Bungie President: Xbox Live Wouldn’t Have Made It Without Halo
Xbox Live is celebrating its tenth year anniversary, and Bungie president Harold Ryan believes the service owes much of its success to his team and the Halo franchise.
2004′s Halo 2 was the first online-enabled installment of series, and by the time Microsoft pulled the plug on original Xbox Live support in 2010, the title played host to 5.4 billion games.
Speaking with GI International, Ryan said:
“I think Xbox Live wouldn’t have made it [without us]. I don’t think the Xbox would be where it is today without Bungie and without Halo. As a group, we provided both technical and creative guidance and thought leadership that really pushed the limits. We weren’t just a game developer using the service. We were integrated in the design of the service and how it worked. Systems for groups and matchmaking and skill ranking were all things that were pushed the furthest and the hardest by us.”
None can contest Halo’s tremendous success, but do you agree that Microsoft wouldn’t have been able to make Xbox Live a success without the franchise and Bungie’s support?