Bungie confirms next project is an action MMO

A Bungie staffer revealed to GDC attendees the studio's next release will indeed be an action-oriented MMO. The Halo dev teased such a project last year, saying "Wouldn't it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you?" so this isn't exactly shocking news.

The news dropped during the “I Shot You First: Networking the Gameplay of Halo: Reach” GDC session starring Bungie's lead network engineer, David Aldridge. In it, he confirmed the existence of an MMO project, assuring the audience Bungie is aiming to do something new with the genre, and not just squeeze out “WoW in Space” (he means Starcraft, right?).

Unfortunately, that's about as much as Aldridge was willing to offer on Bungie's first non-Halo venture in over a decade. From earlier industry whisperings, we do know the upcoming title will be published by Activision, and it has at least been on Bungie's mind since late last year. At one point, there were rumors the project would be called Destiny, but those have since been squashed.  

No matter - information is on its way. Now that Bungie has spilled the beans, expect the hype train to leave the station at any moment.

[Source: IGN UK]

Mar 4, 2011

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  • BadCompanyBrik - March 7, 2011 3:15 a.m.

    "Now, in rehearsal Aldridge was convinced that everybody got the joke. It was all in the delivery, he assured us, and he was certain it was clear that he was playfully riffing off of the recent rumors." Aldridge would be the person who supposedly revealed that it's an MMO, this is taken from Bungie's official weekly update. @UberNoob You don't know Bungie, this was officially confirmed by them months ago. @Faithtwelve Bungie is most definitely completely owned by Bungie, MS does not own any part of them. Bungie is a corporation, and every employee has a share.
  • Spybreak8 - March 6, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    I thought a persistent world was the multiplayer community of Halo 2, ahh sad face.
  • DryvBy - March 5, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    Can we QUIT making bullcrap MMOs? I'm so tired of the generic pay-to-play scams in gaming!
  • Kethmach - March 5, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Just because I see that nobody else has listed it- Bungie was joking. It's not an MMO. They were poking fun at the rumors that were going around. It's actually earned so much ire that Bungie posted an apology for the "joke gone wrong" on their weekly update. Just sayin'.
  • Ariaka - March 5, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    I'm curious how this will go. Though, silly me for hoping for a Marathon resurrection, right?
  • Letter11 - March 5, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    I wonder if they'll break into the generally uncharted console MMO Space. What ever happened to my True Fantasy Live Online Level-5?
  • Helios - March 4, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    For me, this is not cool. Not cool at all. MMOs just aren't my thing. At all.
  • Faithtwelve - March 4, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    (sigh) Bungie is not owned by nobody but Bungie with a small portion owned by Microsoft, Bungie signed a new 10 year deal with Activision for thr right to Publish, nothing more, Activision does not own Bunige, it's new IP, or any of the marketing rights or merchandising. Infinity Ward and the rest of the CoD devs ARE owned by Activision.
  • D0CCON - March 4, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    An MMO? I've tried and I've tried to get into those, but they are just way too tedious and boring for me to spend any real time in. I'm still interested in it since this is Bungie, but if the words fantasy, fetch-quest, or subscription fee ever get mentioned, I am not going near it.
  • keefster - March 4, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Will it be multi platform? Because bungies contract with microsoft has an expired we can safely expect it to be on 360, ps3, and PC right? Because when my 360 broke down a big factor of me just getting a ps3 was that bungie games would still come out on it, and bungie was my only reason for having been 360 so long. And I remember rumors of them hiring "programmers experienced with the ps3"..
  • BrettEastonElstonsAmericanIco - March 4, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    Cod MMO anyone? itd suck, but think about it. Dev creates most famous FPS outside of Cod, enlisted by makers of Cod? ITS OCCURRING!
  • UberNoob - March 4, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Activision? Activision! Activision?! ACTIVISION?! THIS IS NOT THE BUNGIE I KNOW?!
  • FunkyPickle - March 4, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Bungie has made an agreement with Activision to not have to make yearly games.
  • Subtank - March 4, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    Perhaps Activision is using Bungie to improve its reputation? Looking forward to the game. :)
  • Manguy17 - March 4, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    activision have cut bungies cord, now they will plummit
  • Lefty2005 - March 4, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    And I have officially lost interest in Bungie's next project.
  • BlankBrush - March 4, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I Agree With Wiitard07. Activision equals BAD NEWS
  • wiitard07 - March 4, 2011 6:28 p.m.

  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - March 4, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    They better take some notes from PlanetSide on how to do a skill-based, non-RPG MMO right.
  • Sharkbot - March 4, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Published by Activision? Do I get a sequel every year then?

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