Bungie is an American video game developer founded in May 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. Originally based in Chicago, the company concentrated primarily on Macintosh games during its first nine years of existence, producing the popular Marathon and Myth series as well as games such as Oni. In 2000, Bungie was acquired by Microsoft, and their then-current project, first-person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved, was repurposed into a launch title for Microsoft's new Xbox game console. Halo went on to become the Xbox's "killer app", and the game and its two sequels have sold millions of copies.
On October 5, 2007, Bungie announced that it had split with Microsoft and become a privately held independent company, Bungie LLC. Despite splitting from Microsoft, the studio will still be producing products for Xbox 360 but is free to develop for other platforms. The company is currently based in Kirkland, Washington.
Among Bungie's side projects are Bungie.net, the company's official website, which includes forums as well as statistics-tracking and integration with Halo 3 and Halo 2, respectively. Bungie also sells company-related merchandise and runs other projects including an official Bungie podcast and online publications about game topics. The company is well-known for its informal and dedicated workplace culture, and is currently working on multiple projects, including Halo 3: ODST and Halo 3 downloadable content.
Games that Bungie has developed, published or both include:
- Operation: Desert Storm
- Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete<br
- Pathways Into Darkness
- Marathon 2: Durandal
- The Macintosh port of Abuse
- Marathon Infinity
- Weekend Warrior (as publisher)
- Myth: The Fallen Lords
- Myth II: Soulblighter
- Halo Combat Evolved (Xbox/Windows/Mac)
- Halo 2(Xbox/Windows Vista)
- Halo 3
- Halo 3 ODST