Bungie Denies Reports of Potential Microsoft Acquisition

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Sorry, Halo fans, but Bungie isn’t coming home. Contesting earlier reports from Venturebeat’s Jeff Grubb and Eurogamer (both of which claimed that the developer was in talks with Microsoft about a potential re-acquisition), Bungie CEO Pete Parsons has taken to Twitter to declare that all of the rumors we’ve been hearing are “false.” Evidently, the company is perfectly happy with staying independent.

According to earlier conjecture, Microsoft tried buying Bungie multiple times but failed because it couldn’t agree to the developer’s pricing demands, which must have been exorbitantly high (as you know, Microsoft has huge pockets and plenty of cash to throw around). While the rekindling of these gaming giants doesn’t appear to be happening, an acquisition may have worked out very well for the Halo franchise, as Bungie’s installments (e.g., Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach) are still considered to be the best by fans. It was the original architect, after all.

Microsoft originally bought Bungie way back in 2000 but decided to break free seven years later. Following a ten-year publishing deal with Activision gone wrong, the developer is now independent again.

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