If you are counting the days until E3 kicks off this year in hopes to hear more about the upcoming projects from Halo developers Bungie, you're going to be sad. Bungie has announced that it will not be at E3 in any official capacity. Furthermore, the game developers say not to expect any announcements at the show.
If you're curious about when the next-generation Microsoft and Sony consoles will be coming out, well lucky for you someone decided to read through page after page of boring legal jargon to find the Activision and Bungie may have ousted potential launch date windows for each platform. Activision and Bungie have firmed up plans to forge a publishing deal together, and as a complete formality they have to submit legal paperwork about the terms of the joint partnership.
We know that Bungie Studios, the developer behind the mega-hit Halo franchise, is hard at work on another intellectual property (IP), which will be published by Activision and head to major consoles and PCs alike. However, details about what that project is are non-existent outside of the Bungie compound. However, thanks to some new copyright claims, as well as some web domains associated with those claims, we may have a small glimpse as to what is coming down the pipe.
If you're someone who wants to be involved in something slightly secret, and be one of the first to know about an upcoming projects from one of the most high-profile video game developers in the world, then here's your shot to make it happen. Bungie has formally announced that the developer is opening up a casting-call of sorts. What they're looking for? Someone to fill in the Beta Tester shoes. And, surprisingly enough, the process is a pretty straight forward one.
Bidding on things from eBay is a daily occurrence for some people out there. The thrill of winning, or losing, and sometimes even getting something pretty cool out of it, too, is all reason enough to keep trying your luck in the global auction. In this case, you could start bidding on a replica helmet from Halo: Reach, worn by the knife-wielding character Emile.
Despite the fact that we're knee deep in the advancements of technology here, we still have a major soft spot for LEGOs. Especially when they get put to use other than buildings forts (though, those can be pretty cool, too). This time around, we get to see what it would look like to be the Master Chief, from Bungie's prodigal Halo series of video games, exclusively available for Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles.
There's no doubt that publisher Activision has been on a bit of a roll as of late, especially with mega-hits like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and more recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops breaking records in the entertainment market. But, that's obviously not going to stop them from focusing on the future, and one way to make sure that you have a strong library of titles coming down the pipe is to secure strong developers. Bungie, the makers of Halo, were picked up by Activision not too long ago, and now it looks like Bungie's ready to go multi-platform, more than likely thanks to a big push from Activision.
Halo: Reach was the last Halo-based title from the series' creator, Bungie Studios. But that doesn't mean that the Halo story is over and done with. It's been known for a long time now that Microsoft planned on making more games based in the universe. The main speculation was about who would be making the games, along with when these titles would be released. It's now known that 343 Studios, consisting of a lot of former employees from Bungie Studios, will now take the Halo helm, and it seems that Microsoft is now clearing up (at least a little bit) when they plan on these future games coming out.
There's no doubt that Microsoft pushes a lot of its money into the marketing behind one of its largest marketable products. Halo has been a money factory for the Redmond-based company, as well as Bungie Studios (the studio developing the First Person Shooter (FPS), so to see a huge marketing campaign kicked off before the release of the title is no surprise at all. And, with only a handful of hours to go for those in the UK, seeing a man dressed up like a Spartan take flight in a jetpack may just be outrageous enough to get a fence-sitter to spend the cash on the upcoming blockbuster.
The video game industry is a tough one. It's just as fierce and competitive as any other market in the tech world, and so it's no wonder that someone from Microsoft would boast some pretty fantastic predicted results for the upcoming title Halo: Reach. And when competition is brought up, First Person Shooter (FPS) titles Halo and Call of Duty are the two bodies entered into the title fight. With Reach and Black Ops set to release within arm's reach of one another, talk about sales numbers is starting to heat up.