It isn’t news that Bungie is done with Halo. The last Halo title from the franchise’s original creators was Reach, and fans knew that it would be the final game in that series from the much loved studio. The brand, going forward, belongs to Microsoft and 343 Industries.
Yesterday, Bungie officially announced that their responsibilities with the Halo community, like stat pooling, hosting, updates and support, will be over for good in roughly two months time. Halo no longer belongs to Bungie, folks…
Last summer, Bungie and 343 Industries began a transition process for Halo data. On March 31st, 2012 that transition process will be complete, all live Halo data will be managed by 343 Industries, and Bungie will no longer be able to update game stats and player service records, to host new user generated content, or to operate the Bungie Pro service. All currently supported, Bungie-developed Halo titles will be impacted by this change.
Any replacement functionality, and all future Halo support, will be provided by Microsoft and 343 Industries via Halo Waypoint at http://halo.xbox.com.
The note goes on to read that any historical data for Halo will be kept alive for as long as ” the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.” We assume that will be a long time.
Hopefully 343 Industries can prove their prowess with the Halo brand now that Bungie is officially done with the project and all of its side affairs. Speaking as a player of the games since the original, this feels downright strange. Not bad, not good, just…strange.
We’ll have whatever multiplatform title Bungie is set to show the world next once they do so.