a new franchise to gamers. The deal allows Bungie to retain intellectual property rights on the games developed while under Activision.
“It’s no secret that while the full might of our studio has focused on making Halo: Reach,” said the studio on Bungie.net, “another core team, led by our co-founder and Studio Creative Director, Jason Jones, has already begun laying the groundwork to bring our newest universe, stories, and characters to life. Next up, the most ambitious game we’ve ever made, Halo: Reach. Built upon ten years of experience developing the Halo franchise, we’ve assembled the best team, the best technology, and the best talent to ensure that Reach is the game our fans deserve. Strap in and buckle up tight, we’re sending our baby out with a bang.”
Today, we’re poised to open a new chapter in Bungie’s history—one that begins with a partnership between Bungie and Activision and ends where we always knew it would, with World Domination. Our Next Big Thing now has a concrete path, leading from our studio to the platforms of our choosing. The business formalities are behind us. Our Constitution remains unchanged. We are still Bungie, still independent, and now we are free to bring our stories to an ever bigger audience.
It certainly is an interesting bit of news to hit the waves this morning, considering that the Halo Reach beta opens today for select people that were fortunate enough to receive a coveted Friends & Family code from Bungie/Microsoft. The beta opens up for everyone else on May 3rd, provided you own a copy of Halo 3: ODST. I certainly will be keeping my eyes and ears open for new bits of information coming in the days ahead. Bungie has become a household name for gamers with its Halo series of games and other merchandising and it will certainly be exciting to see what new universe they come up and how they are treated under the umbrella that is Activision.