The developer of
the lucrative Halo franchise is likely to be quitting its Microsoft parent
According to the Gaming e-zine 8BitJoystick, Bungie was leaving Microsoft so it could create new game series without being controlled by Microsoft or tied to the Xbox. The source of the rumour is not that good, however it indicates a rift between Bungie and Microsoft.
Microsoft wants Bungie to make Halo for the rest of their natural days, and Bungie doesn't like how MS is constantly trying to 'handle' everything they do. Microsoft has refused to deny the rumour, just saying that there has been no such announcement yet. Bungie also refused to deny the rumours.
8BitJoystick reported Microsoft would retain the rights to the Halo franchise but Bungie would be free to make new game series for whichever platform it wanted.