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The Future Of Bungie -- Halo Creator Talks New Games And Signing With Activision

It's one thing to sign a publishing agreement for a new game, it's quite another to propose one that lasts an entire decade. Yet, Bungie and Activision announced a 10-year partnership yesterday morning. It didn't take long for people to start wondering about the 10-year marker.

In an interview conducted just hours after the news began making the rounds, I asked Bungie's community and franchise director Brian Jarrard to explain why the studio chose 10 years.

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Activision Officially Unveils New Sledgehammer Games StudioOn the same day that Activision and Bungie announced their 10-year, industry rattling partnership, Activision Blizzard senior vice president of worldwide studios Brian Ward made an appearance at today’s LA Games Conference in Los Angeles.

During a panel discussion in which Ward participated, one of the main topics was subscription-based business models. It’s long been rumored that Activision has been eyeing adopting some kind of pay-to-play model for its Call of Duty franchise, much to the dismay of a large number of gamers.

It’s no surprise then that this very topic cropped up during the panel. However, what was perhaps not expected was that Bungie’s name got thrown into the mix at one point, which understandably raised some eyebrows.

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In the Talkabout video below, Patrick "Scoop" Klepek and Adam Sessler discuss the just-announced publishing partnership between Halo creators Bungie and game publishing giant Activision.  Both companies seem pretty happy about the partnership, but what might it mean for you, the gamer? Click the video to find out.

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Background: Check out the original Bungie partnership story. Bungie, Microsoft and Sony have all issued statements. Patrick did an in-depth interview with Bungie as well.


You've witnessed the dramatic live-action short to set the tone for the upcoming Halo: Reach beta, now, check out the extended version to supplement today's Bungie-Activision antics.

Halo: Reach "Birth of a Spartan" Extended Live-Action Short »


 



No Downloadable Content For Halo 3: ODST, Studio Focused On Halo: Reach

The multiplayer beta for Halo: Reach begins on Monday, May 3, and is open to anyone with a copy of Halo 3: ODST and an Xbox Live Gold account. But if you're wondering how, exactly, you access the new game, or have any other questions, we've got you covered with the everything-you-need-to-know guide to the Halo: Reach beta.

Click the "Read More" tag, and all your Reach questions will be answered.

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Industry Shocker: Halo Developer Bungie Studios Signs With Activision

[UPDATE: For more on this story, check out our Bungie interview, and comments from Microsoft, Sony and Bungie.]

As the drama surrounding Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward continues to unfold, Activision has dropped a new bombshell: the company has signed a 10-year publishing agreement with Bungie to bring its "next big action game universe to market." 

Activision will have the rights to publish the new intellectual property "on multiple platforms and devices." Does this extend outside Xbox 360? The press release doesn't say, but it seems likely, and in a video released to the press, Activision COO Thompas Tippl said the partnership was about bringing Bungie's next universe to "the platform of your choice."

Bungie, like Respawn Entertainment, retains the rights to the intellectual property. Few details on the project were released, not even a codename or vague release date. For all we know, Bungie's next project is years away. According to the announcement release, the deal has been in the works "over the past nine months."

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