At the Halo 3: ODST press even (probably down at Comic-Con), the game’s senior designer Lars Bakken has confirmed that their forthcoming title Halo: Reach will be the last Halo game they develop, for this generation at least.
“In terms of a platform for Halo games made by Bungie…yes Reach is the last one,” confirmed Bakken. “I can’t answer that question about Microsoft – whether they have something in the works or not, I don’t know if they’re actually ready to talk about it yet. But in terms of Bungie-produced Halo games, ODST and Reach is all you’re going to get on 360.”
For fans of the Halo universe, it’ll still keep going. Ryan Crosby, Global Group Product Manager for Microsoft Game Studios says “the Halo universe will live on in lots of different ways. You’ve seen things come out – comics, merchandise, things like that – I think that there’s certainly the possibility that the Halo universe continues to live on.”
As for what Bungie’s doing after Reach, Bakken added “we are working on some new IP which we’re not ready to talk about just yet”. Finally, Bungie. Finally.