Bungie's emotional farewell to Halo: A dramatic reading

So, with its work on Halo finally done after ten long years, Bungie has commemorated this year's Bungie Day by bidding a fond and emotional farewell to the franchise that made its name, passing on earnest good wishes both to its fans, and to the new Microsoft team taking over the series.

In a blog post on, the studio has related not feelings of sadness, but of hope, both for the future of Halo and for the future of Bungie's upcoming works as it begins its new life after the Chief. It's all rather heartfelt, but being Bungie, slightly overblown in the gravitas stakes too. So while I have no doubt that the post was written with tongue placed somewhat within cheek, I felt that mere written text could not do Bungie's sentiments justice. Bungie's final words to the Halo community deserved something more. A more significant delivery. So I decided that a dramatic reading was necessary.

I called Simon Callow, but he was busy, so I made it myself. I have a beard so I think I'm pretty well qualified.

That's only a short exerpt though. Head over to for the full post, where the studio discusses the last days of Halo in its offices, the metamorphisis of both studio and website, and its "unwavering focus" on the future. Excting times. Here's crossing everything that Bungie's next universe proves as successful as the one it's leaving behind. And that it provides me with something else to theatrically bellow about soon.

July 11. 2011


  • Vader999 - August 21, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    if Bungie is working with Blizzard, then they should finish THE FPS that Blizzard promised us but turned into vaporware: Starcraft Ghost. Halo proves Bunige's power with FPS; let them finish Ghost for a brand new Bungie era!
  • DannyMB - July 12, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    PROFESSOR GRIZWALD! And yes, I did just let go of what little dignity I had left.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 12, 2011 4:04 p.m.

  • philipshaw - July 12, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Dave going all Blessed on us
  • UsernameLoser - July 12, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    This article reminds me of how Brett went through 5 360s through 15 months sometime 2007-2009.
  • meh - July 11, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Wait, I mean machinima became popular because of halo, bungie didn't make it. Woops XD
  • meh - July 11, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    I don't really think it was that overdramatic. I mean, they worked on this franchise for 10 years, pouring their heart and souls into making it into the best they thought it could be. They built a huge following, a community, and a genre of videos (Machinima) out these games. And now it's no longer theirs. I would be sad too.
  • inkyspot - July 11, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    No more Halos, just good bye? Tears from my eyes drip onto to the floor, at the thought of Bunji not doing Halo no more. Puring one on the block.
  • HankVenture - July 11, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    I love me some bungie, but I was definitely (really gotta learn how to spell that one day), getting tired of Halo even though Halo Reach was my favorite game, so far, I have spent the less time with it. But I do agree, bungie gets to over dramatic about what they do. I am still ready to nut over Halo 4 (hopefully it will go in a new artistic way) and ready to find out and hopefully enjoy bungies new game.
  • jackthemenace - July 11, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    I have no doubt that Bungie make good games, but i think their talent's been squandered on the Halo franchise. Admittedly, I enjoyed Reach, but, much like 'Plan10fromOuterSpace' (nice name, btw ;D ), I think leaving Halo behind them will let them establish themselves as good developers, OUTSIDE of the Halo universe.
  • Peguin - July 11, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Lol loved the dramatic reading, good work dave :)
  • ArmyNinja117 - July 11, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    really you didn't watch E3 this year it was the last announcement in the Xbox briefing
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 11, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    Im so sad to see Bungie leaving what is my favorite video game franchise behind, but i think its for the best, leaving Halo will hopefully allow them to establish themselves as more than 'the studio behind halo', lets not forget that Halo was not the first great game Bungie made, and hopefully it will not be the last
  • Smash_Bro - July 11, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Aw, that was short... I was hoping for the last three paragraphs, plus, "Thanks," and, "See you starside." Nevertheless, this is exactly what I heard in my head as I first read that "farewell" post. You guys come up with the most creative articles!
  • NubberzTheHedgehog - July 11, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Bungie's not doing halo 4? Didnt know that.

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