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Exit Infinity Ward and enter Bungie!! Activision’s Makes a Deal!

Amazing! Bungie may work on Activision Titles!!  Master Chief Cameo in Call of Duty!! yeah baby!  read on… big news!

Bungie is now working with Activision for 10 Years! .   Thomas Tippl, COO of Activision Blizzard and Harold Ryan, President of Bungie announced the deal today.   The deal announced that they have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie’s next big action game universe to market and is under Bungie’s control, Bungie Studio’s  community manager Brian Jarrard told Kotaku today.  Also re-iterated on the Activision media page “Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property.”  - see video at Activision’s Broadcast media center

According the press release ….”We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said  Ryan.  ”From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.”

From the Activision Blizzard side, “Bungie is one of the premier studios in our industry and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with their talented team over the next decade,”  said Tippl

He went on further and said “Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry’s best creative talent. Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities.”

According the breaking story from Kotaku an Interview with Brian Jarrard “With the scale and ambition of what we hope to accomplish with our next universe — how bold we want it to be and how much time we want people to spend in our universe, and the types of stories we want to tell — it is going to take our best and brightest minds of our studio to make this vision a reality. It is going to take everything we have to pull this off.”

Although we think this deal has nothing to do with the Infinity Ward fiasco. But the Press Release does indicate that Bungie and Activision have  been in negotiations for nine months on this deal.    We all know that the Execs at infinity ward were mentioned in an SEC filing not much before the start of these negotiations.   Could it be that ATVI knocked on Bungie’s door after realizing the IW issues were irreparable ?   The Timing of everything just seems uncanny.   According to Jarrard from a UGO interview he states that… Bungie may work on Activision titles.    ”It’s a discussion that might come up, but they partnered with us specifically based on the vision that we have, and the universe and games that we want to bring to the world in the next decade,” he said.  ”Who’s to know if there are other discussions where we have chances to work together in other areas, but that wasn’t one of the core talking points in making this deal.”

Activision is now going to be the and we mean the definitive world wide gaming company.  With a team like Bungie joining them for their next joint product and the Future of the COD MW franchise, man! this is going to be one mega company!  Nice little spike today in the market!.   Activsion Blizzard will announce earnings on May 6th.   Start studying your technical analysis, there are some significant signs to pay attention to and monitor.  We’re just saying that this is pretty big news right after the Infinity Ward snafu  and that ATVI shows no sign of wear!!!

ATVI Stock Chart on the Announcement of Bungie Alliance

Best of luck to Bungie and Team and hope this doesn’t end up like Infinity Ward. Certainly Activision did not look good to gamers after that debacle. Bungie seems much more attuned to aggressive partners and it showed with the amicable and productive split they had with Microsoft.

All the best!


Filed under: Breaking Game News, Bungie Plans, Halo: Reach

Birth of a Spartan Halo: Reach Television Spots are Out!

The release of a Spartan Halo Reach television spots for commercial announcement of the upcoming video game have started to be broadcast.   The airing of the commercials were in the UK and various parts of the US.   Just like the promotions for Halo 3 surrounding John-117 we expect to see more akin the Halo 3 commercial spots. The Halo 3 releases were also touching on John-117′s childhood and growth to a spartan on the planet Reach, although briefly you got the sense of a deep story. This is the first of many about the Noble Team and of course it starts off with Carter, the Spartan-III Commander.

Carter becomes the Spartan-III Commander of UNSC Naval special war command and leader Noble Team an elite group super soldiers, Spartans from the fall of reach. This screen shot shows Carter facing his armor!

Carter Birth o fa Spartan

Filed under: Breaking Game News, Featured, Halo Reach Armor, Halo: Reach, Previews, Release Dates, Trailer, Videos, Xbox Live


The first images of the Halo:Reach Special editions have been released.  The Legendary and the Limited will be available for pre-Order from outlets like GameStop.    Much like Halo 3 , Halo Reach will be available in the regular game disc package for $60, but for die hard fans of Halo the packages will include Limited and a Legendary package.    The image below is the  Legendary Package.

Halo Reach Legendary Edition

What’s included in the Limited and Legendary Halo Reach Boxed sets are:
For $80 The Limited Includes
1) Exclusive set of Spartan and Elite (not verified) armor for use in multiplayer play!

2) Artifact Bag that contains the journal of Dr. Halsey ONI scientist significant member of the Spartan II soldier program.
3) the Halo: Reach Game Disc

For $150 The Legendary Version contains all of the above plus:
4) The Entire package inside a recovered Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) Black Box!
5) A Noble Team Statue from McFarlane Toys, featuring all the Spartans, Emile, Jorge, Kat, Carter, Jun in full battle armor. (apparently this thing weighs 10 lbs!!)

Here’s the Limited Edition:

All in all pretty good collection for any Halo fan. Now I can use my Halo 3 Legendary Helmet and this statue as bookends to my entire collection of Halo comics, graphic novels and paperbacks!


Filed under: Collectables, Cool Halo Stuff, Halo Books, Halo Reach Armor, Halo: Reach, Images, Pictures, Previews

Halo Reach Weapons and Spartan Abilities


      Why does Bungie love to torture us?  It’s bad enough that we still have to wait a month for the Halo: Reach beta to come out but now we have Bungie teasing us weapons and gameplay of the beta.  Bungie released a few images of some weapons and they gave us a little info on the different Spartan abilities and gameplay.  Before we start talking about the weapons and abilities, let’s first talk about the gameplay. 


     If you look at the image at the top, you see different classes with different weapons and abilities.  In Reach these are called loadouts.  In the game you just pick one of those classes and you spawn with those weapons.  Now, if you spawn with those weapons it doesn’t mean that those are the only weapons you can use,  if you find a weapon on the floor then you can pick it  up, but the spartan ability you are assigned in the class you chose cannot be changed.  What’s cool about the loadouts is that in different playlists there will be different loadouts.  Sadly, there will be no dual wielding in Halo:Reach but with all the neat things Bungie is adding I think we will be able to manage just fine.   


    Now, people may have heard that there will be a Spartan ability where you have invincibility for a short while.  This may sound very cheap and unfair at first but it turns out that even though you are protected for a while, you can’t move and enemies cannot move you either.  So, this ability is pretty balanced now.     

    Now, let’s get on with the weapons.  If you look at the weapon at the top, the front part of the weapon looks like the plasma rifle.  Well it turns out that this weapon is a bigger version of the plasma rifle.  This weapon is known as the plasma repeater.  This weapon shoots fast like the plasma rifle but it turns out that as the weapon gets closer to overheating, it starts to shoot slower so keep that in mind when you use this weapon. 


     This weapon is known as the plasma launcher.  You may remember seeing this in the multiplayer trailer.  This baby fires up to four plasma explosives toward your opponent and if you remember in the trailer, the explosives stuck on a vehicle and it exploded a few seconds later.  This weapon could be useful against vehicles and infantry. 


     Our next weapon is the focus rifle.  This is basically the covenant counterpart of the spartan laser.  All you have to do is zoom in on an enemy, hold the trigger and keep shooting that laser until it rip’s through your enemies shields. 


     You may have seen this weapon a few times in the multiplayer trailer but this is the grenade launcher.  If you remember, this weapon fires one grenade at a time and you have to reload every time you shoot it.  What’s interesting about the weapon though is that if the grenade hits an enemy it will explode on impact but if it misses it will arm like a regular frag grenade and explode.  Another cool feature to this gun is that if you shoot it and hold the trigger, then the grenade won’t explode until you let go of the trigger.  This could help give you a lot of strategical advantages.  These weapons will be a lot of fun to play with when the beta comes out.

Filed under: Halo: Reach, Images, Pictures, Xbox Live

New Multiplayer Option in Halo Reach!! Revealed

Hah hah April Fools spam from Bungie!!! Chess for Halo Reach! The first competitive gaming developed. No added to the game options of Halo reach.

I can’t believe Bungie engineers consulted with Chess Master to come up with a great feature for multi-player gaming when you get bored of blasting you can open the Chess feature and perform Spanish, King’s Gambit with Spartans and covenant elites…

Enough already with the April Foolery!! I was hoping for something real… but it is April First… so we probably won’t get any real info from bungie so …check out another “unofficial” video straight from Bollywood.   Hilarious !!    Master Chief’s Face is revealed.

Master Chief's face is Revealed

Master Chief's face is Revealed

Filed under: April Fools, Breaking Game News, Bungie Plans, Halo: Reach

More Viral Halo Reach April Foolery

Halo REach on a PS3More viral March Madness … errr April Madness latest news is that Bungie is happy to announce that Reach will be available on the PS3 !!!  whoo!! hooo!! If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you as the expression goes.  Well let’s see how we found this out…. first from Twitter then we traced the article from Halo.Bungie.org to another link bringing us deeper into the April Foolery.

But we did manage to find the PS3 with Reach Skin and 360 Controller for sale at …. gee browsing now… let me get back to you on the site…

Filed under: April Fools, Bungie Plans, Halo: Reach