Halo: Reach golden

Bungie wraps development on its final installment in acclaimed Xbox 360-exclusive sci-fi shooter franchise; "majority" of team has moved on to Activision project.

With nearly a month and a half left before launch, Bungie has completed its final installment in the Halo franchise. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Bungie executive producer Joseph Tung confirmed that Halo: Reach has gone gold in advance of its September 14 launch date for the Xbox 360.

For Bungie, the fight is finished.

"We went gold last night, so yeah, it's pretty much in the can," Tung said. "It's bittersweet for me personally. Everyone at Bungie loves the universe. We created the universe, have been working in it for 10 years. But I think everyone is really excited about what we are working on next."

As for what's next, Bungie is currently locked into a 10-year exclusivity deal with Activision Blizzard. As part of Activision Blizzard's postearnings conference call today, the publisher's chief operating officer, Thomas Tippl, confirmed that "the majority of the Bungie team is now focused on crafting their new universe." Though details on the all-new property are mostly nonexistent, Activision has confirmed that the game from the former Microsoft subsidiary will arrive on all major platforms, including the PlayStation 3.

Halo: Reach is set before the 2001 Xbox classic Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the series, and tells the story of the defense of Reach by a Spartan squad. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of the game.

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262 comments
vivendidoom
vivendidoom

@CaptainHerlock So your asking as to why I have listed games that are "apparently" first person shooters. And wheres the story? Ok wow, and you use little big planet as an example for story? little big planet is essentially a creation game and level editor (very addictive but def not story driven). The game is set up to play with the creative mind. Not to be story driven. Gears of war 3 is a 3rd person shooter. Means the camera is over the characters shoulder to separate you from the character in order to focus on the story neutrally. I have also listed ninja gaidan, fable and others. But instead you stick to your eyes and not actually read how im saying every console is trying its best to make money. Unfortunately Nintendo and Sony are not doing so well. Sony cant make its cosole like the flag holding ps2 cause that's a top seller. Only special companies like pixar can pump year winning title after title. Nintendo lost the war and is trying to stay with the gang, kinda like a group of kids running down the street and the fat one trying to keep up (but every group needs a fat kid). With Sony's new loss of support, easily hackable interface, and not a clue of who hacked or jacked the system, microsofts online has gone unharmed, been updated, and it doesn't take decades to put in a new game and play it. the point is clearly, Microsoft is doing something right to make sure their product stays in costumers hands. Regardless of how people grew up on different consoles.

gq_cjc
gq_cjc

@RitsukoEX Oh really? who? I didn't know that otherwise I wouldn't have left that stupid first comment I did lol

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@gq_cjc Microsoft already made a team to make Halo games!

gq_cjc
gq_cjc

If MS would make another halo game I'd vote for either Bethesda or have Bioware do it. But that's just imo. Could be great they both know how to write epic stories and have very good game play elements. Could be epic.

EliteNamedSteve
EliteNamedSteve

I have mixed feelings about Bungie working for Activision. I am afraid what will happen to them. Everyone claims they are safe, that they will maintain their identity and their integrity, but I still worry. All I can do is trust in the company that has produced the best series there is. Best of luck Bungie! Cant wait to see what amazing piece of art comes next.

shmorkie
shmorkie

bungie is not dead they just finished halo now they can move into new territories that everybody can play i think its great

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Halo will never appear on another console because its a microsoft owned franchise, Bungie just developed it for them, wtf is with everyone rattling on that it will apear on ps3? Jokers lol. Bungie will never make another Halo. Its entirely possible that Microsoft will get another studio to make another Halo game. I personally would like to see what happened to the chief but if it isn't done by Bungie I would be quite apprehensive.

7Vightfall
7Vightfall

@RedlineRPM Bungie's not dead:) Halo is:(

RedlineRPM
RedlineRPM

R.I.P Bungie. I stop traffic with the rims I'm sitting on.

JJB03
JJB03

imagine if at activision they were just like "yeah we could release a brand new ip and something that no one has ever seen befor but why do that when we could just milk halo dry alll over again so chop chop lets crack on halo 5: the return of master chief and cortana, and release it on all platforms this will sell like hot cakes ooo and lets make the online multiplayer more like COD yeaaaaahhhhh!"

PvtCaboose23
PvtCaboose23

Well that's good for them, kind of curious on what they are working on next.

thesuggestion
thesuggestion

@CaptainHerlock You are correct, Microsoft did find the right strategy with online gaming, that's why its so much better than the PS3. PS3 is free but since its free you have all these dial up people playing online lagging up multiplayer. I have both systems and the system I use the most is the 360. My PS3 just gathers dust now, no good games, crappy online... I regret ever buying it sometimes.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

good for them. bungie has gone above and beyond with the halo series. all that's left to say is, "thanks for the memories."

King_Wii
King_Wii

You know it'd be nice if they'd release the Halo games in their X360 forms on PC... I'm just a huge PC fan myself and I like my mouse+keyboard.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

I hope Activision will treat Bungie better than they treated Infinity Ward. And I can guarantee that if Bungie's next project becomes popular, Activision will milk it dry.

packers91
packers91

I'll miss Halo after this, but I don't think they should ruin the series by releasing some mediocre non Bungie Halo games to flesh out the story, they should just continue with the books and such.

wOnKaCatalyst
wOnKaCatalyst

i worry that bungie's new project will interfere with reach's support over the next couple of years... sure hope not.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@Vivendidoom Recently Activision CEO Robert Kotick stated that the most widely played game on the 360 was (wait for it...) Modern Warfare 2. Gears, and Bioshock (which can be found on the PS3 as well) are great in their own right, however the biggest gun and main draw is STILL Halo. Without Halo, it would be Modern Warfare. Also is it any coicidence that every game you mentioned is a shooter? Where are the whimsical games like Little Big Planet for the 360? Or something in the vein of a modern super hero like inFAMOUS? And where is DC Online? Oh that's right, on the PS3. For a system that lacks good online support, it seems that Warner Bros. has opted to exclusively release their online super hero role playing game on the PS3, rather than on the 360. Just because the PSN is free, doesn't make it any worse. Microsoft keeps telling you Live is better so that they will keep nickel and diming you, and it seems to be working. As for bridging the gap between "system to system matches", if you're referring to the ability to play across different platforms, it will not happen. That's a pipe dream that gamers have been clinging to for the last few years, hoping everyone will be "swell guys" and play nice with each other. It simply will not happen.

damo320
damo320

@ jmartinez1983 Yeah you're right about licensing the IP if the license dictates such availability to other developers. However "Bungie" themselves won't be "pumping out" more then 3 games for Activision in their 10yr deal. That's all that matters really - Bungie get to spend decent time making decent games rather than churning out rubbish games in a short timeframe.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

I'm pretty sure the mechanics are what established the franchise as a winner though... graphically it aint top notch but you cant really say it's flawed. Gameplay is the shining gold key though and man does it look good/improved in this one. You bet it's in my top anticipated list.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

@damo320: Like Call of Duty, each game doesn't have to be made by the main developer. Off year games are made by some other dev. So yes, you could see yearly sequels of whatever the series is, just not all done by Bungie. Don't doubt it for a second that Activision will fail to squeeze the life out of any franchise created by Bungie.

vivendidoom
vivendidoom

@ CaptainHerlock Both systems have their ups and downs. But Everyone who games for online heads to 360 for performance and online usage...PS3 has horrible support for online, bottom line. But if you compare library to library of games as to who has the most exclusives, and high polished titles, its Microsoft (regardless of how big their library is compared to Sony). Elusive titles that work great and are fun to play with others include The Gears series, bioshock (which after a long while got ported) condemned, dead or alive...originally Ninja Gaiden and with more gore, they stole Sony's thunder FF13, The Fable series, Left4dead, and so on. Bungie made a great series and made it so Sony could not claim it. Did you ever thing that this new universe they are creating might actually cross the platforms on purpose? Not to take over anything but maybe, just maybe might be able to bridge the gap between system to system matches?.....forgot one last thing....PS3 owners STILL have yet to experience more games in HD with antialiasing

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

that means they have to produce 200,000 copies a day for the next 30 days, good luck.

Raiken56
Raiken56

i know halo is "the biggest bullet in the chamber" or whatever you said. but the 360 still has games. You know some people in 360 hate Halo

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@Raiken56 Halo is the biggest bullet they have in the chamber. It's the reason why many, MANY gamers bought a 360, and it's the reason why they still have one, even though it's probably broken more times than they've played it (hyperbole people). Bungie is now free to make games for any platform they please. Including the PS3.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@digi-demon You know darn well they won't put the Halo series "to bed", as long as gamers are tripping over themselves to buy it. I don't want to sound over zealous, but if you really stop and think about it, without Halo what really seperates the 360 from the PS3? Alan Wake? Microsoft needs Halo more than Bungie needs Microsoft.To paraphrase Jeremy Clarkson, you could put "Halo" on a plate of sick and gamers would buy it.

Raiken56
Raiken56

Patrick Seybold backed it up with a Twitter post, saying, "Marrying [Bungie's] creative minds and incredible talent to the power of PS3 will be like giving PS3 fans Halo on steroids." ... what a fail, at life.

Raiken56
Raiken56

i dont really understand the deal here, Bungie is going to make games for the ps3 ? and xbox has Epic Games making Gears. They dont need to worry. they have games such as crackdown and mass effect

damo320
damo320

@jmartinez1983 The Bungie deal with Activision is 3 games over a period of 10yrs as far as I know. So I doubt you'll be seeing a game every year pumped out.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Look, do you stop supporting your favorite football club if when the last seasons top players leave or are transferred???.... exactly. IMO its the same difference. Problem here is its the Halo franchise that needs to be put to bed now and I reckon Bungie have done the right thing by moving on. Pity H Kojima cant take a leaf....

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Here's hoping Bungie's next project ISN'T an FPS and isn't run into the ground with yearly sequels like every other game Activision makes.

UbeR_NooB_24
UbeR_NooB_24

coming out in sept... i cant wait that long anymore!

Diorte
Diorte

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idiotthethird
idiotthethird

@Slacker6000 Yeah, the game is ready... so, they should release the one copy they have made now? Dude, they have to make millions of disks, and package thousands of Legendary and Limited bundles. This sort of thing doesn't magically happen the instant they finish the software.

zync-
zync-

Mnnnn... we have to think Microsoft still own the Halo, when this come for all platforms, still microsoft go to gain money also for the sell of PS3 so.......Microsoft WIN? XD Or Fail? What do u think?

dkdk999
dkdk999

the ps3 is rivaling if not surpassing the 360 in shooters. And bungie was their main exclusive developer. microsoft needs to find some more exclusive developers and quick.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

"Activision has confirmed that the game from the former Microsoft subsidiary will arrive on all major platforms, including the PlayStation 3. " If that is true, folks are gonna go crazy. Multiplatform FTW lol

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

@quadrimohi haha activision wish they could mess with bungie... unlike IW activision owns then. but with bungie they only own the IP not bungie.

shiny5
shiny5

Imagine if they made a cross between Call of Duty (the new ones like CoD 6, and 4) and Halo 3. Like you'd play as a UNSC marine (not an ODST), in the Halo universe obviously, but the gameplay and graphics and everything would be from Call of Duty. huh huh huh, how bout it??

quadrimohi
quadrimohi

Call of duty: Future Warfare by BUNGIE... Keep dreaming... Infinity ward and treyarch only makes COD, but dunno if it will be the same before the big lawsuit. Activision better not screw with bungie like they did with Infinity Ward!

Slacker6000
Slacker6000

Ok so the game is ready now why not release it in a week or two instead of a month? Just to stick to the release date is stupid.

Petch1984
Petch1984

Will people buy Halo 4 if/when a new team other than Bungie make it? For me the series was tied up - I mean the whole war ended. All that's left is Reach, another spin-off but one that I'm looking forward to. Without the original team I will lose interest - imagine a sequel to your favourite album but done by another band.

XxFulgrimxX
XxFulgrimxX

dean0null, I am not really doubting a Halo 4. However I do doubt the fact that when it does come out (not IF but WHEN) that it will have the name of Halo 4.

dean0null
dean0null

Fulgrim, you are correct except for the fact that 343 Industries is taking over the Halo Franchise and will likely produce a Halo 4. However, I'd be surprised to see a Halo 4 before the next gen consoles come out.

XxFulgrimxX
XxFulgrimxX

Wow I like how many people actually have no idea what they are talking about: 1. Halo is an IP owned by Microsoft NOT Bungie. 2. Halo 3 IS the last game in the series, the Halo series that is, Halo Wars and ODST has been nothing but spinoffs.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Oh yeah! I have my copy pre-ordered! I hope 343 Ind. will take over and fix any bugs the game may have and offer future DLC.