Respawn's unannounced game vs. Bungie's unannounced game

We haven’t played them. We haven’t seen them. We don’t know what they’re about, or even what they’re called. [UPDATE: Oh, hey! They're called TitanFall and Destiny!] All we know is that they exist, but damned if we aren’t going to pit them against each other! This is by far the most least informative comparison ever.

So, what’s Respawn, the new studio created by former Infinity Ward founders, up to? It’s a safe bet that the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty luminaries are making a shooter. The same goes for the soon-to-be-free-of-Halo Bungie, and with Bungie, it’s also a safe bet that it’s a sci-fi shooter. Since Respawn is the bastard child of Infinity Ward, we can probably expect a gritty war game like Modern Warfare… but suppose they defy our expectations and go sci-fi? Gritty sci-fi? Or something completely different? Damn, this is harder than we thought.

Above: Look closely, these are the clues to the nature of two of the biggest games coming in the next few years

We’ve said several times that we’d love a sci-fi Call of Duty - something with the same CoD mechanics (we’re not talking Halo's fifty bullets per kill), but a new, futuristic setting and arsenal. We imagine that Activision won’t take that risk any time soon, but how cool would that be? Could Respawn be taking that direction? Bungie could also be taking a more realistic angle after spending so long developing the, let’s face it, arcadey Halo series.

The possibility that they’ll go in similar directions makes them competitors, but so do their backers. After their well-publicized falling out with Activision, Respawn’s founders grabbed a distribution deal with EA. Bungie, on the other hand, went to Activision for multi-platform distribution after being tied to Microsoft for the duration of the Halo series. EA publishes the two most direct and significant Call of Duty competitors, Medal of Honor and Battlefield, and though the team at Respawn is not involved with those series, their being in EA’s camp (even if just for distribution) puts them in opposition with Bungie and Activision's camp.

Above: This is war (games)!

Yes, this is a massively speculative bit of "gamz jarnlism," but it's fun to speculate. What do you think Respawn and Bungie are working on? What would you like them to be working on? Maybe they'll both surprise us and make Kinect and Move party games! (Please, no.)

Jun 22, 2010

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  • ecgwelan - January 12, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    My mind is blown just thinking of the possibilities.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - June 27, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    double post: Isn't future, realistic warefare Ghost Recon's territory?
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - June 27, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    screw shooters, im buying Elderscrolls V.
  • pin316 - June 24, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    i know a lot of people see them as different types of FPS (CoD is more realistic, or Halo is mroe arcadey, or whatever), but isn't Halo already pretty much equivalent to whatever a CoD-esque 'future-warfare' game would be like? i've love to see one of them (especially Bungie, as they have such a good track record of improvement and support for their titles) to make a creative jump genre-wise...maybe come up with some crazy method of mixing fps/RPg in a way not done yet or similar...
  • Zanthis - June 23, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    This will be something very interesting to watch play out.
  • philipshaw - June 23, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    I think Respawn will do a Sci-Fi game and Bungie will do a new Oni game lol
  • SirDinkleman - June 23, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    Man people need to stop dissin infinity ward and bungie. Yeah they've made immensely popular games that your sister knows the title of, but c'mon just because they're mainstream doesn't mean that they are bad or boring...(Ok maybe hearing about COD all the freakin time is annoying but you get my point).
  • nemesisuprising - June 23, 2010 1:49 a.m. you guys like the G4 idiots that labeled halo reach a 10/10? or are you GR people that realized that halo reach was crap? were you the people that realized halo 3 was by no means a 10? or do you get hard when you play the same exact match over and over again? db1331 was right people, stfu, and Tronto13 stfu I bet ur a canadian lol
  • Defguru7777 - June 23, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    I think Bungie's next game will be sci-fi, but not as sci-fi as Halo was/is.
  • RebornKusabi - June 23, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    While I'm not that much of a Modern Warfare OR Halo fan (I loved the former far more than the latter), I do think the prospect of both developers finally being unchained by the publishers that previously kept them chained to the games they were usually known for is a great thing. Basically, whatever they end up doing is going to be big deals... maybe... remember kids! Before they did Halo, Bungie went from Marathon (and other Mac games) and did Oni for PC/ Mac/ PS2 which while being a great idea, had a somewhat flawed end execution. reCAPTCHA: valdez in (lolwut?/)
  • DrKiss - June 22, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    @db1331 Im sorry that you've only owned a PS3 and can't play halo (although you have and you know you loved it), or got the short end of the stick when it came to CoDs DLC. So you've been pissed off at both for awhile. And sadly for you both games will shove action down your big mouth.
  • mentalityljs - June 22, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    Considering how brutal "Respawn's" fallout was with IW, I'm willing to bet that, altho they (Respawn) won that battle, they're still gonna make a game so comparable to CoD, just a whole fuck of a lot better, just to spite them. As for Bungie, don't fucking care, Halo can suck the dingleberries out of my taint pubes.
  • BSGVader - June 22, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Bungie will go on to make some new type of flight simulator that will kick all other flight sims to the curb and and Respawn will make an RTS of epic proportions and Captain Price of the future, 'cause Price is apparently reincarnated for every major war, will lead the Americans.
  • WickedSid - June 22, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    Dual-postage: Seeing as db1331 seems so morose, I think he may have to be put on suicide watch after the beat down that Lil' T-Wild just delivered to his/her front door.
  • WickedSid - June 22, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    They're obviously going to be RPG's that span the vietnam war until the end of time, whilst traveling with Doctor Who and his police box, having a great array of escapades and meeting a plethora of pundit masters of time and space. Hilarity may or may not ensue.
  • bleugh - June 22, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Well, from Bungie's insistence that their next project is a "Universe" rather than a game I'm imagining some kind of large-scale, cross-platform project, that will bring something properly new to the table. I think after 12 years they don't want to work on Halo anymore, and they're too classy to stick with the same formula. I predict something in the fantasy genre. Respawn's project will bore me, no doubt - I like West and Zampella; they're talneted guys, but they've never brought anything new to the table. CoD is just a very polished traditional FPS experience, and I think that's where Respawn knows the money is. On a different note, Hands up who thinks they should make more Jedi Knight games using the Reach Engine?
  • Ensoul - June 22, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    It's very likely that both camps will stick to what they know; I'd like to think they'd want to try something different. Bungie for example would have had they great great clones still making Halo games for Microsoft if they had stayed with them. I say great great clones because obviously there's no time for sex when your making Halo games; MS would simply clone a tissue sample from blood, sweat and/or tears. They seem to like grand scale epic stories, also seem to like community and gameplay balance is of major importance to them. Still have to wonder if they've grown tired of shooty shooty bang bang. Maybe a third person ninja game, that be new. Respawn on the other hand will stick to the FPS, only this time there will be less balancing issues and more maps from the start. Ninja's may also be involved.
  • killerrpgfan - June 22, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    HAHA db1331 you totally sucked that one up!!! NICE TYLER!! well.... very well played! You now i really hate hardcore loyalist to one system.... or pc... i guess. well anyway db1331 sucked so that is all that matters so nice article!
  • Tronto13 - June 22, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Zing!!! db1331 got owned!! Nice one Tyler :)
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - June 22, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    @db1331 I can never tell if you're playing a character or not. Either way, I'll just be over here with the rational people who enjoy the games they enjoy, rather than only the games their overzealous ideology tells them they can... (As I'm a former PC loyalist, you crack me up. :P)