@Cube: That's a bit unfair to say. Everyone at Bungie is already getting paid more than an acceptable living wage. They didn't have to sign any contract with Activision, and they still would have still been set for life (or until the industry crashes). The video game business is not a passionless money grind for developers. You can enjoy making video games without being paid an exorbitant amount of money. There is such a thing as artistic integrity, and artistic freedom. They've sacrificed some of that for a little bit of financial insurance, after they tried so hard to get away from the iron grip of Microsoft, I might add. They may own the new IP, but they are locked into this contract for the next 10 years, and are going to be filling the coffers of the worst publisher in the industry.
Maybe because they offered them the best deal? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??! "
I gotta say: I thought Bungie wasn't in it for the money. Isn't that why they bought a majority stake in their own company, and gained independence from Microsoft? Ah well, I guess everyone has their price, I just hope Bungie sold out for a lot.
Goddamn it Activision: stop being so greedy. You are going to kill the videogame industry. Stop flooding the market with a million iterations of the same franchise! You should have learned your lesson from Guitar Hero.