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Details on new Bungie game revealed in Activision court case

As part of a court dispute, a California court saw fit to unseal contracts between Activision and Halo developer, Bungie, pertaining to their upcoming collaboration. While the contracts contain mostly business information, and none of the fun stuff (in-game information) we pulled a few juicy tidbits from the report.

As was previously known, the contract bound famed developer Bungie to infamous publisher Activision, and tasked them with creating a new "sci-fantasy action" video game series. Up until now, all we really knew was that the game was neither Halo nor Marathon, two of Bungie's previous games.

According to the LA Times which first viewed the documents, the contract is for a game code-named "Destiny" which will be the first of a series that will release every other year starting in Fall 2013. The contract also bound Bungie to release four DLC packs for each game, which are codenamed "Comet."

These releases are scheduled to be releasing on both Xbox 360 as well as Microsoft's next system which is referred to as "Xbox 720." The first game will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, but future games will branch out and be available on PS3 and/or its successor.

Another interesting note that was revealed, shows that Bungie was explicitly given the right to devote 5% of its work force toward developing a sequel to the cult Mac-hit Marathon. 

Now that the cat is - ever so slightly - out of the bag, we're wondering if we'll hear anything about this project at E3 in a couple weeks. However, with a Fall 2013 release date, that seems unlikely.

7 comments

  • wingsdjy - May 22, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Somewhat surprised there wasn't a clause allowing another Activision studio to release games under the same "Destiny" franchise every other year starting in 2014.
  • SirManguydude - May 22, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    So Bungie is working on Call of Duty Future Warfare?
  • lwright86 - May 22, 2012 2:21 a.m.

    Every other year starting 2013? Sounds like it would step on COD's toes... is anyone else thinking they're lining it up to replace Infinity Ward's COD, and alternate Treyarch COD and Bungie's new IP every year instead?
  • Person5 - May 21, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    I knew Activision would suck Bungie's soul dry, ah well, I'll just wait the decade they have signed with Activision before they have a chance at redemption
  • Viron - May 21, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    So they already know it's gonna be a success? Good can't wait to hear what it is. Because if they want one every other year it better be amazing. Also Xbox exclusive for the first game but not the second? Uhhh ok, I didn't know that was something you plan in advance. Do they plan in one of the sequels to be shit so that the next one will look that much better by comparison?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 21, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    A release every OTHER year? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE REAL ACTIVISION!?!
  • SpadesSlick - May 21, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Every other year and 4 dlc packs? Yeah Activision hasn't changed a bit lol. No way can we wait until they improve upon the game in any meaningful way we must churn out blocks of shit until the well is dry. Well a marathon sequel is pretty awesome I guess.

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