Bungie Studios Won't Have E3 Presence

Posted by patrickklepek (4533 posts) -

Bungie's workin' on something, whatever it is.
As 343 Industries begins to assume the role of Halo's caretaker from Bungie Studios, there are fewer and fewer things for Bungie to talk about publicly. The company is quietly working on its new, ambitious and unannounced project with Activision. Possibly nipping speculation in the bud, Bungie has ruled out an E3 presence.

"We won’t officially be at E3 this year," said community content writer Eric Osborne in the latest Bungie Weekly Update late last week. "Remember the Band-Aid approach I talked about last week? This is what it feels like in practice. Sorry for the sting. We wanted to make sure you didn’t get whipped into a rumor-fueled frenzy only to have your expectations unceremoniously dashed during expo week."

This would also seem to say that any Halo announcements, games or otherwise, are now a 343 joint.

If you're feeling down, that technically doesn't rule out some video teasing Activision and Bungie's collaboration. And since we're desperate for any information about the project, I went through those Activision memos that came my way a few weeks back. There's nothing revelatory inside, however.

== TEASER == "2011 will also mark a year when we will achieve significant development milestones working with Bungie on their groundbreaking new gaming universe," said Activision COO Thomas Tippl in one of the memos.

"Bungie is one of the world’s most gifted developers with one of the best track records in the industry," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg in another. "Our long-term partnership with Bungie will bring the world into a whole new gaming universe and is built on a host of industry firsts. We are setting the stage for the success of this project now."

Like I said, nothing too exciting. Activision is jazzed about working with Bungie. Surprise!
Staff
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4533 posts) -

Bungie's workin' on something, whatever it is.
As 343 Industries begins to assume the role of Halo's caretaker from Bungie Studios, there are fewer and fewer things for Bungie to talk about publicly. The company is quietly working on its new, ambitious and unannounced project with Activision. Possibly nipping speculation in the bud, Bungie has ruled out an E3 presence.

"We won’t officially be at E3 this year," said community content writer Eric Osborne in the latest Bungie Weekly Update late last week. "Remember the Band-Aid approach I talked about last week? This is what it feels like in practice. Sorry for the sting. We wanted to make sure you didn’t get whipped into a rumor-fueled frenzy only to have your expectations unceremoniously dashed during expo week."

This would also seem to say that any Halo announcements, games or otherwise, are now a 343 joint.

If you're feeling down, that technically doesn't rule out some video teasing Activision and Bungie's collaboration. And since we're desperate for any information about the project, I went through those Activision memos that came my way a few weeks back. There's nothing revelatory inside, however.

== TEASER == "2011 will also mark a year when we will achieve significant development milestones working with Bungie on their groundbreaking new gaming universe," said Activision COO Thomas Tippl in one of the memos.

"Bungie is one of the world’s most gifted developers with one of the best track records in the industry," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg in another. "Our long-term partnership with Bungie will bring the world into a whole new gaming universe and is built on a host of industry firsts. We are setting the stage for the success of this project now."

Like I said, nothing too exciting. Activision is jazzed about working with Bungie. Surprise!
Staff
#2 Edited by Captain_Felafel (1572 posts) -

Finally! About stinkin' time too! :D


Edit: Is anyone really surprised by this?
#3 Posted by RobertOrri (1129 posts) -

Amazing that they don't want to show off their stuff...

#4 Posted by fillmoejoe (1469 posts) -

Hoping for a teaser video of some sort.

#5 Posted by leebmx (2244 posts) -

Still feels horrible those 2 working together...


#6 Posted by Mason_M (11 posts) -

Yeah, I'm definitely interested in Bungie's next project whatever it is.

#7 Posted by Baraka528 (28 posts) -

the elusive bungie game, it'll be shown when they are ready.. i mean look how great halo became, they definitely have the knowledge.

#8 Posted by datarez (552 posts) -
@leebmx: I agree.  I tend to not buy Activision as a guideline for myself but I really like Bungie.
#9 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1199 posts) -

I swear I heard somewhere Bungie was working on some sort of RPG, but I can't be entirely sure... time to get waiting for 2012-2014.

#10 Posted by craigbo180 (1739 posts) -

I think they should show up and announce something. They are just trying to throw us off.

#11 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -

That's because Bungie are working on a console (&PC) MMOFPS with Blizzard.  I read it right here in this memo, which I'm not going to show you.

#12 Posted by big_jon (5725 posts) -

lame

#13 Posted by Agent47 (1895 posts) -
@leebmx: You know if they created the next mayorily popular shooter I wouldn't be surprised.And if they failed I wouldn't be surprised neither.If it is not a shooter game....then they would have caught me off gaurd.
#14 Posted by Dohers (31 posts) -

I thought the whole of Activision didn't have an "official" E3 presence last year but were basically there. They just had their own side event instead. I hear they spent 775 million dollars on it.

#15 Posted by Forkstik (162 posts) -

Strange that they would say "officially", could mean that someone from either Activision or Bungie could be there in some unofficial form, like as teaser or trailer. 

#16 Posted by ChrisInCali (146 posts) -

Doesn't break my heart, I've never played a Bungie game that truly impressed me.

#17 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3204 posts) -

Dumb. I wanted to see Bungie's new project.

#18 Posted by ez123 (1964 posts) -

"Bungie's workin' on something, whatever it is"   

Indeed
#19 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

They won't officially be there, but I'm sure you may see some head developers browsing around and seeing what's in store for the next year.

#20 Edited by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

You can tell they're already panicking


"Guys, I called up Microsoft and they said we can't make any Halo games or games with Master Chief in them... so what do we do?"

"Halo Chief Wars ODST"

"UR HIARED!"
#21 Posted by blacklab (1552 posts) -

I feel your pain, Bungie people. I won't have E3 presence either.

#22 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

I'm no hardcore Halo fan but I'm very curious about what they're up to...

#23 Posted by Pop (2631 posts) -

I hope they show a trailer or something and I'm like 70% sure it's gonna be a shooter.

#24 Posted by ProfessorEss (7361 posts) -

No official presence doesn't mean either Sony or MS haven't locked down the rights to show a teaser for the next Bungie product to give their press conference a big p-pow.

#25 Posted by NegativeCero (3001 posts) -

All I'm hoping is that it doesn't turn out to be an MMO. 

#26 Posted by leebmx (2244 posts) -
@Agent47: @Agent47 said:
" @leebmx: You know if they created the next mayorily popular shooter I wouldn't be surprised.And if they failed I wouldn't be surprised neither.If it is not a shooter game....then they would have caught me off gaurd. "
I wouldn't be surprised if it is a shooter either and I am sure it will be very popular, that is the reason after all that Activision wanted to deal with Bungie; becuase they sell shitloads of games.
 I have never been a fan of Halo but I have always been under the impression that Bungie were a company who had an intimate and concerned relationship with their customers wheras Activision don't. This is why these 2 working together does not feel good, although according to what I have read Bungie have negoticed a much looser deal than say IW did, (for example I don't believe Activision will own whatever property Bungie create) so maybe it can be a mutually beneficial realtionship where Bungie can use Activision's marketing power to promote their game without being forced to release a new iteration every year. We will see.... 
#27 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2382 posts) -

I'm happy about this. Games like Brink were shown off too early and lost their appeal. Other than the anticipation it also gives Bungie more time to polish and work on their game.

#28 Posted by TorMasturba (1094 posts) -
@leebmx said:
"
                @Agent47: @Agent47 said:
"
                @leebmx: You know if they created the next mayorily popular shooter I wouldn't be surprised.And if they failed I wouldn't be surprised neither.If it is not a shooter game....then they would have caught me off gaurd.
            "
I wouldn't be surprised if it is a shooter either and I am sure it will be very popular, that is the reason after all that Activision wanted to deal with Bungie; becuase they sell shitloads of games.
 I have never been a fan of Halo but I have always been under the impression that Bungie were a company who had an intimate and concerned relationship with their customers wheras Activision don't. This is why these 2 working together does not feel good, although according to what I have read Bungie have negoticed a much looser deal than say IW did, (for example I don't believe Activision will own whatever property Bungie create) so maybe it can be a mutually beneficial realtionship where Bungie can use Activision's marketing power to promote their game without being forced to release a new iteration every year. We will see.... 

            "


IW originally had the same deal until Activision realised the COD series' potential and tightened grip that they had on IW's future intellectual properties and subsequent sequels.

At the time the deal probably looked nice and crispy for IW's head people but that was because they were being promised big fat paycheques dependant on their success. And we all know where it went from there.

 

Did they ever get payed their deserved paycheques through the court case?

#29 Posted by Stackboy (502 posts) -

I'd still be surprised not to see something either before or very soon after E3, from Bungievision.

#30 Posted by captain_clayman (3321 posts) -

aww.

#31 Posted by m0rdr3d (474 posts) -

Well, that sucks.  I'm seriously interested in seeing what they can do free of Microsoft and Halo.

But, hey, maybe this means Bungie is able to call all the shots pertaining to their game.  That'd be good.

#32 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

Bummer : (

#33 Posted by GeneticBlueprint (2 posts) -

I'm interested to see what they'll do next. I'm not getting my hopes up though because everything after Halo 2 was just won crushing disappointment after the next. Part of that is MSs fault though, I suppose.

#34 Posted by NotorietyH (44 posts) -

I'm goign to go out on a limb and guess that Bungie show up at Sony's presentation, like Gabe last year.

#35 Posted by NTM (7374 posts) -

How is this a surprise? Put on some real news.
#36 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2768 posts) -

To be honest I would rather more developers took the point of view of not showing anything until there was something substantive to show.  If on May 31st of any give year you game is still 13+ months away then I do not want to see you game, I do not want to see screen grabs, and I do not want your weenie executives making mewing noises about the cool game they cannot show yet.

There are already too many games coming out in the next 11 months to waste time or energy about games that are 14, 18 or even 24 months away.      

#37 Posted by Adum (16 posts) -

Bungie is actually only called Bungie these days. They dropped the "Studios" when they went independent. :)

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