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343 Industries takes over Halo from Bungie on March 31

Wednesday, 1st February 2012 08:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Bungie’s confirmed the final handover of power on the Halo IP to 343 Industries will take place by March 31.

The original stalwarts of the series since 2001, the Seattle-based studio will transfer control on all things John-117 to the Microsoft first-party studio by that date. However, it will continue to keep historic data “for as long as the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.”

“Bungie will no longer be able to update game stats and player service records, to host new user generated content, or to operate the Bungie Pro service. All currently supported, Bungie-developed Halo titles will be impacted by this change,” a post on the developer’s site reads.

“Any replacement functionality, and all future Halo support, will be provided by Microsoft and 343 Industries via Halo Waypoint at http://halo.xbox.com.”

It continued: “Thanks for making the Halo-era version of Bungie.net more successful than we could have possibly imagined. You complete us.”

Bungie is working on a multiplaform brand new universe with Activision, which is still to be announced, while 343 is working on a new trilogy of Halo games, beginning with Halo 4 this holiday season following the release of Combat Evolved Anniversary last year.

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  1. John117

    Man, I hope Activision wont do the same thing for Bungie that it did with Infinity Ward >> Would be a shame really…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    They can’t – Bungie are independent, Activision don’t own them (not even a little bit), they’re just acting as the publisher for Bungie’s next game. Bungie returned to independence when they left Microsoft.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. shadders

    Bungie even retain all the IP to their new game. By the sounds of it they got a blinder of a deal out of Acti.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DuckOfDestiny

    @3 I suspect that deal involved quite a bit of anal sex.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    Can’t wait to hear about Bungie’s new title with Activision (please tell me this gets shown off at E3 this year). Also, Halo titles under 343 I believe will doom this franchise.

    #5 3 years ago