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Bungie's Halo prequel: a reality?

Mag rumour sings the sweet song of Halo and Bungie back together again

We think it's fair to say that the dust has finally settled on Halo 3. With the multiplayer torch seemingly handed over to Call of Duty 4, and Legendary polished off by team CVG, that's the end of Bungie's Halo trilogy. So what's next?

Following Bungie's split from Microsoft, it looked like it was over for the developer and the corpse-humping shooter for a while, but according to the latest round of magazine rumours its already well underway on a new Halo (we can hear the hype machine being prepped already).

According to US mag EGM, Bungie's already prepping a Halo spin-off for release in late 2009.

Apparently, according to the mag, it's a third-person "action/adventure shooter hybrid", that takes place before the original Halo, and chronicles early skirmishes between the ODST and the Covenant.

EGM notes that the project may or may not be one of the Peter Jackson Halo Projects, but either way WETA is "definitely involved" in this Bungie project in "some capacity". Maybe it's doing the box art.

We already know that Bungie's making more games for Microsoft, and to be honest we'd be pretty stupid not to assume that at least one of them has something to do with Halo.

Oh, and we phoned up Microsoft UK, but it's not answering the phone.