Bungie starting fresh

Recent rumors are that Bungie is starting fresh and getting back into the gaming world sooner than most expected.  What is Bungie you might ask?  Well if you are an avid video game player like myself then you know that Bungie is the mythical creator of one of the most popular series of video games ever made.  The Halo series has become Bungie’s legendary trademark and stomping ground for the past 10 years.  Bungie has featured 5 installments to the franchise and finally called it quits last year when it released its final installment (Halo: Reach).  Many gamer fans might be disappointed to know that Bungie has discontinued their production of Halo, but never fear.  Microsoft has taken over the franchise and has employed 343 Studios to continue to carry out the workings of Halo.  Whether this is good for the series or will cause it to be a flop is yet to be seen.

But enough about Halo.  Lets focus on Bungie.  From humble beginnings Bungie has created one of the largest multi player realms on console systems ever.  While video games existed on the computer before (like WOW and Half Life) Bungie broke through the ceiling with Halo and essentially created Xbox Live.  So what are they up to now that their franchise tag on Halo has expired?  According to inside sources Bungie has been secretly and avidly developing a new game that they hope will even eclipse the Halo tag that will forever be associated with their name.  Activision will most likely be their publisher but it is rumored that the game in question has been being developed for 10 years.  Bungie has called upon hundreds of thousands of gamers to take part in their beta testing of their new product so we will know more once that gets underway.  I for one can’t wait to see what Bungie is capable of in the industry and how they will work to shed their Halo tag.

A few things are for sure about this upcoming game.  It will be a multi platform game, meaning that Xbox, Playstation, PC and possibly even Nintendo will finally all get a crack at what Bungie has to offer.  This is a large step for Bungie as they were always shielded from the Microsoft bubble they were under.  The second thing we know for sure is that the game will have a large multi player online system.  This will come to no surprise as Bungie was one of the pioneers in the multi player console gaming industry.  Finally, rumors are that Bungie has filed multiple filings with the US Copyright Office for names for their upcoming game or even games.  These titles – “New Monarchy,” “Dead Orbit,” “Osiris,” and “Seven Seraphs” were filed last July with the office and unfortunately offer little to no indication for what the game might center around.  I can’t wait to see where Bungie goes next!

Source: http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/8401.html

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Doug Sharp
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 18:49:35

    Halo has always been one of my favorite games (besides Perfect Dark on N64), so i will be interesting to see 1) how it evolves out of Bungie’s hands and 2) what Bungie comes up with! Great post.

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  2. Taylor Lewan
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 20:33:58

    I think that Bungie has done an excellent job laying the foundation of their company on such a great game, I personally Play Halo. What I do not understand is why they would let a company like microsoft take over and add on to the game. I believe that Bungie should have stopped the game so it could still keep its status as a legendary game. Stop while it was ahead.

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  3. scottheethuis
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 10:58:03

    A very interesting read. I am nervous for Microsoft taking over this franchise; however, I have little doubt that they will fail. Bungie has produce multiple above-and-beyond Halo games. Reach has brought in new concepts and new ideas. Hopefully, Microsoft doesn’t bail on the great tradition and key aspects of Halo.

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