The Halo franchise is one of the most successful video gaming series known to man. The franchise has been exclusive to Microsoft, having over 40 million units sold to date. The popular franchise has an extremely loyal and active fan base, and the studio giant Bungie (the maker of the series) has decided to test their ability with another console, and another series.
Going against the current, Bungie decides to drop their success with Halo and venture out to create a whole other realm of gaming as they team up with Activision-Blizzard. There is some good news after all, as Bungie plans on creating something “bigger and better than ever before” according to the studio, as they will have an “unwavering focus” on their next project. The company has been around since 2001, and over the past few weeks the studio has been celebrating their twenty years of success.
The famed company came about in 1991, when an undergraduate from the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian, began to work on a series of small time games, eventually breaking through with Halo in 2001.
The Halo series will continue to exist though, so need to worry diehard fans. Bungie claims that the franchise is in good hands, as Bungie will officially disown Halo on August 2, 2011. Despite this news, Microsoft is still rolling out a new member to the series, Halo: Combat Evolved (Halo: Anniversary) this November. The new game is rumored to have Xbox Kinect support along with a total ground-up makeover.
Kinect will over run the game though, as the core-gameplay is still intact. “It’s no surprise we’re exploring ways Kinect can enhance game experiences in authentic and meaningful ways,” said Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer in an interview. “The Kinect features we’re exploring with Halo: Anniversary are additive and will not affect the core gameplay experience or alter our mission of delivering a faithful recreation of the original game. That said we have nothing else to share just yet.”