Destiny Court Document Shows Five Codenamed Projects From Bungie
Yesterday, Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell resolved a lawsuit with his former employer, and with it came public documents detailing the case. In it, five projects are outlined for release through 2020.
In the establishing background portion of the Marty O'Donnell v. Bungie, Harold Ryan case court document, it outlines some broad details about Bungie's contract with Acitivision – details we were already aware of.
In 2010, Bungie entered into a ten-year development and marketing agreement with publisher Activision Publishing, Inc. to fund development of Bungie's new first-person shooter video game that later became Destiny. The agreement anticipated the issuance of multiple episode of the game over a period of ten years. The first game was scheduled for release in September 2013. Destiny is Bungie's most significant game franchise in development. Activision's development advances for Destiny have been a significant source of Bungie's income. Currently Bungie plans to issue additional episode of Destiny.
We've known for some time that Bungie's partnership with Activision, and specifically its work on Destiny, would last at least 10 years. We did not know, however, that would mean five games.
The document details five code-named projects: Project Tigers 1-4, and something called Comet 4. With the exception of the first Project Tiger, which has a listed release date of September 24, 2013, each subsequent release is planned for September 30 in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Presumably, this is the initial planned release schedule for all of the Destiny games. The original Destiny was delayed significantly and released on September 9, 2014. Destiny: The Taken King is planned for release on September 15, 2015.
Frankly, none of this is surprising. Five games over a 10 year period sounds about right, but it is interesting – especially learning about the code names Destiny was or perhaps is using. It does raise some questions, though. Is The Taken King considered a full retail release? With the delay of the original game, do the other dates shift? I guess we will learn over the course of the next few years.