Halo's Creators Pass The Bungie.net Baton On March 31

Bungie's not making Halo games anymore. That's not news. But they've still been administering the servers which hold all that precious multiplayer data. Y'know, the place where all your Forge maps and deathmatch stats live. However, the dev studio just announced that their stewardship of Halo data will ends on March 31, as the final part of a transition that's been happening since last summer.

343 Industries — the internal Microsoft division that's overseeing the hit sci-fi FPS franchise and making Halo 4 — will be managing all the live data for past and future games. A move like this was to be expected but is still rather jarring as it represents the cutting of the final ties between Master Chief's games and the studio created them. Hopefully, this is a sign that we'll be hearing about Bungie's top-secret Activision project soon.

Final Transition for Bungie.net Halo Services

[Bungie.net]


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    I've been a 'casual' Halo player, only bothering with singleplayer - does anyone who's more of a fan have any insight into what this will mean?

    More updates? More DLC?

      If you're somebody who's only interested in the single player portion of Halo games, this actually won't affect you in the slightest. Downloadable Forge maps and deathmatch stats were all related to the multiplayer portion of the game (although you could certainly use Forge on your own). These things used to be handled and stored on Bungie's servers/website. When the switchover occurs, it will instead be handled by 343 Industries at http://halo.xbox.com , and will everything will work in pretty much the same way.

      Realistically, this change has no affect whatsoever on possible future updates or DLC. If these were to occur (and other than matchmaking updates for multiplayer, I wouldn't expect anything else for Halo Reach), they would've been handled by 343 Industries regardless.

        Cheers. I've heard grumbling about Bungie abandoning Reach by not providing enough patching, but that must have been standard forum talk.

          Technically, Bungie hasn't had anything to do with patching for quite a while, and were pretty reasonable with their updates and patches when they were. I haven't actually played much of Reach since 343 Industries (a studio put together specifically to handle the Halo franchise from now on) has taken on all responsibility for any Halo titles (including Reach), so I can't really talk out of personal experience for any patching situation, but any lack of patching is the responsibility of 343 Industries and Microsoft now, not Bungie.

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