The lights are on
Update: Bungie issued the following statement tonight:
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. See you starside in 2013.
A previously sealed court document obtained by the Los Angeles Times outlines the contract developer Bungie signed with Activision back in 2010 to create a new franchise.
According to the contract, Bungie will develop four "sci-fantasy, action shooter games," code named "Destiny," that will be released every other year starting next fall. Bungie will also put out four downloadable expansion packs, code named "Comet," every other year beginning fall of 2014.
Additionally, the first "Destiny" game will be released first on Xbox 360 and potentially Microsoft's new console. The other three games will then be released on consoles from Microsoft and Sony as well as PC.
Also detailed in the contract is that Bungie is potentially working on another Marathon game, which the studio cannot devote no more than 5 percent of its staff to while working under Activision.
The document was made public as part of the on-going lawsuit between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella. Both Bungie and Activision have been reached for comment.
Head over to the L.A. Times story to read the entire 27-page contract.
[Source: L.A. Times]
Ambition is the new jump for Bungie.
looks like we're gonna be seeing this at e3. can't wait!
I hope that doing a game every two years doesn't drive down the quality - there were three years between each of Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 3. There were also three between Halo 3 and Halo Reach, but ODST wasn in there, too. I'm honestly sort of surprised that Bungie would go through the trouble of getting away from Microsoft, only to go to Activision with this deal. They must have some favorable profit-sharing terms, I would assume.
Interesting! I'm not sure of their dealings with Activision though, they're kind of a*@holes and trouble makers.