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heyzeus
Jun 6, 2011

EricFate posted:

I thought it was merely the third working title for what went on to become Halo.
(The previous two working titles were -- "Armor" and "Munkey Nutz")

For a decent while, the website for the project was 'blam.bungie.org', archived here, but that was changed when the project was rolled out with the new title.

Yeah, Blam! was turned into Halo. The three games of post-Myth Bungie were Oni, Blam/Halo, and Phoenix/Breach.

From the IGN interview with Jason Jones:

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“It was a project we were working on at the same time we were working on Halo 1,” he starts. “There was a lot that was really interesting about it, even back in Chicago, before the acquisition. It was a game that was based on a technology that was sort of Minecraft-like, in that it could render… You could build castles out of blocks, for example, and then knock them down. Ultimately the reason the game never saw the light of day was because of Halo. The [Project Phoenix] team got scavenged a number of times, both on Halo 1 and Halo 2, to finish Halo.”

So it was a Minecraft-style sandbox long before Minecraft existed?

“No, the rendering… It was able to render things like Minecraft, but it was… It was trying to find its place. Halo had a time in the desert as well,” he explains, meaning that it was trying to find its identity. “The best thing we can do is just look at the build… I don’t even know if we have one anymore. It was cool. There were big castles and you could knock them down with trebuchets. Knocking holes in the wall, and dudes would come out.”

He tries to explain more clearly. “This game was going between RTS and… It’s hard to even describe. It was trying to find out what it was, and it hadn’t. It made it very clear at several junctures, ‘Well, should we put all the resources on the team behind Halo, or should we keep working on this game?’ Eventually we made the decision that it was Halo. The team just went away, or the project went away. The people are still here.”

There's a little bit more about it in that one article about the history of Halo, but some ex-Bungie people have pointed out that some info in it are a bit suspect hi marty

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