Activision proudly announced today that it has entered into a ten-year agreement with Bungie, the developer of Oni, Myst, Marathon and the Halo-series. Bungie had been an independent studio since 2007, when it separated from Microsoft. Under the current agreement, Activision will have exclusive publishing and distribution rights to all future games that are to be developed by Bungie for multiple platforms. The developer itself will remain independent and continues to hold complete control over their future intellectual property.
The final game that is set to be published by former-owner Microsoft, Halo: Reach, will be released later this year. The rights to the Halo-franchise remain with Microsoft.