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.

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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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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!"

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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.

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Halo: The Fall of Reach amazing book.

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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!

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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....

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@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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Awww... look! He's new to FPS games!

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good job! you figured out what makes a first person shooter.

*pat on the back*

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great writer, hope he will be behind some great new titles.


Battlefield 3 Glitches

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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.

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Amazon has a gaming studio?

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@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

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@BlendThree @19James89 @hadlee73 I highly doubt the economy is effecting him.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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@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.

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

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Those two books were amazing!

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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.

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

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@thekingofirony ha! i bet it's another "Ouya" project-like. FAILURE

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I never knew Amazon had a game studio

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@freedom01 They want to get in to the console wars so it makes sense.

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@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.

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@freedom01 @jrcast84 True.

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@freedom01 I don't think they did either.

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Amazon Game Studios?

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

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

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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.

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