Bungie is renowned for their Halo games, but now it appears the legendary developer is ready to move on to bigger (and better?) things. The Los Angeles Times has looked at papers filed in court concerning the Activision/Zampella and West lawsuit and discovered a few interesting nuggets of information about Bungie’s next project for Activision.
According to Bungie’s 2010 contract with Activision Blizzard, Bungie was supposed to develop four “massively multiplayer-style…sci-fantasy, action shooter games” codenamed “Destiny.” The first game would come out in fall 2013 for the Xbox 360 and the next-gen Xbox (referred to as the Xbox 720), with the next three games launching every two years thereafter for PS3 and PC in addition to the Xbox consoles. In-between full releases of “Destiny,” Bungie would release downloadable expansion packs codenamed “Comet.”
In addition to “Destiny” and “Comet,” Bungie is also said to be working on a new Marathon game, but can only devote up to five percent of its staff to work on the project. Marathon was Bungie’s first sci-fi FPS franchise, with the first installment being released in 1994 for Mac.
-Nick’s take: Remember that this information comes from 2010, so Bungie and Activision’s plans may very well have changed between now and then. Still, it’s something new about my favorite game developer. If “Destiny” does release at the end of next year, it would be competing directly with Microsoft’s next Halo game.