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Behind the scenes: Bungie's new headquarters

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

19 comments

  • super0sonic - November 24, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    WOW and YAY
  • philipshaw - November 23, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Cool office, hope they make Oni 2 there
  • Aletheon - November 23, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    Compared to other studios, it appeared kind of cheap or generic......can't put my finger on it.....
  • beezn - November 23, 2010 7:21 a.m.

    Yet another reason to visit Seattle.
  • mufasa95 - November 23, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Damn the new offices lookin sick. I still skate those stairs. just up the hill from the set you see is the first 5 stair i ever 180d. I cant beleive all this time ive been walking to the transit center ive been walking past shooter HQ!
  • igothitwithabulb - November 23, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    Wow, that place is really awesome. I can remember seeing footage of the Bungie Pentathlon, and thinking that that's where I want to work when I grow up.
  • bron1417 - November 23, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    their new HQ is sexy!!
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - November 23, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    @FlikNightshade no, they just shanked Charlie while he was leaving with a shiv and told him to warn the others.
  • Stabby_Joe - November 22, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I was too fixated on that Trow statue from Myth despite it being mostly Halo.
  • lovinmyps3 - November 22, 2010 11 p.m.

    Really nice office. I wonder what they're working on behind that door...
  • batmanboy11 - November 22, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    Their new office is awesome!
  • nightmare17 - November 22, 2010 10 p.m.

    well, now. It looks like they will have more assets to liquidate once their next 2 games flop and the studio goes under.
  • SausageLozenge - November 22, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    I'd work there
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 22, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    Holy shit, I didn't know THAT's where they were located - I've been in that area tons of times. I'm off to plan a infiltration mission to see what they're making.
  • FlikNightshade - November 22, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    You mean they didn't kick you guys out for having given Reach an 8?
  • Fenny12 - November 22, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Damn, that is amazing. To think they made their first games in a shitty apartment.
  • atomicsandman - November 22, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    Wow, never would've thought all that was in mall
  • oryandymackie - November 22, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    Ever thought that this IS the project they're working on? Just saying.
  • Aeshir - November 22, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    Dayummm!

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