343 Industries

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343 Industries
Type Subsidiary of Microsoft Studios
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 2007
Headquarters Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Key people Frank O’Connor (franchise director)
Bonnie Ross (general manager)
Products Video games
Owners Microsoft
Parent Microsoft Studios
Website http://www.halowaypoint.com

343 Industries is an American video game developer located in Kirkland, Washington. Named after the Halo character 343 Guilty Spark, the company was established in 2009 by Microsoft Studios to oversee the development of the Halo science fiction media franchise following a split between Microsoft and Bungie in 2007. Halo 4 was the first title released by 343 Industries in which they played a lead development role. Upcoming releases from the company include Halo 5: Guardians for 2015.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In July 2009, Microsoft filed for the name 343 Industries for its new Halo development studio,[1] after the former Halo studio, Bungie, separated from Microsoft.[2][3] It was named after Halo character 343 Guilty Spark.[2][4][5] Bungie continued making Halo games until Halo: Reach in 2010.[6]

Development[edit]

In July 2009, it was announced that 343 Industries was working on a seven-part Halo anime series called Halo Legends.[7] Later that year the studio created Halo Waypoint, a downloadable application that tracks a user's Halo accomplishments.[8] 343i also increased staff for Halo development, recruiting 20 staff from the now defunct Pandemic Studios.[9] 343i also developed Halo: Reach '​s second and third map packs, entitled "Defiant" and "Anniversary" respectively, in conjunction with Certain Affinity. The company was responsible for the HD remake of Halo: Combat Evolved, titled Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which was released on November 15, 2011, to celebrate the 10th year since the first franchise installment on November 15, 2001. On March 31, 2012, 343 Industries gained control of servers and data for previous Halo games from Bungie. The studio finished development of Halo 4 ahead of schedule that September.[10] 343i completed their first official, new Halo installment, Halo 4, released on November 6, 2012, which was confirmed to be the first title of a Halo Reclaimer Trilogy. At E3 2013, Microsoft and 343 announced "Halo" for the Xbox One. Then in May 2014, and E3 '14 it was revealed that the official title is "Halo 5: Guardians" which will be released in 2015. Shortly after the initial "Halo" E3 '13 announcement, the Reclaimer Trilogy was confirmed by Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer to be expanded into a Reclaimer Saga.[11] Microsoft, in a contract with Mega Bloks, is in conjunction with 343i to manufacture a new line of toys and other memorabilia for the upcoming Halo saga.[12]

Video games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform Notes
2009 Halo Waypoint Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, iOS, Android Initially developed in conjunction with Certain Affinity, the application receives regular updates including statistics, content browsing enhancements, and expanded career progression. These updates are done by 343i internally.
2010 Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Developed by Bungie, 343 Industries was given control of the game and servers in August 2011. 343 and Certain Affinity developed its second and third map packs entitled "Defiant" and "Anniversary", respectively.
2011 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary[13] Xbox 360 Remake of Halo: Combat Evolved. It was developed by Saber Interactive with oversight by 343 Industries. Released November 15, 2011 in the United States.
2012 Halo 4[14] Xbox 360 The fourth installment in the main series.
2013 Halo: Spartan Assault[15] Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One The first mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo released in July of 2013. Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection[16] Xbox One A remastered compilation of the first four installments of the main series, complete with their full set of add-on content. Released on November 11, 2014.
2014 Halo: Spartan Strike[17] Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Windows 8, Steam The second mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo due for release in December of 2014. Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
2015 Halo 5: Guardians[18] Xbox One The fifth installment in the main series. Due for release in 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orry, James (July 21, 2009). "Is 343 Industries Microsoft's Halo studio?". Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Milian, Mark (May 11, 2011). "Halo' and creators move on after divorce". CNN. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Romano, Benjamin (October 6, 2007). "Microsoft, "Halo" maker Bungie split". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Thorsen, Tor (July 20, 2009). "Microsoft names internal Halo label?". Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Vore, Bryan (November 2011). "Taking Over 'Halo'". Game Informer 11 (223): 28–33. ISSN 1067-6392. 
  6. ^ "Halo: Reach Will Be Bungie's Last Halo Game". IGN. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  7. ^ Norris, Erik (July 23, 2009). "Halo Anime In The Works". Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ McWhertor, Michael. "Comic-Con 09". kotaku.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft hires ex-Pandemic members for new Halo game". gamer.blorge.com. 2010-11-21. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  10. ^ What went wrong with Halo 4's Prometheans | Joystiq
  11. ^ "Reclaimer Saga". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mega Brands and Microsoft Game Studios Renew Global Licensing Partnership". Electronics Business Journal. June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Microsoft leaks details about next Halo game". VentureBeat. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  14. ^ "Microsoft E3 landing page leaks Kinect upgrades, Halo 4 news". Digital Trends. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  15. ^ "Halo: Spartan Assault Halo Official Site". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Halo the Master Chief Collection". Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/games-halo-spartan-strike-announcement
  18. ^ "The Halo Journey". Retrieved May 16, 2014. 

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