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Microsoft: Bungie partnership “remains unchanged” despite Activision deal

Thursday, 29th April 2010 15:46 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Microsoft’s just told VG247 that its partnership with Bungie remains the same, despite today’s announcement that it had signed a ten-year publishing deal with Activision on its new IP.

In a statement just sent to us, the firm told us it remains “deeply engaged” with the studio on development of Halo: Reach.

“Our partnership with Bungie as a first-party developer for Xbox 360 remains unchanged,” reads the statement, “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.”

Bungie says it will remain an independent studio despite the deal, which sees Activision involved in a publishing-only role: the developer maintains control of the IP. Analyst Michael Pachter says the game is “well along in its development”.

There’s more on the deal here. Halo: Reach releases this fall for Xbox 360, with a multiplayer beta kicking off on Monday.

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  1. Goliath

    Can Bungie recreate the success of Halo with it’s new IP? That’s the 10 year, million dollar question. It’s a provocative gamble by Activision as Bungie hasn’t made anything but Halo for the last 10 years.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Benjo1981

    @1

    I’m thinking Activision have seen enough of Bungie’s new IP to make an educated decision about forming this deal. I doubt they took the decision blind.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the new IP is.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Benjo1981

    I still think that, given the way the orginal press release was worded, that Bungie could run multiple teams with one creating the new IP for Activision and the other making games for MS.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. The Hindle

    If Bungies new ip involves Aliens vs humans and hi tech weaponery ill do the ultimate facepalm

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    I hope it’s Marathon.

    #5 4 years ago