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Bungie has announced a partnership with probably the biggest name in gaming, Activision. From the press release:
Bungie, the developer of blockbuster game franchises including Halo, Myth and Marathon, and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, the #1 online games publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that they have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie’s next big action game universe to market. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
I highly doubt this means we will be seeing Master Chief on the Wii any time soon, but I would bet on their next property appearing on multiple platforms. According to Harold Ryan, Bungie’s president:
“We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.”
I know there are probably a lot of people out there who are less than pleased about this. With everything that just went down with Infinity Ward, I’m sure many Halo fans are just waiting for the other shoe to drop on them at some point. But, the folks at Bungie have reassures us that they are still independent and still Bungie.