What is Bungie working on, now that the developers are finally done with Halo? The answer is still a closely guarded secret, of course, but I can tell you one thing with 100% certainty – they're working on it here.
This is Bungie's brand new home, an ultra-sleek, ultra-modern and ultra-geeky office building filled with toys, statues, trophies, replica weapons, wearable armor… and very intimidating security guards. Few people are allowed to visit this videogame mecca. Thanks to my behind-the-scenes photo tour, however, you can consider yourself one of them. Let's head inside!
Above: Bungie's front door. Obvious much? Not when you see the final photo, and just how well-hidden this front door actually is… keep scrolling!
Above: Bungie's bike rack. I'm guessing the decorations will evolve each time Bungie releases a new game
Above: Glorious. And note the clan tag, complete with "7"
Above: These are the first props you'll encounter upon entering
Above: The front lobby and security desk. This is as far into Bungie's lair as most people will ever get
Above: And this is as far as anyone, outside of Bungie employees with Bungie keycards, ever gets. I got chased by a guard simply for snapping this photo. No wonder, too – somewhere up those stairs, the developer's mysterious next project is underway
Above: Back in press-friendly territory, an endless hallway of Halo-plastered monitors and standees
Above: A few steps farther
Above: The extremely shiny Bungie awards cabinet. Wait, what's that note on the right?
Above: "Nipple incident"?! Whoa, why couldn't I have noticed this before I left… what a spectacular interview question that would have been!
Above: The other cabinet holds replica Halo weapons – do you recognize them all?
Above: Between the two cabinets are these two trophies. I don't know the stories behind them, but the metal fist had something to do with a "Bungie Pentathlon" while the metal plaque had something to do with the Seattle Mariners baseball team
Above: Look familiar? It's a chunk of the model battleground used in this famous Halo 3 launch commercial
Above: A different angle on the diorama. Master Chief? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Above: Seriously, check out the detail on this thing. Must've taken ages
Next page: Bungie's private theater, and a none-too-subtle declaration of independence from Microsoft