Halo developer Bungie enters 10-year partnership with Activision

Bungie has just announced that it has entered into a ten-year publishing agreement with Activision, which will receive exclusive, worldwide rights to publish all games based on Bungie’s “next big action game universe.”

The agreement specifies that Bungie will remain an independent company and will retain all rights to its intellectual property. Bungie president Harold Ryan notes that the two companies have been working on the deal “over the past nine months.”

A Microsoft spokesperson has said:

“Our partnership with Bungie as a first-party developer for Xbox 360 remains unchanged, and right now we’re deeply engaged with them on the development of Halo Reach, which is poised to be the biggest game of 2010.”