We’re only a few days away from the Bungie 30th Anniversary Event that will take place in Destiny 2 and players are still trying to analyze what overlap with Halo there might be, Bungie’s ex-series is now running from 343 under Microsoft operated.
So far there appear to be weapons (or ornaments?) In the style of Halos Battle Rifle and a Covenant Focus Rifle, but not Exactly these weapons. New armor sets have halo cues, arbiter coating, needler shoulder pads, but nothing ultra-explicit.
It felt like the time was right for Axios to bring an interview to the surface they did that with Phil Spencer through Bungie earlier this year. He was actually asked directly about a 30th anniversary crossover:
“Spencer, an avid Destiny player, told Axios in October that he wasn’t sure there was a crossover plan for the 30th anniversary. A Bungie representative told Axios this week that they prefer to keep the 30th anniversary content as a surprise. “
Again, I heard there were attempts to make an official crossover, but it didn’t come together, and this probably wasn’t something Spencer directly involved. So that’s why we have this quasi-homage where there are references to Halo elements, but not like literal weapons that were previously rumored. At least none that we know of, and of course, it’s possible Bungie could massively surprise everyone. But we will see.
That’s not all Spencer said about Bungie, however. Like me, you may be wondering if Microsoft, now on a developer shopping spree, wishes to hold onto Bungie. And from the sound of it, it seems like it is.
Axios asked Spencer if he thought there was some way to hold Bungie and prevent her from walking. “Could we do that today? I think we could. “
But he goes on to say he understands why Bungie left and what they wanted to achieve independently:
“They had great ambitions back then. They had sold their business for a certain amount of money. They saw what Halo was transforming into. And it’s like, ‘OK, Microsoft has benefited more from Halo’s success than Bungie.’ There is no other story that can be written there … when you say, ‘Hey, I think I have one of those in me. I really want to take another chance. I can understand the appeal of doing this as an independent company. “
At this point, it seems pretty impossible to imagine Microsoft buying back Bungie and turning Destiny and its future projects into Xbox-only offerings. But it sounds like maybe that’s what Phil wishes Could have happened, and it’s hard to blame him given what happened to Destiny.
Anyway, I thought this was cool info from Spencer, one of the few gaming executives I think they really “get” when it comes to industry big and small issues. And it sounds like he knows both how valuable Bungie is and what they wanted to achieve by spreading their wings outside the Xbox brand.