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Halo: Reach is developer Bungie's last Halo for at least 10 years

Now THAT’S an explosion. In an interview with Joystiq, Halo: Reach’s lead multiplayer designer, Lars Bakken, dropped an atomic bomb. Developer Bungie’s time on the Halo franchise is coming to an end… at least for now.

“This is our last Halo Bungie game…maybe ten years down the line we’ll decide to make another Halo game, but for now, yes. This is it for us,” said Bakken.

With the Halo franchise being one of the first defining factors in popularizing online console multiplayer and tea-bagging, this is sad, shocking news; however, with Reach being the 9 bazillionth iteration in the Halo series, it makes sense that Bungie would be ready to move on. And we have to say the Bungie-handled era of the series definitely seems to be going off with a bang.

Of course, publisher Microsoft owns the Halo franchise, so it could very easily just hand the “makin’ more Halos” duties off to another developer. For instance, publisher Activision currently has two, if not three different developers working on Call of Duty games, just to ensure there’s a new one every holiday season.

Feel free to share optimistic thoughts on the future of Halo and Bungie with your fellow GamesRadar-ites in the comments section. Or howl your fanboy contempt. Whatever.

Apr 21, 2010

16 comments

  • OmNomRomRearghNergh - April 22, 2010 6:37 a.m.

    Please Microsoft do not murder Halo like Activision is doing to Call of Duty. Please!
  • tacoman38 - April 21, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    well, starcraft did it, I guess Halo can too. Maybe make it 5 years? :)
  • FriendlyFire - April 21, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    I'm happy to hear this. Bungie is a fantastic developer and it's time they moved on from this universe. Now Bungie, Marathon, Myth or another series? ^^
  • lovinmyps3 - April 21, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Sooooo, what is Bungie going to do if it's not working on Halo? reCAPTCHA: cosponsorship glamored Uhhh, sure?
  • TheCleip - April 21, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    - thefarkinator I heard that to, infact i read about it in the same article i first heard about this game in, so i am pretty sure that it is, and was common knowledge. I think the real news here though is the; "maybe ten years down the line we’ll decide to make another Halo game" bit.
  • frmonth - April 21, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    Also they have left halo on a cliffhanger with the lengendary difficulty ending in halo 3 so do they exspect us to wait ten years to find out about that mysterious planet?
  • frmonth - April 21, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Wow, now I can't wait to see what Bungie will be working on the future, maybe not even an FPS although I don't know what else they could make seeing as the whole studio is made up of talent for shooters rather then anything else.
  • pepheb - April 21, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    I think its good since there's been too many halos in such a short time the break makes up for all the time speeding shit up
  • miningguyx360 - April 21, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    God damn its about time! I love Halo but seriously, a new IP would be nice. Don't bring back Marathon, Myth or Oni please I want a new universe. Bungie should also take a much more mature approach to their new IP (If one is in the works) don't pull a bulletstorm on us (even though it looks cool)
  • thefarkinator - April 21, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Hmmm... Didn't Bungie already say that this would be their last Halo project? (I'm a huge nerd and read their weekly updates, so I guess I can't blame anyone else for not knowing :P)
  • hatebreeder - April 21, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Well although I've finsihed the 3 main halo games and waster some time on the multiplayer, Halo was never really my thing. Most of its online community is what put me off playing mulitplayer on 360 for a good while. But Bungie are good at what they do so I hope they have some great IP's to move onto cause whatever they do will surely kick ass
  • Tronto13 - April 21, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    i agree with @blasto if bungie keep churning out Halo games it runs the risk of them becoming old and if they ever mess up it would ruin the Halo saga.
  • KrubKrum - April 21, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Its a sad thought, but I do think its time. They have been on halo since the dawn of time and I would really like to see some new and different ideas from Bungie. I love halo with a passion, but I know bungie could make a really sick game that doesn't have to do with Halo. I will never buy another Call of duty game again. Ever.
  • Blasto - April 21, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    I'm really happy that bungie is moving on. They have a very talented team and I can't wait for what's next. Hopefully we'll see bungie's new project at e3, probably not, but I can dream. And i'm sure we'll see a new halo in the near future. I'm sure 343 studios is already making one.
  • asswatcher - April 21, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    second, and goddamm, ten years is about half of my life, how could i do without halo for all that time
  • JC182 - April 21, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    FIRST!!!

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