In reality though, for most people, July 7 marked the company's final involvement. For many years, that date become synonymous with "Bungie Day," where the studio gave away prizes, raised money for charity, and played host to other events. This year, the development team jumped into multiplayer with a stern challenge, offering free steaks to anyone who beat them online. If their goodbye is any indicator, they gave away a lot of steaks.
While in some ways their passing of the torch is a little gloomy, Bungie grew with the industry and Halo. You could track two generations of gaming through their efforts alone, beginning with 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved. It's been ten years on a single franchise, and sometimes, creative minds just need something else. The fact that Bungie is promising new worlds should excite anyone who has enjoyed their titles, the potential now that new hardware is in their sights immeasurable.
And who knows, by next Bungie day, maybe they'll be offering free bacon as a reward for conquering them in multiplayer. Mmm... bacon.