Bungie is still working with their former owners, Microsoft, on Bungie's potentially last Halo game, Halo: Reach. Activision and Bungie's decade-long publishing partnership for an upcoming intellectual property comes as Halo: Reach is about to enter beta for a select number of users.
What does Microsoft think about the deal? The company has issued this brief statement:
"Our partnership with Bungie as a first-party developer for Xbox 360 remains unchanged," said a company spokesperson over e-mail this morning, "and right now we’re deeply engaged with them on the development of 'Halo: Reach,' which is poised to be the biggest game of 2010."
Activision was unlikely the only company Bungie spoke with about their post-Halo plans. For whatever reason, however, Bungie chose to go with a partner other than Microsoft for this one.
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- Halo developer Bungie Studios has signed a deal with Activision.
- Bungie has released a brief statement about its shocking 10-year partnership with Activision.
- Microsoft has issued a brief statement responding to the Activision and Bungie partnership.
- Sony has issued a statement on the Bungie and Activision deal, calling it "great for all gamers."
- Patrick Klepek spoke with Bungie about the future of the studio, now that it's signed a 10-year deal with Activision.