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?

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3 Comments on Bungie President: Xbox Live Wouldn’t Have Made It Without Halo


On November 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

As someone who has been an xbox owner since 2003, I would have to say while xbox live had a few good titles like mechassault before halo 2 came out, halo 2 was probably to xbox live what halo 1 was to the console as a whole, it took it from something cool to something majorly popular and important and I think saying xbox live would be very different assuming it still existed without halo isn’t being too arrogant


On November 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

He’s 100% correct. Without Halo the original Xbox would have died, and without its sequels, Xbox Live would have died. Who the hell wants to pay for the “privilege” of playing online, anyways?


On November 20, 2012 at 2:51 am

Can’t argue with Mr Ryan there, because if Halo was the xbox’s killer app, then Halo 2′s multiplayer was xbox live’s killer app.