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Just a week after the spectacular launch of Halo 3, the developer of the game, Bungie Studios, announced it is splitting away from Microsoft and to once again become an independent company.
Microsoft bought then Chicago-based Bungie back in 2000 and the original Halo game was one of the launch titles for Microsoft's Xbox, its first foray into the console gaming world. Since then the Halo franchise has sold nearly 15 million games, with Halo 3 reaching $300 million in global sales in its first week on the market.
While financial details weren't disclosed, both sides said Bungie's decision to leave the Microsoft nest was amicable, with Microsoft Game Studios VP Shane Kim, noting in a statement, "We look forward to great success with Bungie as our long-term relationship continues to evolve through Halo-related titles and new IP created by Bungie."
Kim also stressed that the Halo license is staying with Microsoft, adding, "We will continue to invest in our Halo entertainment property with Bungie and other partners, such as Peter Jackson, on a new interactive series set in the 'Halo' universe."
One source familiar with the situation said the success of Halo obviously played a role in Bungie's desire to once again be out on its own, but said Bungie's move was a win-win for both sides. »
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