Bungie claims MMO announcement was a joke

Hey, remember when Bungie's lead network engineer, David Aldridge, announced the studio's next project was a massively multiplayer action game? Remember how we all laughed and high-fived each other because we knew it was too crazy to be true? No? You took that seriously? Well, good sir, it appears your sarcasm detector is in woeful need of repair, because according to Bungie, it was all a big joke.

Shortly after Aldridge produced a slide referring to an unnamed MMO project (one that would most definitely not be “WoW is space,” he later clarified) at GDC, Bungie posted a statement to its blog dismissing his announcement as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the MMO rumors circling the studio, explaining:

“Now, in rehearsal Aldridge was convinced that everybody got the joke. It was all in the delivery, he assured us, and he was certain it was clear that he was playfully riffing off of the recent rumors. Unfortunately, most people can’t figure David out – they can’t process him. And we don’t expect them to. You can’t process David Aldridge with a normal brain. You’d need tiger blood and Adonis DNA.”

Bungie also posted an email from Aldridge, claiming, “FYI. The tape will exonerate me, but I'm sorry anyway. :(.”

Above: Aldridge's slide was winning, duh!

We don't know what's funnier: the fact Bungie has a solid handle on Charlie Sheen quotes, or it's really hoping the gaming community forgets all about this MMO hilarity so it can announce the project to greater effect at a later date *coughE32011cough*. Sorry, must be something in our throats.

[Source: Bungie via Eurogamer]

Mar 7, 2011

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  • BadCompanyBrik - March 8, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    @RicePuddingUK Who said Bungie doesn't like MMOs? They're just saying they aren't making one. "... he was playfully riffing off of the recent rumors." Also that. I thought the source might have been me posting that on the original article last night, but that might be a bit long for the square brackets...
  • UberNoob - March 8, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    @Security77 Yes, we do. And we will NOT speak of the horror that Activision with bring upon us!
  • chriszewski - March 7, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Still, a bit early for an "April Fools," no?
  • majorianmask - March 7, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    they are working on COD future warfare. and when they announce that we will all believe it was another joke
  • Security77 - March 7, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    You guys above me do know that Bungie has repeatedly stated they are moving on from Halo. They're working for Activision for God's sake!
  • UberNoob - March 7, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Those lying sons of a...
  • TBRays - March 7, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    wow. bungie are a bunch of idiots. halo's getting old, and then they play a "joke", so funny. im not a bungiw fan but a developer shouldnt tell their fans something they want to hear then just go back on, assholes
  • Sy87 - March 7, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Good we don't need a halo mmo. Halo is getting old really fast. Jumping is useless!!!
  • RicePuddingUK - March 7, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    Oh my god! Bungie! hahaha! I love you! haha, you make me Lol! NOT! What's wrong with an MMO? What a "Respectful" and "prestigous" company such as yourselves aren't allowed to "lower" yourself to an MMO? I mean I hate MMO's but I also hate you too
  • farsided - March 7, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    little did we know, but the statement about the MMO announcement being a joke was actually a joke itself. We're probably 3 or 4 levels deep into Bungie's joke at this point. *queue inception music* DUUUUUUUN!!!!
  • Outlander - March 7, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Bungie trolled us. Oh well, I'm just glad their project is not a MMO.
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 7, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    The backed off when they knew Charlie would give it an 8. But seriously I don't see how that was funny at all.
  • oryandymackie - March 7, 2011 6:19 p.m.

  • Nodoudt - March 7, 2011 6:17 p.m.

  • TrojanGold - March 7, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Ah hah, haha, soo...funny....? The fuck?

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