Paul McCartney Working With ‘Halo’ Game Developer

Paul McCartney has announced he’s working, somewhat unexpectedly, with Bungie, the games studio that was behind the hugely successful Halo series.

The former Beatle, who turned 70 last month, revealed via his Twitter feed that he’s been composing music for a new, yet-to-be-unveiled Bungie project:

“I’m really excited to be working on writing music with Bungie, the studio that made Halo.”

Sir Paul’s tweet was accompanied by a pic of him doing jazz hands with Bungie’s resident composer, Martin O’Donnell (most famous for composing the first Halo‘s stirring soundtrack).

The actual project Macca is working on is completely unknown, but it won’t be Halo 4, which launches later this year.

Though it created the franchise, Bungie doesn’t actually develop the games any longer – that responsibility has since fallen to 343 Industries, which rumors suggest is developing a 10th anniversary version of Halo 2. According to OXM magazine:

“Following the success of [the] remake [of] Halo Anniversary, 343 Industries has now started development of Halo 2: Anniversary.”

The updated Halo 2 comes after an updated version of the first game received a warm reception last year. The rejigged Halo 2 is expected to release in 2014, complete with HD visuals and co-operative and online play.

McCartney, it should be noted, isn’t a total stranger to the games industry: 2009 saw the release of the very fine Beatles: Rock Band (sidenote: check out this rather epic Beatles: Rock Band Xbox 360).