Developer Bungie says the company is working on several unannounced projects, at least in part thanks to additional support from Sony’s acquisition in 2022. The game development studio, best known for Destiny 2 and the early Halo games, primarily focuses on its Destiny franchise for over a decade.
In a series of tweets, Bungie Lead Designer Tom Farnsworth shared the news of his 11 years at Destiny, culminating in over 25 releases. He then followed that tweet with another, in which he revealed that Bungie had several unannounced projects and encouraged developers to apply for job openings at the company.
“And with the support of Sony, we are also working on several unannounced projects. Join us!” he said in a follow-up tweet.
In a series of additional tweets, Farnsworth posted numerous job postings related to unannounced degrees.
In October 2022, there were rumors that the company might relaunch its Marathon IP as a pull-based FPS game in the style of Escape from Tarkov. Although industry insider Jeff Grubb shared that he, too, had heard the same thing, there was little hard evidence to back up the rumour.
However, Bungie’s 2021 job posting suggests the company is working on a game that may be free-to-play, following studio Destiny 2’s current model. That seems to line up with the marathon rumors.
Additionally, an IP filing dated 2018 indicates that Bungie may be working on a project called Matter. Additionally, in a 2019 interview with IGN, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons suggested that the company would release a new non-Destiny game by 2025. Bungie’s job postings for 2020 indicate that Bungie is developing a project that it will be “a comedy with light and quirky characters.” ”. the statement is echoed, at least in part, in a recent article on research into a top-tier gaming experience, Incubation. A recent job posting on the search for an environmental artist suggests that Bungie is working on a project that will be “visually inspired,” though it’s unclear if it’s the same game.
While Farnsworth’s tweets confirm that several unannounced games are in development following the Sony acquisition, Bungie’s ambitious plans to expand beyond the Destiny franchise come as no total surprise. As part of a $100 million deal with Chinese company NetEase, a Bungie blog says the development studio aims to “become an entertainment company that supports multiple worlds at once.” In a blog post announcing the Bungie acquisition, the developer cited “accelerating talent recruitment across the studio to support our ambitious vision.”
However, Bungie has made it clear that it won’t be neglecting the Destiny franchise anytime soon. With only a few months left until the release date of Destiny 2 Lightfall, which will also feature a Destiny 2 Strand subclass, fans can only hope that the company hasn’t bitten off more than it can chew with its next project.
Source : PC Gamesn