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May 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Q&A: Microsoft Games boss on Xbox One lineup, Spielberg’s Halo and more

Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox One console on Tuesday mostly showed off the system’s entertainment capabilities.

The next big Xbox event, on June 10 in Los Angeles, will be mostly about games.

For a preview I buttonholed Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, on Tuesday.

Microsoft image of Phil Spencer at Tuesday’s Xbox One event.


Comments | Topics: e3, Forza 5, halo

November 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Bungie’s “Destiny” revealed in leak, a $1 billion game?

A leak to game site IGN provided an early glimpse of the hugely anticipated video game that Bellevue studio Bungie has been building since it split from Microsoft in 2007. Bungie acknowledged the leak by posting a screenshot of its ambitious sci-fi action game, which is likely to formally surface next year. Bungie created the “Halo”…


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May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bungie, Xbox 720 and PS4 plans revealed in lawsuit

Elite game studio Bungie will release its new series of sci-fi action games starting in the fall of 2013, according to a legal filing that reveals details of what the secretive Bellevue studio has been developing since it split up with Microsoft. Bungie created the hit “Halo” series for Microsoft then spun out of the Redmond…


Comments | Topics: Activision, bungie, Bungie

March 9, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Video: Bungie “Halo” vets start new game, Seattle studio

A new Seattle game studio started by veterans of “Halo” creator Bungie Studios is presenting its first game this week at the Pax East conference in Boston. Moonshot Games has five employees, three in Seattle and two in Boston, according to co-founder Michel Bastien, a former Bungie producer and vice president at Web tracking…


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August 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM

“Halo: Reach” Q&A: On women, war & red shirts

Here are excerpts from my interview with Bungie’s Marcus Lehto, “Halo Reach” creative director, that led to today’s story on the game coming out Sept. 14.


Q: You’ve got more women in the game. Was that a business decision to reflect the market, or influenced by developers with female players in their families?

A: We always want to be sure we’re trying to be as inclusive as possible with players. That’s one of the reasons in player customization you can choose a real female Spartan now, and choose a real female voice to go with her, and kit her out just like you would male Spartans. You can do some really neat stuff there, and it’s really cool too, because contextually all the characters speak to you appropriately then with regards to your gender, in cinematics and also in gameplay itself.

Q: That’s new – to have gender-appropriate cinematics even?

A: Yes, that’s something I really pushed for on this project. I wanted to make sure both male and female were treated equally as far as player character was concerned and you could really open up the audience, hopefully, to a broader group of folks.

Q: When you make a decision like that, how much is driven by business and marketing decisions about getting X more players?


Comments | Topics: bungie, Games & entertainment, halo

June 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

E3: Microsoft unveils new Xbox design, Kinect sale date, ESPN

LOS ANGELES — Any concerns hard core gamers may have had after Sunday night’s family-friendly Kinect launch event were allayed when Microsoft’s E3 press conference opened this morning with a bloody and thrilling preview of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Even the rats in the tunnels of Laos shimmered in the flash of a revolver in…


Comments | Topics: bungie, Call of Duty: Black Ops, e3

April 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Q&A: Bungie chief on Activision deal, Microsoft & Sony bids

Here’s an edited version of a quick interview I had with Bungie President Harold Ryan on the Kirkland studio’s new partnership with Activision Blizzard, giving the Activision exclusive rights to Bungie’s next game after “Halo: Reach.” Did Microsoft make a bid to publish your new franchise? We’ve been in discussions with Microsoft. We still continue to…


Comments | Topics: activision blizzard, bungie, Games & entertainment

April 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Kirkland’s Bungie signs huge post-Halo deal with Activision

Kirkland game studio Bungie, the creator of the hit “Halo” franchise for Microsoft, today announced a mondo publishing deal that will make Activision Blizzard the exclusive publisher of its next franchise for 10 years. Bungie spent two years developing an entirely new game that will be released sometime after its “Halo” finale, “Halo: Reach” is released…


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