After Halo 3 reportedly tallied $300 million in worldwide sales through its first week, the game's developer, Bungie Studios, announced plans to split from its corporate parent, Microsoft.
The two companies do plan to remain friends. Bungie says it's going to continue to develop games with a focus on Microsoft platforms, but it might start dabbling with other consoles, too.
Bungie started as an independent company in 1991 before Microsoft snapped it up in 2000. Now it looks like the studio managed to retain its independent streak. Let's hope that translates into even better games. You can find more details here and here.—Gregory Mone