Bungie teases MMO project

Joseph Staten, creative director for Bungie, shared some of the important lessons he learned from working on the first Halo. Speaking at the Games Developers Conference Online conference, Staten urged writers to not let their words get in the way of the world the development team is trying to make.

In addition to emphasizing the importance of writing within the limits of the game’s technology and avoiding the impulse to ‘start with the plot,’ Staten also dropped a big hint at what Bungie’s next Activision-published title might be.

“I think it’s a shame that we spent so much time working on this world called Halo and then we only let people spend six or eight or 10 hours in it,” said Staten. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you?”

It’s not the first time we’ve heard hints that Bungie’s next Activion-published title may be an MMO. Speaking to IGN during E3 2010, Activision COO Thomas Tipple explained why the publisher signed a 10-year publishing deal with Bungie. “We spent nine months with them to figure out what’s the best way to work together, and we came to a great solution that works for them and works for us,” said Tipple. “Bungie wouldn’t have signed if they didn’t come to the conclusion that we have by far the best online capability between what we’ve been doing in Call of Duty and the expertise and institutional knowledge that sits with Blizzard.”

A Bungie job ad posted for a Player Investment Design Lead earlier this year also suggests that Bungie’s next title will be an MMO. The most telling part of the listing reads:

The Player Investment Design Lead directs a group of designers responsible for founding a robust and rewarding investment path, supported by consistent, rich and secure incentives that drives player behavior toward having fun and investing in their characters, and then validates those systems through intense simulation, testing and iteration.

Under the responsibilities section of the job description, loaded terms like ‘in-game player rewards and incentives’ and ‘long-term goals’ for players also hint that a massively multiplayer game is in the works. Let the speculation resume!

Oct 6, 2010

Source: CVGIGNGamasutra


  • Rowdie - October 10, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    I don't think that points to an mmo at all.
  • switch22 - October 7, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    lol, I totally read the first sentence as "Joseph Stalin, creative director for Bungie,"
  • BadCompanyBrik - October 7, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    Just to calm down doubters slightly: MMOs definitely do not have to be in the 3rd person. Bungie could fairly easily make a First Person Massively Multiplayer Online Shooter (FPMMOS?) What was that great Star Wars MMO that everyone rage quit after a controversial patch? I'm fairly certain that was partially First Person, and that was by all accounts a great MMO. Also, the job add part seems like it applies to MMOs, but might not necessarily. After all, those skills and requirements could easily apply to the Armory in Reach. Somehow I can't see Bungie going MMO though. It's always been a staple among their games that everyone is on an even footing. That's why you always spawned with the same weapon, and why so much effort was put into AA balancing in Reach. Also, @farsided If by rtw you mean Rome: Total War I'm not quite sure what you're talking about. Rome is my favorite, but the rest of the Total War games are all still great. And lastly, I really hope they don't go with monthly fees.
  • joshin69 - October 7, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    considering halo started life as a mmo on PC this is no surprise
  • WillisTron - October 7, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    @TheCakeisaPie I actually live at a dorm with no rent, I said that as if I was the spammer who obviously gets paid very little if all his or her job requires is to spam random websites. (=
  • TheCakeIsaPie - October 7, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    @WillisTron: Sorry about the rent, otherwise you made me lol.
  • Jamahl - October 7, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Probably an RPG. I'm hoping so, since Arenanet is kinda already the bungie of the MMO world, although less popular.
  • reveffect - October 7, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    remember what was the downfall of ensemble studios. they ended up closing down the studio right after they were done with halo wars because they were working on a halo mmo too but something happened that i cant remember and they ended up ending the project which cost them a lot of money hence the reason why ensemble doesnt develop games anymore. bungie might have a better shot with their developing skills and the financial backing of activision but with it being an mmo there is always a chance it could dive and fail like many an mmo before it. i just dont want bungie to go the same route as ensemble but again since activision is backing this (if it is an mmo) then it probably wont be a problem. better to lose only one great studio than two, rip ensemble studios. oh yeah for those of you interested in more about ensemble attempt at a halo mmo just google it and you will find screen shots, concept art, and old news about how the project was disbanded.
  • keefster - October 7, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Aw bungie don't make me pick between you and world of warcraft... I love ye both :(
  • Helios - October 6, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Okay, I don't have a problem with Bungie making an MMO. If they want to do that, well, it's their decision. But it is a decision I will not like. Personally, I've never really been into multiplayer that much. I played a little here and a little there, but for the most part, I'm a singleplayer man. So I would not personally like it if Bungie released an MMO. Again, though, that is their decision, and I will respect that.
  • Larinah - October 6, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    Who wants to make a bet that Activision will ruin Bungie too? They've already shot Infinity Ward and Blizzard to hell. Just remember people, show them that greed doesn't work! Boycott Activision!
  • Crabhand - October 6, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    I actually read that thing about the player investment design lead the other day, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I don't know about an MMO, but they appear to have the wheels spinning internally with an idea. Not that it matters if it's an MMO, because I intend to play Star Wars The Old Republic when it comes out due to my ridiculous fanboyism of Bioware games.
  • WillisTron - October 6, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Why does the Gamesradar staff not just ban the accounts that continually spam the living **** out of every article???? Welcome everyone, good news! There are new great items in starting at just $15.00! Hats - $7.00 Shirts - $10.00 Socks - $50.00 My existence is an embarrassment to humanity as I have been reduced to a spam robot, I can barley pay my rent. - Priceless
  • cronoman66 - October 6, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    this is pretty clear its going to be in MMO territory whether it will be WoW style raids etc or APB/Global Agenda is where I can't decide, personally I think they should stick to shooters because theres a clear skill for that, but they also have a president for managing communities which would come in handy with something with a bigger player capacity, however at the end of the day, I really don't like MMO's
  • KrubKrum - October 6, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Bungie will make an awesome game. I can't wait to see what they do. I wonder If it will be futuristic like halo, or be something completely different. Only time will tell.
  • batmanboy11 - October 6, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Don't like MMOs so I don't care.
  • Grif - October 6, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Perhaps it could involve a group of aliens called the Convent fought by an elite team of super soldiers called Trojans.
  • Grif - October 6, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    Perhaps the first good console MMO?
  • farsided - October 6, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    here's hoping they don't go the way of rtw.
  • spideralex90 - October 6, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    @Spartan 117 i think Activision was just throwing Blizzards name in to show who they've worked with, i doubt think they'll be working on this game with Bungie.

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