Bungie grows for Halo 3?
Microsoft's premier Xbox developer, Bungie, is apparently doubling its staffing numbers in anticipation of creating Halo 3. The suggestion that sixty new developers would be hired came in a report from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which draws upon website job listings advertised by the developer. Despite this claim, only positions for AI engineer, art production manager and lead character animator are listed. Publicly, Redmond are refusing to comment on this speculation, but one fan site claims that a representative has already debunked the 'doubling' claim privately.
Of course, that Microsoft are planning Halo 3 seems inevitable, given the massive success of the previous titles, more over, extra developers would certainly be needed if the next Halo is being created for the next-generation of hardware, with many experts believing that development for platforms like the Xbox 2 will entail a doubling of resources. The Xbox 2 is expected to be the first next-gen machine to market at the close of 2005. We'll keep you posted.