Bungie To Hand Halo Franchise To 343 Industries March 31st
The end of the first age of Halo is finally coming to an end. Bungie announced today via a post to Bungie.net that the final transfer of all Halo data to new Microsoft-created 343 Industries will complete on March 31st. At that time, Bungie will no longer have any connection to the series they created. Fortunately, this doesn’t bode ill for Halo. This move was announced all the way back in 2006 when Bungie announced they would be splitting from Microsoft to become an independent LLC. They’ve played an active part in the lengthy transition and in fact, 343 Industries’ creative director is former Bungie staffer Frank O’Connor. So if you like Halo, and I do, then rest assured the series is in good hands.
343 Industries is currently working on Halo 4, slated for release at the end of 2012.
The full announcement is as follows:
Last summer, Bungie and 343 Industries began a transition process for Halo data. On March 31st, 2012 that transition process will be complete, all live Halo data will be managed by 343 Industries, and Bungie will no longer be able to update game stats and player service records, to host new user generated content, or to operate the Bungie Pro service. All currently supported, Bungie-developed Halo titles will be impacted by this change.
Any replacement functionality, and all future Halo support, will be provided by Microsoft and 343 Industries via Halo Waypoint at http://halo.xbox.com.
Bungie will preserve all existing historical Halo data on Bungie.net for as long as the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.
Thanks for making the Halo-era version of Bungie.net more successful than we could have possibly imagined. You complete us.
See you starside.