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Bungie has revealed details about its mysterious Bungie Aerospace project, and it's definitely a departure from the norm. Bungie Aerospace isn't a game, but is instead an initiative designed to partner smaller studios with the indie juggernaut. Help could come in the form of access to the Bungie.net platform, access to Bungie's community resources, or funding.
“Bungie has always been passionate about making and playing great games, regardless of platform,” said Pete Parsons, Bungie COO. “Bungie Aerospace will allow us to explore game creation in multiple formats with some amazingly talented teams. Now that we’ve returned to our roots as an independent studio, we are in a position to launch Bungie Aerospace to support, foster, and elevate like-minded, independent developers.”
The first game being developed with help from Bungie Aerospace is one from Harebrained Schemes, a studio headed by Jordan Weisman. Weisman is well known for his work on MechWarrior and Shadowrun games, as well as Crimson Skies. But don't assume that Harebrained Schemes' upcoming game, codenamed Crimson, has anything to do with the Xbox aerial combat game.
"It's not set in that universe," Weisman said in an interview with Kotaku. "There is no continuity with Crimson Skies. Hopefully if people are familiar with my work in the past, maybe they'll relate that it has a similar, lighthearted, fun approach to its universe. But it is a different universe with different types of vehicles and so-on."
Indie developers face a difficult task in getting publicity for their games, and Bungie Aerospace could be an instrumental partnership for some of those smaller games. If you can get a community the size of Bungie's excited about something, that's a huge step toward success.
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That is unexpected (like most I expected Bungies next big franchise) but equally exciting. More very talented people joining an already talent heavy company.
interesting and all this time we were thinking it was marathon...still this will give developers the ability to produce outstanding products for the mobile and console markets.
I was hoping that being out from under Microsoft's thumb would lead to the next installment of Myth. I really miss that series.
The more options for funding projects out there the better so, good deal.
Nothing wrong with helping out the little guy.
Bungie's kinda the Valve of Xbox, they love and support their community. But... There's Activision...
Unexpected, but innovative, which is where Bungie thrives. Now, let's hope they scoop up their next big franchise through this cooperative endeavor!
So Bungie is moving on to becoming a publisher as well as a developer? I like this!
I just read this on their site. I was disappointed to find that it wasn't their new game, but Reach came out a few months ago so that would be rushing if they did release their new game's information. However, the fact that they're doing this is awesome. Indie games are some of the best out there.
Okay, so is there no more Bungie Games
They said that their going to say more stuff on Bungie Day. Can't wait!
I imagine, having the creative talent that they've got, and the fact that they've signed up with Activision, that Bungie are still in fact making and developing a new gaming IP and that this Aerospace is something on top of that.