|Mr Puggsly said:
Of course its liberating. MS would've made them make nothing but Halo for their rest of their natural lives. MS doesn't believe in creativity if there arent dollar signs attached to it.
Yeah, they didn't want to make Halo games for the rest of their lives. Or maybe they didn't want to work Halo games because they didn't own it.
Destiny is a Halo clone and clearly lacked inspiration. Hence, they're still spending their lives making Halo games just with a new name.
No, bungie was being stifled by Microsoft creatively. MS also wouldn't allow them to create any new IP's. They knew MS owned it and Halo was designed to be able to have legs for itself. Bungie never wanted to work on Halo forever. Destiny and Halo are both works of Bungie, not Microsoft. Obviously they would want to use a bit of a winning formula to keep the quality intact in other games. The gaming community is fickle and pushing the boundaries as well as keeping some things people know is important. Look at Titanfall, its doing essentially the same thing. It keeps the core of what they did with COD and pushes the boundaries in another direction with the Titans and jet packs. Bugnei wanted out from Microsoft since the beginning of last gen and managed to make cut their ownership from MS before the end even though they promised to work on Reach for them. I believe they were a second party for MS by the time Reach was finished.
Fortune Magazine from 2007
So heres my big secret. You should google Bungie + Microsoft + separation this week.
You know that big ol BILLION dollar franchise Bungie has created for Microsoft, to show their appreciate Microsoft is letting Bungie leave. Of course Microsoft gets to keep all rights to the Halo franchise, but as today Bungie no longer part of Microsoft. Ask anyone who works there to search the global address book, they’re no longer in there. Microsoft was supposed to release the press release today but if they wait till the 10/6 the impact wont effect the quarterly results. However today is the actual official date and the day the NDAs expire, however you still didn’t hear this from me.
Apparently MS just wants Bungie to make Halo for the rest of their natural days, and Bungie doesn’t like how MS is constantly trying to “handle” everything they do; the way they market their games, the way they interact with their fans (basically the fact that they do appreciate their fans), and how stingie they are with the profits (comparable to the rest of the industry). So as of today they are their own independent entity. They’ll probably make Halo 4 for Microsoft, however hey are also free to create new intellectual properties for whatever system they want. (Even though they prefer the xbox platform)
What a way to say thank you.