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Reports:  Halo: Reach  Bungie's Last  Halo  Game, More
Reports: Halo: Reach Bungie's Last Halo Game, More
July 24, 2009 | By Christian Nutt

July 24, 2009 | By Christian Nutt
More: Console/PC

Reports have surfaced on the web that Halo: Reach will be Bungie's last game in the franchise, while the company's first original IP, yet to be announced, is "close" to finding its publisher -- and Peter Jackson's Halo game appears to be dead.

Consumer site IGN quotes Bungie senior designer Lars Bakken as saying, "After Reach that's it for us. We're already working on a new IP that we can't talk about yet, I don't know when we'll be talking about it -- when we're ready I suppose."

However, Computer and Video Games has a slightly different version of the story. When asked by C&VG whether any more Bungie-developed Halo games will appear on the Xbox 360, Bakken responded, "In terms of a platform for Halo games made by Bungie, yes... in terms of Bungie-produced Halo games, ODST and then Reach is probably all you're going to get."

This answer is much less definitive, and also leaves a lot of wiggle-room for Bungie Halo projects on future Microsoft hardware.

Meanwhile, Bakken also spoke to Eurogamer, saying that a deal to publish Bungie's new, original IP game is "close". "I think internally we'll know sometime soon," said Bakken. "I don't handle these things, but I'd imagine we're going to know way before we make the public announcement of who's handling that! But sure, I think those talks are, I guess, close." No details are publicly available about what form the game will take.

As announced alongside the reveal of the Halo: Legends anime shorts compilation and Halo Waypoint Xbox Live destination site, Microsoft has formed a new internal division called 343 Industries, which, according to this LA Times report, "oversees all Halo products."

According to the Microsoft press release about Legends and Waypoint, Frank O'Connor -- who moved from Bungie to Microsoft last year alongside Kojima Productions' Ryan Payton and Gearbox's Corrine Yu, among others -- serves as 343 Industries' development and creative director.

Finally, Joystiq reports in an interview with director Peter Jackson that his Halo game project has dissolved.

"That Halo project is no longer happening, it sort of collapsed when the movie didn't end up happening," said Jackson, referring to the film project that was "postponed" in 2006, and which has never resurfaced.

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Maurício Gomes
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Bungie is not owned by MS: Check.

Bungie is making new IP: Check.

So then bungie can resume making kickass awesomely awesome games that work on Linux, Mac and Windows? Maybe on PS3 and Wii too (since they too use OpenGL if I remember correctly).

That would be really nice...

Leo Gura
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Na, that's an ODST holding a knife -- totally different thing ;)

Joshua Sterns
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I hope Reach is full of death. I haven't read all the Halo novels, but the ones that I have read don't paint a pretty picture. Reach got glassed and was such a cluster*blanK* that the Pillar of Autum made a blind jump---starting the story of the first game. I think Bungie could do something really original with death in a video game. Or they could do something cheesy like have the Spartan you play die at the end of the level.

Paopao Saul
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Sorry if I missed something, but I do not believe this new IP is Bungie's first original IP. I know I've played the Myth games before, and they were cool too.