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Rumor: Bungie, Microsoft Breaking Up?

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Posted October 2, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

In what would surely be the biggest celebrity break-up since Kevin and Britney called it quits, the unsubstantiated, unbelievable rumor of the day on the 'net is that Bungie and Microsoft are splitting up.

The source is 8bitjoystick, who attributes the hot word to "A friend of mine who has someone close that works at Bungie."

The friend says:

"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."

Wow! That's what we call "unsubstantiated!" If it's true, it's huge...but we're sure it's false. Here's why:

First: Microsoft owns Bungie, and we doubt they'd grant a very profitable department in their company autonomy. 

Secondly,  "A friend of mine who has someone close that works at Bungie" isn't a very good source.

Finally, the second half of the friend's information (Bungie's explanation for wanting to split from Microsoft) reads more like fanboy speculation than actual business-type talk:

"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)"

Maybe we're cynical, but TheFeed can't imagine one multi-national billion dollar corporation breaking off relations with another because "they appreciate their fans," or someone is too "stingie."

So far, neither Microsoft or Bungie have spoken publicly on the rumor. We'll let you know more when we know more.

8bitjoystick.com: Bungie Leaving Microsoft!! You heard it here first folks

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