Microsoft and Bungie to go their separate ways

It seems Bungie have earnt their freedom by providing Microsoft with the giant that is Halo 3. It’s been rumored but today it’s official.

“Microsoft Corp. today announced a plan for Bungie Studios, the developers of the Halo franchise, to embark on a path to become an independent company. Microsoft will retain an equity interest in Bungie at the same time continuing its long standing publishing agreement between Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie for the Microsoft owned “Halo” intellectual property as well as other future properties developed by Bungie.”

Who knows what’s in store for Bungie in the future but we can only hope that their independance from Microsoft breeds new levels of creativity and we see some ground-breaking titles from them that aren’t related to Halo.