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Sony: Bungie-Activision Deal A 'Big Win' For Gamers, PS3 Users

Sony: Bungie-Activision Deal A 'Big Win' For Gamers, PS3 Users

April 29, 2010 | By Kris Graft

April 29, 2010 | By Kris Graft
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Now that Bungie is a multiplatform developer no longer solely loyal to Microsoft, Sony Computer Entertainment America is expectedly excited about the prospect of a Bungie game on PlayStation 3.

"The partnership between Bungie and Activision is a big win for gamers worldwide," said SCEA in a prepared statement.

On Thursday morning, Halo creator Bungie and Modern Warfare publisher Activision signed a 10-year exclusive publishing agreement for a brand new, Bunge-owned action property.

"Combining Bungie's creativity with the incredible power of PlayStation 3 will add serious muscle to action gaming," said SCEA. "We look forward to extending Bungie's 'next big action game universe' with PS3 users."

While it's widely assumed that, having confirmed "multiplatform" development, the new Bungie games will arrive on PS3, neither Activision or Bungie have openly talked about which platforms the new property will come to.

Following the Activision-Bungie announcement, Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications and social media at SCEA Tweeted, "Congrats to Bungie. Marrying their creative minds and incredible talent to the power of PS3 will be like giving PS3 fans Halo on steroids."

Kirkland, WA-based Bungie was previously a Microsoft-owned studio following an acquisition in 2000. The studio broke away from Microsoft and regained its independence in 2007, gaining the ability to create games on platforms outside of the Xbox 360.

The studio's next game is Halo Reach, due later this year. Bungie's first Activision-published game is likely "well along in its development," according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.


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