Confirmed: Halo Creators Leave Microsoft

Confirming an earlier report, Microsoft today said that the creators of the uber-hit "Halo 3," Bungie, will become independent.

Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's Xbox 360.

"We will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft platforms," Bungie head Harold Ryan said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing that affiliation through 'Halo' and beyond."

Halo 3 has reported racked up $300 million in sales since 9/25, making it one of the fastest-selling games of all time.