Xbox Live would have been dead in the water was it not for Halo, Bungie’s Xbox 360 killer app, says studio.
That’s what Bungie studio manager Harold Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz, adding that the service wouldn’t have been where it is today was it not for Master Chief.
I think Xbox Live wouldn’t have made it. I don’t think the Xbox would be where it is today without Bungie and without Halo.
As a group, we provided both technical and creative guidance and thought leadership that really pushed the limits. We weren’t just a game developer using the service. We were integrated in the design of the service and how it worked. Systems for groups and matchmaking and skill ranking were all things that were pushed the furthest and the hardest by us.
Bungie’s now signed to Activision for ten years, developing for next generation consoles what is believed to be a game-changing experience.