Bungie has made its peace with passing on the Halo torch to 343 Industries, and they think you should too. “Going forward, it’s their franchise, their IP, and the direction they take has got to be their own,” Bungie community manager Eric Osborne said.
“I think for fans, the message for them is that they need to allow Microsoft the creative flexibility to let them do what they need to do. In the same way they gave it to us,” he went on. “It’s all new. We don’t have any insight. I can’t really spoil anything or give you any secrets. They’re all outside the studio now. And if I had any information and disclosed it I think Microsoft would be very upset with me.”
Fortunately for Bungie, that’s not exactly how the industry works. You don’t create a huge franchise from scratch, see it through close to a decade of development and then the guys it gets handed off to keep you completely in the dark. But he is right about one thing, there will probably be Microsoft lawyers refreshing his Twitter and Facebook for a good few months.