Wired News has an interesting follow-up interview with Frank O'Connor of Bungie about its spin-off from Microsoft. Among other things, O'Connor addresses the question of Bungie's future involvement in "Halo."
- We are definitely working on two Halo projects right now: the downloadable content and the Peter Jackson project. I've seen rumors that were literally just speculation that we were sick of working on Halo. That couldn't be further from the truth. We always had and continue to have very tight almost control-freakish relationship with that IP, which of course belongs to Microsoft, but we're still creatively associated with it and Microsoft trusts us to make cool Halo stuff in the short term. In the long term, who knows, if we have a cool story to tell in the Halo universe it's certainly something we'd consider.
On a related note, this week I asked Microsoft for further information about how the Bungie deal will affect the company's financial results. A Microsoft representative said Bungie's operations will be included in the company's results for the first fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30, before the deal was announced last week. But beyond that quarter, Microsoft isn't yet giving out details on the subject.