343 Industries, commonly shortened to 343i, or just 343, is an American video game developer located in Kirkland, Washington. It was established in 2007 by Microsoft Game Studios to oversee development of the Halo science fiction media franchise, which includes video games, novels, comics, and other multimedia content. Its name derives from 343 Guilty Spark, a character within the Halo universe.
In July 2007, Microsoft filed for the name 343 Industries for its new Halo development studio, after the former Halo studio, Bungie, separated from Microsoft. It was named after Halo character 343 Guilty Spark. Bungie continued making Halo games until Halo: Reach in 2010.
In July 2009, it was announced that 343 Industries was working on a seven-part Halo anime series called Halo Legends. Later that year the studio created Halo Waypoint, a downloadable application that tracks a user's Halo accomplishments. 343I also increased staff for Halo development, recruiting 20 staff from the former Pandemic Studios. 343i also developed Halo: Reach's second and third map packs, entitled "Defiant" and "Anniversary" respectively, in conjunction with Certain Affinity. Additionally, the studio was involved in the development of Halo Legends, a collection of animated short films based on the Halo lore. The Halo franchise was officially passed down to 343 Industries on March 31, 2012. The studio finished development of Halo 4 ahead of schedule that September. 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. 343i completed their first official, new Halo installment, Halo 4, released on November 6, 2012, which is confirmed to be the first title of a Halo Reclaimer trilogy. Microsoft, in a contract with the Mega Bloks toy company, is in conjunction with 343i to manufacture a new line of toys and other memorabilia for the upcoming Halo trilogy.
||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.
||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.
||Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
||Remake of Halo: Combat Evolved. It was developed by Saber Interactive with oversight by 343i. Released November 15, 2011 in the United States.
||Revealed E3 2011, as the first installment of a brand new Halo trilogy. Developed exclusively by 343 Industries. Released on November 6, 2012.
||Halo: Spartan Assault
||Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Windows 8
||A mobile, top-down, twin-stick shooter version of Halo released in July of 2013. Developed in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
||Halo (working title)
||This time on a new engine, and it's coming in 2014. For the first time ever the game runs at 60 frames per second and has dedicated servers for multiplayer.
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