It looks like Bungie may be finally moving away from Halo after all, if a job posting seeking help creating the company's "next game universe" is any indication.
When Bungie community manager Brian Jarrard said that next year's Halo: Reach would be the last game the studio was developing for the universe of the current Halo trilogy, many of us laughed. Maybe Bungie's employees were sick of the franchise, but sick enough to throw away such a guaranteed moneymaker? Preposterous, we chuckled!
Then again, maybe there's some truth to it after all. A job listing on Bungie's official site mentions that the studio is looking for a new Writing Lead for its upcoming project, and the wording suggests that this isn't just another Halo game, but a new IP altogether: "Your words will help define Bungie's next game universe."
While the rest of the description mainly elaborates on the particular skills and experience that Bungie is looking for, there's one bit that jumps out at me. It isn't required, but the listing mentions that "branching or non-linear narrative experience" is a "plus," which seems to suggest that whatever the company is working on, it'll be a branching storyline - so make of that what you will.
And no, your Halo fanfiction starring Master Chief's long-lost brother doesn't count as industry experience. Sorry.
(Via The Examiner)