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Proving that true love just isn’t real, Microsoft and Bungie Studios officially announced the annulment of their joining. Well, it’s really more of an “I need my space” separation. Following an Internet explosion of rumors from blog sites, which were summarily made fun of by some of the big boys in gaming news, Bungie and MS proved the bloggers to be right. This time. The whole “friend of a cousin who knew a guy” spiel does wear thin on the old believability scale, despite this stories outcome.

Under the new agreement Microsoft will ”retain an equity interest in Bungie at the same time continuing its long standing publishing agreement between Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie for the Microsoft owned Halo intellectual property as well as other future properties developed by Bungie.” What that means is we’ll see little to no changes out here in the world. The biggest change will be the person signing Frankie’s paycheck. Hardly anything we have to worry about.

Now that Bungie has finished delivering the core of the Halo franchise, this news comes as only a minor surprise. I love Bungie, and the things they’ve done to make me enjoy games more than ever. But they’re just Halo at the moment, which was a property that came to fruition when the studio was independent. And with rumors of much of the old guard possibly jumping ship to do their own thing, this might have been a phenomenal move by both companies.

Now Bungie returns to an independent state, but still has lucrative publishing deals with Microsoft for any future IP’s. What that means for other platforms remains to be seen, but Halo is owned by Microsoft. I’m excited to see what the Bungie team has planned for the future (aside from the killer Halo 3 DLC, of course).
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