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> Frank O' Connor (Frankie) leaves Bungie Studios...For Halo!, Sad, yet good at the same time.
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post May 17 2008, 12:24 AM
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On a much more serious note, hearts are heavy here at Bungie -- even the cold, shriveled prune in my chest -- as this week, Frankie announced his decision to leave the studio. As much as you all will miss Frank, Bungie will miss him that much and more. He brought a finely shaped dome, spot-on writing and a much-needed Scottish lilt to Bungie. Good luck, Broconnor.

A note from Frank and one final Mister Chief are below:

"Dear BungieFans,

It’s not you, it’s me.

In many ways, you’re too good for me. You can find someone better. Maybe a little hairy dude. Maybe a Hungarian Unicyclist. I just know that I don’t deserve you, and that this is just as hard for me as it is for you.

Yours truly,

Frankie.

I am leaving you. I am off to work more closely with Microsoft on the Halo franchise, so I shan’t be too far away, but I wanted to take this last chance, appropriately enough in a Weekly Update, to tell you a very fond thanks. Thanks for being the most energized, enthusiastic, loyal, faithful, creative, imaginative and incredible community any video game could ever have.

Thanks for being patient when things went wrong, when playlists didn’t work, when matchmaking broke, when bugs were being fixed. Thanks for the mail, the screenshots, the movies, the machinima, the models, the paintings and the sheer enthusiasm and talent you’ve shown me over the years.

Thanks for not following through on the death threats.

Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin and thanks for the loyalty you’re going to show Bungie over the coming years.

And on that note, let me tell you a bit about the coming years. It was very hard for me to make the decision to move on, but one thing that made it just a bit easier, was seeing the amazing work that’s coming down the pipe. I was busy working on a story for one of our next games, an experience that is destined to surprise, amaze and entertain like nothing we’ve ever made before. That game has an amazing team invested in it, and one that will be tasked with building the Next Big Thing. You should see what they’ve already achieved, you truly should.

And there are other things rumbling at Bungie, just as secret, just as epic and just as incredible. And the thing that turns all that rumbling into incredible gameplay experiences is, has always been and will always continue to be, the people. The brilliant, talented, industrious gang of geniuses who brought you everything from a monochrome Pong clone to the staggering vistas and vision of Halo 3.

Artists, engineers, musicians, designers, writers, administrators, producers, managers, even our security staff are Bungie people, through and through. They are all, every last man, woman and Bob, the very essence of the spirit of the company and the thing I will miss most of all.

There are too many to name. More than 120 now, more than double the number than when I first started, about halfway through Halo 2. Amazing to think that I am Old School Bungie, when I never felt like anything other than a wide-eyed child in a moonlit candy store.

So thanks again. And look forward to all that candy. They’re making it for you.

Goodbye, thanks for all the Photoshops today - and don’t eat stuff off the sidewalk."


http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?ty...s&cid=13795

Frankie was always a voice to the fans, so if anything good comes out of this it's that Halo will be taken care for and it'll still be a quality product under his watch. It's sad, and really just bittersweet.


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post May 18 2008, 04:51 PM
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And here I thought halo 3 was going to finish the story! Neways, good news I guess, though I still dont get what difference it will make...And here I thought halo 3 was going to finish the story! Neways, good news I guess, though I still dont get what difference it will make... blink.gif


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post May 18 2008, 06:08 PM
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Yeah I was gutted when I heard he left Bungie, Frankie rocks, now we won't get to see any more mister cheif drawings sad.gif

It was obvious Halo 3 wouldn't be the last Halo, just the last one developed by Bungie... and the last one set in the main story ark.

M$ will never stop making Halo spin-offs, I think Frankie just wants to make sure these spin-offs have some credibility to them.
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post May 18 2008, 07:06 PM
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Yea, Frankie actually played a huge role in the development of Halo 3 (he was a main writer, I believe). At least someone from Bungie is there to ensure some type of quality with the Halo spin-offs. This is just not terribly good news for Bungie, Frankie was a really great asset to their team (though Bungie can survive - Frankie joined midway into Halo 2's development).

Also of note: This is very unusual. Microsoft apparently let Bungie go so as to keep them on good terms with Microsoft and so the talent doesn't leave the studio yet here is the talent coming back to Microsoft (Frankie hasn't been the only one to leave Bungie for Microsoft). It's the strangest thing...


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