Halo writer joins Amazon

Prolific novelist and 13-year Microsoft veteran Eric Nylund now director of narrative design at Amazon Game Studios.

Halo novelist Eric Nylund has joined Amazon Game Studios as its director of narrative design, according to his updated LinkedIn profile page.

Nylund spent 13 years at Microsoft Game Studios as its director of narrative design. At that post, he led a team of producers and designers in creating stories for the company's stable of franchises.

He is also the author of numerous Halo novels, including Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: First Strike, among others.

It is not clear what Nylund is working on at Amazon. A Facebook post captured by CouchCampus quotes Nylund as saying, "I can't talk about specifics, but I wouldn't be there unless something cool was brewing."

Sources told Game Informer last week that Amazon is working on an Android-powered console, aiming to release the device by the end of 2013.

An Amazon representative was not immediately available to comment.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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52 comments
AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

Master Chief is gonna be an Amazon spokesperson now. "I ordered my heavy battle armor from Amazon. I got free shipping with my Prime membership, and it only took two days to arrive!"

DIGN
DIGN

What did Ouya do to deserve all this competition? All they wanted to do was make a home android based console that's dedicated to games. It was a good and original idea. 

The small chance the Ouya had to succeed is now gone.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Amazon has took on Apple and Samsung with the Kindle Fire. The show a lot of guts with that and now going against Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in the gaming sphere. I think what they will do though is more niche than anything. I can see it being more popular than the Ouya.

Amazon is my favorite place to show online and over any retailers but I wasn't interested in their tablets and won't be with their consoles. PS4 and XB1 FTW!

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

Yeah.... every big corporation wanting to cash in on the growing gaming market... Because that never lead to a video game crash before, right? Oh wait....

bouchart
bouchart

Amazon, a company that desperately aims for revenue growth even as earnings decline.  Not surprised to see they have a game studio, since they just flail around trying everything.  Hell, they'll probably get into the newspaper delivery business since Bezos bought the Washington Post.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Halo Fall of Reach was what turned me into a Halo fan. 

pengouin360
pengouin360

The  fall of reach book was amazing, he wrote such a epic story,  loved the halo universe ever since

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Halo is a great game!  Move 20 feet, shoot bad guys, move 20 feet shoot bad guys...

ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

He's a great writer. His books had too much military jargon for my taste, and I prefer the latest novels, but they were still awesome books. 

ghost590
ghost590

i want him to give me tips. i want to write amazing stories 

D1N02982
D1N02982

Cool I read Ghosts of Onyx and I really enjoyed it! He's a great author.

SharpBlades3
SharpBlades3

Jesus christ, I hope amazon doesn't let him anywhere *near* the marketing dept.

jayjay444
jayjay444

Anyone who says Halo has no story or has a shit story has never read the books or played a Halo game, trolls are everywhere. 

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

His Halo books were outstanding, much better than recent ones.

SRTBASH
SRTBASH

Those two books were amazing!

thekingofirony
thekingofirony

Amazons working on a console now?here comes the video crash again.there are way too many people making video games and consoles that the bubble will burst.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

I never knew Amazon had a game studio

instigator81
instigator81

Come on Eddie.  You need something better than this for troll bait for the weekend.

chronocommander
chronocommander

Getting pigeonholed into writing only one story for the rest of your life due to corporate greed rather than actual vision for the series or going for new opportunities in a blank-slate (but still large) company. It's a no-brainer when seen like this but I dunno about his personal circumstances, such a long tenure in a position like that could only end with some very good reasons.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Wait...Halo has a writer ? With a story as boring as Halo's I thought it was just put together by the developers during their lunch break. 

Bahamut50
Bahamut50

@MysteryJ0ker Yeah, except back then, we had only, only, oooooooooooonly shit games with like the odd gem. i find tons of games i enjoy nowadays. If amazon crashes and burns as hard as e.t, i doubt i'll care either way, and neither will most people.

BlendThree
BlendThree

@19James89 @hadlee73 I was thinking/ wondering the same thing. Seems like Nylund would be beyond writing material for Android games but I suppose money talks in these turbulent economic times.  I've read a few of his Halo books and couldn't really get into them but an interesting news clip just the same

hadlee73
hadlee73

@19James89 To go along with their upcoming Android console, I suppose.

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

@jayjay444 I've never read the books, but I found the story in the original to be quite fascinating, I don't know if the awe of the sci fi elements became dumbed down as the series progressed, but I had no idea they were based off books, or that books were even written.


I always thought halo to be shit, but liked the sci fi story, I'll check the books out.

BlendThree
BlendThree

@thekingofirony Agreed- they're flooding the market now. Having 10 Android consoles is only going to confuse the average consumer.

sgrmbagamespot
sgrmbagamespot

@blutosan they have had one for quite a while now.  Well rated games in their app store too.

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

@Sun-Tzu-GE Halo actually has several writers of which Nylund was the best (my opinion based on his novels). As with most book to (game/movie) translation. Something gets lost. There are 13 novels (14 if you count the graphic novel)

R2C25
R2C25

@Sun-Tzu-GE "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."-  Albert E.

Do yourself a favor and watch Halo Legends you"ignant" Son¥bot.

blutosan
blutosan

@Sun-Tzu-GE I'm pretty sure that is how the story of the first game and the Halo ring came together...just a bunch of programmers brainstorming in their free time.  But this guy's job as director of narrative design came after that and was more encompassing than Halo alone.  Notice that the article doesn't even say that he worked on any Halo games, just Halo novels.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@jrcast84 @freedom01 I think the only ones they would be challenging would be the OUYA since the new "console" they are making is supposed to play android games if I remember correctly.

D1N02982
D1N02982

@Sun-Tzu-GE @D1N02982 LOL you're probably one of those assholes who injects steroids all over there body and then calls themselves a bodybuilder.  

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@D1N02982 @Sun-Tzu-GE I find it funny that you call me obese since I'm an amateur bodybuilder lol.Shut the hell up kid.Fuck you and your precious halo.

D1N02982
D1N02982

@Sun-Tzu-GE OMG I just made a spelling mistake that pretty much everyone has made lol get lost you obese shit :)

D1N02982
D1N02982

@Sun-Tzu-GE @R2C25 Your a piece of shit :)

R2C25
R2C25

@Sun-Tzu-GE @R2C25 Next time put your teeth in your pocket or no $10 dolla. Gotta put ice on my junk because of you.