Activision & Bungie Deal Is A Second Chance For Both

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So, Halo creators Bungie are working with Activision on a new piece of IP. For the next ten years. I hope for everyone's sake it's not a first-person shooter!

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For Bungie's sake, this is because the team has already released a first-person shooter. Lots of them. In fact, between marathon and Halo it's all the studio has been doing for over fifteen years. But Bungie didn't always make first-person shooters: Myth is a strategy title, while the sadly-forgotten Oni is a pretty decent third-person action game.

Mac fans will also remember that, before it was an Xbox shooter, Halo was originally planned as a strategy game. It'd be great to see the company spread its wings and, with a new publisher and a new IP, try a new style of game to go with them.

For Activision's sake, it's because the last thing the company (and the market) needed was another studio working on shooters. The publisher has a team working on Singularity. Treyarch is working on a Cold War Call of Duty game. Then there's the remnants of Infinity Ward, who are presumably toiling away in an underground salt mine on what's left of Modern Warfare 3, which we'll assume is the game Activision has slated to appear in 2011.

That's quite enough shooters, thank you. Quite enough Call of Duty games too, now you mention it.

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Here's hoping that this deal will prove a breath of fresh air for both parties (and us!), giving all involved an opportunity to provide us with a AAA franchise that's neither a Call of Duty game nor another first-person shooter.

DISCUSSION

So... why does it seam that the general Kotaku editor, and member is completely ok with monster company's pumping out the same type of game over and over again, but when a relatively small business is mentioned like Bungie the tone switches to : "Stop what you and your fans enjoy and do something new! Or else you are the sux!"

I can understand people being interested in seeing what Bungie's talent could do outside of FPS's. But if that meant dropping their current FPS fanbase completly, just to try out a new type of game would it be worth it?

More or less, if Ferrari wanted to explore creating a new luxury motercycle, would it be acceptable to their fans if they no longer produced cars just so they can make motorcycles?