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
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
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.
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.