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A scene from Crimson: Steam Pirates, developed by Harebrained Schemes as part of the Bungie Aerospace initiative

Bungie Aerospace, a new effort by the creators of the blockbuster “Halo” franchise to partner with independent game developers, will preview the first fruits of that initiative at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend — giving attendees a chance to play selected missions from the iPad game Crimson: Steam Pirates, from Seattle-based game developer Harebrained Schemes.

Bellevue-based Bungie announced the Bungie Aerospace project in June, saying it was aiming to use its experience to help indie studos launch their games, while also learning from what those studios are doing.

Harebrained Schemes, led by game veteran Jordan Weisman, is the first to take part in the Bungie Aerospace program.

The companies today also launched a site for Crimson: Steam Pirates, detailing the features and showing a launch date of Sept. 1, in addition to the first images from the game, shown here.

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