It's an ominous headline, to be sure. Though Microsoft has historically pursued companies with technology that outstrips its own to improve its software portfolio, and despite already assimilating FASA Interactive and Access Software into the collective, the purchase of Bungie was a surprise. Problems with Oni
's development (now a Take 2 property) and the disappointing sales of the excellent Myth series (also jettisoned to Take 2) certainly hindered Bungie's demand to be a big-time player in game development and publishing. "We were thinking about what we would do over the next few years to grow and survive," says Alex Seropian, Bungie's CEO. "It was very obvious that this would change things for the better in a big way."
...All parties involved have dodged the pointed question of whether Halo
will be an X-Box-only title -- the standard response has been, "No decision has been made yet."
..."Most games we release for X-Box will be exclusive. Only a few very special games will work well on both PC and on X-Box," confirms Fries, leaving the door open for Halo
to be one of those "special" titles.
..."It was a joke throughout our history that we would be bought by Microsoft," says Seropian of Bungie's pround independent roots.