Writer Frank O'Connor has posted his farewell to the Studio and community fans, announcing his return to Halo's universe.
Last October Bungie decided to go independent from the corporate giant to develop some new projects, but that is by no means the end of the Halo franchise.
"I am leaving you. I am off to work more closely with Microsoft on the Halo franchise, so I shan't be too far away, but I wanted to take this last chance, appropriately enough in a Weekly Update, to tell you a very fond thanks," posted "Frankie" on the official website.
"It was very hard for me to make the decision to move on, but one thing that made it just a bit easier was seeing the amazing work that's coming down the pipe. I was busy working on a story for one of our next games, an experience that is destined to surprise, amaze and entertain like nothing we've ever made before. That game has an amazing team invested in it, and one that will be tasked with building the Next Big Thing. You should see what they've already achieved, you truly should."
"And there are other things rumbling at Bungie, just as secret, just as epic and just as incredible. And the thing that turns all that rumbling into incredible gameplay experiences is, has always been and will always continue to be, the people. The brilliant, talented, industrious gang of geniuses who brought you everything from a monochrome Pong clone to the staggering vistas and vision of Halo 3," added O'Connor.
Frank was the lead writer at Bungie for Halo, so all developments essentially fell under his nose and was also a weekly update slave to the community. Fans have expressed their sentiments through the expressive art of Photoshop - because it's what REAL men do to cope with loss.
Remember these last immortal words of a Bungie Frank O'Connor: "don’t eat stuff off the sidewalk."
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