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Bungie signs 10 year deal with Activision

Bungie signs 10 year deal with Activision

Bungie has announced a decade long partnership with Activision that will see the start of new IPs.

Activision and Bungie have announced a new decade long partnership which will see Activision Blizzard publishing all of the ex-Microsoft developer's titles for the foreseeable future.

Under the new contract Bungie will be working to create a brand new franchise, which they will retain control of but which will be published exclusively by Activision.

The press releases make it very clear that Bungie has not been bought out by Activision and remains an independent developer. Hopefully that will ensure they don't get involved in the types of problems that plagued Infinity Ward.

"It's no secret that while the full might of our studio has focused on making Halo: Reach, another core team, led by our co-founder and studio creative director, Jason Jones, has already begun laying the groundwork to bring our newest universe, stories, and characters to life," said a comment on the Bungie website.

"Our Next Big Thing now has a concrete path, leading from our studio to the platforms of our choosing. The business formalities are behind us. Our Constitution remains unchanged. We are still Bungie, still independent, and now we are free to bring our stories to an ever bigger audience."

"Once the smoke clears, all the pieces will finally be in place for Step 7. Don't worry, though. We won't let World Domination go to our heads. We’re gonna keep making kick ass games on our own terms, and since you've been so supportive throughout the years, we'd love to bring you along for the ride."

Coincidentally, we'll have some beta impressions of Bungie's Halo: Reach going up tomorrow morning, so stay tuned!

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Gunsmith 29th April 2010, 14:16 Quote
lets see how long bungie lasts under its current management.
NuTech 29th April 2010, 14:19 Quote
Joe, I'll be your best bud if you throw me a Halo Reach beta key. Don't really want to buy ODST so I can play Reach for a fortnight...
cjoyce1980 29th April 2010, 14:31 Quote
this can't be good, like hope its only publishing.

At least microsoft own the rights to Halo :)
smc8788 29th April 2010, 14:32 Quote
Weren't Bungie owned by Microsoft? Or are they still?
rickysio 29th April 2010, 15:10 Quote
Hopefully it won't be a rehash of the Halo series.
sotu1 29th April 2010, 15:21 Quote
Halo Warfare. It's coming. It's like when Alex Ferguson replaced Beckham with Ronaldo. Watch as the next Bungie game goes head to head with Respawn's first game.
samkiller42 29th April 2010, 15:39 Quote
Bungie to make the next COD anyone?

Sam
Blademrk 29th April 2010, 16:08 Quote
COD: Halo Wars?
dr-strangelove 29th April 2010, 16:09 Quote
World of Halocraft? ;)
SatansBudgie 29th April 2010, 16:19 Quote
Guitar Hero: Master Chief World Tours
borandi 29th April 2010, 16:38 Quote
Call of Halo: World of Guitar Heros.
Abhorsen 29th April 2010, 16:40 Quote
Ha-war, Set in Korea?
yakyb 29th April 2010, 17:07 Quote
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It always amazes me the way you link back to old articles in every peice of news you write
CardJoe 29th April 2010, 17:13 Quote
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It always amazes me the way you link back to old articles in every peice of news you write

Why? It's not like I'd forget something I wrote.
SatansBudgie 29th April 2010, 17:16 Quote
lol
talladega 29th April 2010, 18:37 Quote
Call of Noobs: Retard Warefare
Psytek 29th April 2010, 22:21 Quote
Isn't it against the law to post information on how to commit suicide...


...financial suicide...
technogiant 29th April 2010, 22:28 Quote
Oh well, thats the end of the halo series then.
Phil Rhodes 29th April 2010, 22:34 Quote
Aargh! Stop making identical first person shooter after identical first person shooter! Stop making identikit games for five year olds! Stop making Halo! I repeat, Aargh!
Tulatin 29th April 2010, 22:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by talladega
Call of Noobs: Retard Warefare

To be fair, if we're going down this road, then I'd like to nominate we change Microsoft's Live Service to Retard 360 (you're bound to meet at least that many in an hour), and Sony should take us up on naming it simply "The Retard Network"
Blackie Chan 29th April 2010, 22:40 Quote
Does it have dedicated servos?
Blackie Chan 29th April 2010, 22:40 Quote
Are there perks? I like perks.
GravitySmacked 29th April 2010, 22:45 Quote
I wish Bungie all the best.
Outkastar 29th April 2010, 23:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Abhorsen
Ha-war, Set in Korea?

lol
talladega 29th April 2010, 23:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
To be fair, if we're going down this road, then I'd like to nominate we change Microsoft's Live Service to Retard 360 (you're bound to meet at least that many in an hour), and Sony should take us up on naming it simply "The Retard Network"
I suppose it depends on the games you play online. I play Socom which has a very steep learning curve and keeps the noobs and retards away. :)
ledbythereaper 29th April 2010, 23:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by technogiant
Oh well, thats the end of the halo series then.

At least something good comes out of it :p
NuTech 29th April 2010, 23:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by technogiant
Oh well, thats the end of the halo series then.
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At least something good comes out of it :p
It's not. Microsoft has set up a dedicated studio to take over the Halo franchise from Bungie after Halo Reach is released. I believe they're called 343 Industries.

And Halo was a great game so you can both shove it up your arses. :D
wuyanxu 29th April 2010, 23:39 Quote
hopefully this means Bungie will be releasing whatever next on PC as well as xbox and PS3.
ledbythereaper 30th April 2010, 10:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
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Originally Posted by technogiant
Oh well, thats the end of the halo series then.
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Originally Posted by ledbythereaper
At least something good comes out of it :p
It's not. Microsoft has set up a dedicated studio to take over the Halo franchise from Bungie after Halo Reach is released. I believe they're called 343 Industries.

And Halo was a great game so you can both shove it up your arses. :D

Halo 1 was a great game because it was on PC. (I know Halo 2 was but it was awful)
SatansBudgie 30th April 2010, 10:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by technogiant
Oh well, thats the end of the halo series then.

can't say that greatly upsets me
SatansBudgie 30th April 2010, 10:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
It's not. Microsoft has set up a dedicated studio to take over the Halo franchise from Bungie after Halo Reach is released. I believe they're called 343 Industries.

And Halo was a great game so you can both shove it up your arses. :D

dammit
rickysio 2nd May 2010, 05:52 Quote
Then the next thing you know they release a Bungie Hero : Marathon World Tour.
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