Bethesda man: Only a few publishers could afford Bungie

With Bungie soon able to cast off the shackles of Halo and pursue fresh IP, Bethesda’s Ashley Cheng has been talking about the studio’s future, and positing that only a very small number of publishers could afford to snap up the house that built Halo. Naturally, Bethesda is one of them. 

I suspect Bungie only owes Microsoft two more games and they’re done. Halo ODST and Reach and that’s that. No more Halo for Bungie,” states Cheng. “You can count on one hand the number of publisher’s around who can afford to publish Bungie’s next game: EA (via EA Partners), Activision, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and of course, Bethesda. I can only imagine how much it will cost to snag their next title.

Cheng also adds that Sony would be a possible contender as well, but that a Sony-published Bungie game would be “unlikely.” It would certainly be quite interesting, and one can only imagine the fanboy fallout that would ensue from such a move. I really think Sony should go for it, as it’d be hilarious. 

In the meantime, who wants to stump up some cash so we can buy Bungie’s next game?

Jim Sterling