Friday, July 28, 2006

Bungie After Halo

Very little right now is known about Halo 3, with a trailer shown this year at E3 2006 and not much said about the game. Halo 3 is the final chapter in an epic trilogy, and will not ruin itself through games like Halo Tennis or Halo Party 47. But what comes after Halo 3, which is sure to be a great success. Rumors have been flying around the internet that Bungie is already in preproduction of a new IP, which is possibly the third or Forerunner to the Marathon and Halo games, making three epic trilogies into one story the gaming world will never forget. Nylund, a mind behind Gears of War, is planning on making a new IP exclusively for the Xbox 360, but will it be associated with Bungie? Bungie denied Nylund's rumors, and Nylund himself said that he was sorry for the confusion. So this means two seperate and new IPs, from the best game creators in the industy, only on the Xbox 360. Nylund's Game: "After talking a bit about his current project, the eagerly anticipated Gears of War, Nylund talks about his forthcoming project. "What am I working on next? Well, if you took all the best parts of your favorite games, and smashed them together at light speed with your favorite movies and books, you'd get something close to this," he said. "It's not announced yet, but as soon as Microsoft does, I can at least tell you the title, genre, and what particular thing makes this game goose-bump worthy. So stay tuned." And now for Bungie:

Nylund's comments and his Halo connection helped resurrect rumors that Bungie is working on a project called "Forerunner," a free-roaming action game set in the Halo universe before the events of Halo. Further weight was thrown behind the theory by an article on the less-than-reputable-but-often-accurate UK gaming site SPOnG. The site's editors claim to have learned that Bungie will be announcing a new IP at X06, its forthcoming European Xbox expo.

"Speaking to a Microsoft source close to the management of the entire Xbox 360 project today, we were told that, 'As far as things stand, Halo 3 is the last game [in the series].' ... A new game from Bungie, not Halo 4, will be announced soon and pre-production has begun." According to SPOnG, "Another trilogy, likely a prequel, will be announced at some point in the next 12 months."

Very interesting. I sure can't wait for Bungie's next game, as they are an awesome team that could make another killer app maybe later in the Xbox 360's lifespan. Also Nylund's project sounds interesting, especially since he is behind Gears of War, a key Xbox 360 game. I look forward to X06 in late September to hear Nylund's official announcement and hopefully some more information about Halo 3 and Bungie's future project. Source

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