View Full Version : Rumor: Bungie shareholders buy company back
10-02-2007, 05:43 PM
Amidst the rumors of a Bungie/MS split, this has just come-up
"We finished the fight, now we're outta here."
Under the supposed deal, MS would keep the rights to halo and get first-pass rights on any new properties. Its uncertain, however, how that would go with a multi-platform title.
This is all just a rumor as well, but judging from MS's recent "no comment on rumors" position instead of "what? you crazy? that's stupid", it could be true.
10-02-2007, 08:01 PM
This is going to get ugly.
10-02-2007, 08:40 PM
I don't see why this is such a bad thing for MS like everyone is making it out to be. So Bungie wants to be an Indie dev - what's the big deal? Rare practically is, as Microsoft still lets them work with Nintendo on occasion. Hell, Bungie even wanted to work on the DS...just check out Matt Cassamassina's blog right now to see Halo DS in all its splendor.
I doubt we'll see the last of Bungie working with MS either...if you think that Halo 4 isn't on its way, you're sorely mistaken. And for any SDF-like statements (you know they're coming) that say something like "Haha! This proves devs don't want to work with MS anymore!" I say you look at the big picture. Bungie just wants to be independent. They're not going to suddenly join up with Sony.
10-02-2007, 08:47 PM
It's not a bad thing for M$, it's a bad thing for Bungie. Using M$'s bankroll, Bungie's last 3 games have gone Quadruple platnium. If this is true, what Bungie is saying is that they're willing to completely dump the MASSIVE ammounts of cash that's constantly poured into their offices in order to publish, advertise and hype up their games.
Well, not suicide, but it's FAR from smart business. If they leave, M$'s insane hype machine goes with it. And I'll tell you right now, without that hype machine, halo wouldn't have sold as well as it did.
What I suspect they would like to do is become multiplatform, looking to branch out to handhelds like every other company out there right now. It probably has more to do with artistic freedom rather than being pressured into making halo after halo after halo. A new IP could go a long way, but with the halo name being so highly developed, M$ certainly bankrolls what makes them money in the end.
I highly doubt this is true, but if it is, I really doubt it's going to be the exodus that most people are proclaiming.
10-02-2007, 09:47 PM
I think we are supposed to know by Friday what is happening. M$ does own the Halo franchise, so that can't go anywhere.
10-02-2007, 10:29 PM
oh im sure microsoft will still promote the hell out of whatever bungie creates. they have first dibs on publishing under the agreement. the point here is, bungie is done with halo, they want to move on and being completely owned by microsoft wont allow them to do that.
10-02-2007, 11:39 PM
It may be bad for them in the monetary sense but I see this being very, very good for them in the artistic sense, considering their level of artistry in gaming before the buyout as opposed to after.