Bungie’s Next Project ‘Destiny’ Get Unexpected Details
Destiny is the current name to which Bungie’s next project is currently known. Rumoured to be a sci-fi MMO shooter, their next big series after Halo is set to be with us for a little while as Bungie signed a ten year contract with publisher Activision last year after Microsoft let them go. After some snippets within the ‘O Brave New World‘ documentary which celebrated Bungie’s work over the years ranging from Marathan to Oni, it sure seems like they’ve got their work cut out for the next decade.
There’s a lot to dig through, but the main details include -
- Bungie is developing four ‘sci-fantasy, action shooter games’ under the umbrella of codename ‘Destiny‘
- They will be released every other year, beginning with the fall of 2013 (2015, 2017, 2019)
- Alongside this, four downloadable content packs known as ‘Comet’ will be released in-between the major releases starting in the fall of 2014
- The first title is set for the Xbox 360, and later its successor. Later titles will be released on Sony’s PS3 and future system, not to mention personal computers
- Bungie would be entitled to royalties ranging from 20% to 35% of ‘operating income’
- If Bungie meets certain quality and budget milestones, Activision would also pay $2.5 million a year in bonuses
- If the initial title achieves a score of 90 or more in GameRankings, another $2.5 million bonus will be awarded
- Another notable nugget is that Marathon may be returning. Bungie would be allowed to devote no more than 5% of its staff to work on this side project
It all sounds very interesting. There’s no discussion over whether the title will be contained within an MMO like universe, or if Bungie will stay in their comfort zone with a single player experience, though of course with a comprehensive multiplayer mode. The news of a new Marathon is also certainly interesting for long time fans of Bungie (myself included), so hopefully it won’t be long before we hear more.
In a very frank quote, Bungie community manager DeeJ responded to the unexpected announcements on the official Bungie website -
Well, that just happened…So, yeah. While we’re not ready to show you what we’ve been working on, we can reconfirm that we are hard at work on our new universe. We can’t wait for you to see it.
Now that the cat is indeed out of the bag, and E3 2012 is next month, it wouldn’t seem far-fetched to assume that we’ll hear more, especially with the first title scheduled for fall of next year.