X06: Wingnut Interactive

MS reveals partnership with Peter Jackson to create the next Halo game and form Wingnut Interactive

A partnership between Peter Jackson, screenwriter Fran Walsh, and Microsoft to create two new series exclusively for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live is one of Microsoft's many big announcements at X06.

The first from the deal will be a collaborative effort with Bungie to co-create the next great chapter in the Halo universe.

The second will be an entirely original property targeted at bringing new audiences to games. Microsoft will also team with Jackson and Walsh to establish Wingnut Interactive, a studio dedicated to games.

"Microsoft has built an amazing living canvas with Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, which allows the storytellers of our time to express themselves in a new medium. They have fundamentally changed how people think about games," Jackson said. "My vision, together with Microsoft Game Studios, is to push the boundaries of game development and the future of interactive entertainment. From a movie-maker's point of view, it is clear to me that the Xbox 360 platform is the stage where storytellers can work their craft in the same way they do today with movies and books but taking it further with interactivity."