Bungie deal breaks Xbox exclusive ties

Bungie deal breaks Xbox exclusive ties

By Rob Crossley

April 29th 2010 at 1:44PM

The famed Halo group will now work on new IP

Earlier news that Bungie has signed an exclusivity deal with Activision now spells the end of a decade-long exclusive partnership between the Halo developer and Microsoft.

Earlier today it was reported that Bungie has signed a ground-breaking exclusivity deal with Activision publishing.

Activision announced that it now has the rights to publish all future Bungie games across multiple platforms and devices, meaning that the Halo studio’s exclusivity partnership with Microsoft is now over. The developer is now free to develop PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, iPhone titles and more.

Though it may have been immediately speculated that Bungie would take over the highly lucrative Modern Warfare IP, the deal will in fact see Bungie develop “new intellectual property”.

In a move that may be seen by some as lesson learnt for Activision, the deal allows Bungie to keep their own their intellectual property throughout the deal.