Fuck me, every time I put on a clean pair of pants, something like this happens. I won’t make this blog too long-winded, as I’m sure you want details. So here they are, in a nice list format for easy reading.
-Bungie is now an independent company, entitled Bungie LLC. They have no real ties to Microsoft anymore…
-..but they still have a long-term publishing agreement with Microsoft.
-Microsoft owns the IP rights to Halo, so in theory, Bungie may not make the next Halo installment (see below for delicious commentary).
-Bungie is still working on DLC for Halo 3, as well as collaborating on the Halo/Peter Jackson project.
-Both companies <3 each other, hoping to make Bungie/Msoft babies in the future.
What does this ultimately mean for us gamers? Not much, really. We’ll still get Halo, and I’m willing to bet Msoft will give Bungie the contract to make Halo 4. The only real difference is that Bungie can make any game they want to now.
Reported by Joystiq, the only IP that Bungie actually owns is Marathon, so we could potentially see a sequel for that in the near future. And who knows, maybe Bungie will surprise us and make something completely unique, something that doesn’t involve killing aliens with guns in both hands.
And because both companies still love each other unconditionally, I’m going to predict that Bungie stays pro-Microsoft, declining to bring any of their games to competing platforms. But, hey, never say never, right?