What is Bungie Aerospace? Here are four ideas

The House of Halo has trademarked something called Bungie Aerospace, but isn’t saying what it is. But as we know all too well at GR, in the absence of official announcements from developers, patents and trademarks are second only to listings as sources of cold hard, games industry fact.

There’s nothing that can’t be deciphered by a bit of professionally-trained journalistic guessing based on vague and nebulous product registrations, so by Zeus that’s exactly what we’re going to do with Bungie’s new project. Here are a few suggestions, and their likelihoods of being true.

It’s a new game


Above: Hardly jumps off the shelf, does it?

Doubtful, to be honest. We know that Bungie is absolutely done with Halo after Reach is out, but we don’t think Aerospace is its mysterious new IP. The reason? Devs don’t tend to overtly namecheck themselves on their game boxes, except in the cases of American McGee and Archer MacLean. And look how that latter example most recently turned out.

Yes, Bungie is working on a new IP, but Aerospace just doesn’t sound like a game title to us. And besides, if it was a game it’d already be a much bigger deal. You know how Bungie loves its cryptic teasers.

Probability: 4/10

It’s a licensable engine

Above: Bungie's current tech is rather pretty, so engine licensing is plausible

If you want to be a big deal in the industry, you make lots of good games. If you want to be a really big deal, you make a couple of good games, sell the engine tech to everyone else, and let them make lots of average games that look a lot like yours but not as good. Epic knows this, and Bungie must too.

Thus, with the big B finally stepping up its tech with Reach, and Microsoft-free independence imminent, it makes a lot of sense that the dev would be looking into new avenues of profit for its digital wares. And if so, it may be no bad thing. While Halo 3 was never technologically mind-blowing, Reach looks none too bad, and we need at least some games that aren’t made with Epic’s Unreal engine.

Probability: 7/10

It’s a new community/distribution platform


Above: Think Steam but with more Bungie logos

Now this is really worth thinking about. With Bungie soon completely free of Microsoft and new publishers yet to be announced, it’s entirely possible that Bungie is working on some sort of mini-Steam equivalent for the distribution of its own games.

The dev already has a massive community based around, but with so much of that Halo-related, its understandable that it might want a fresh start for the new iteration of the company. If branching into the PC market with its next (presumed) shooter, combining that community with a digital distribution network makes all kinds of sense. And besides, Aerospace is exactly the kind of  cloud/sky/general meteorology-type name that’s cool for that sort of thing at the moment.

Probability: 8/10

It’s a new transport manufacture division

Above: Safety not guaranteed

Specialising in providing cheap, affordable flight via the medium of giant elasticated ropes.

Probability: 10/10


  • xcarlosx - March 16, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    hopefully it's something not Halo.
  • beezn - March 16, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    All I know is that it will be riddled with 7's
  • DLSemen - March 16, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    Its a sequel to Revolution X...this time, IN SPACE!
  • CH3BURASHKA - March 16, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    Because of the 'space' reference, I'm thinking Steam clone, but of what medium? Will Microsoft allow a 3rd party (Bungie IS technically a third party now, right?) to distribute content that's not sanctioned by them? Doubtful.
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 16, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Dudes, all I'm for that last one But in response to xcarlosx, I really don't think it's going to be a new Halo game, considering it's been made pretty blear that they're done, no more after Halo Reach. A new Steam-like digital distribution platform for the PC intrigues me greatly, porting a future PC game, and dare I say it, even Halo 3, ODST, and Reach? Only can only dream. But the idea in general sounds more plausible than the engine. I would think that if it had something to do with the Halo Reach engine (which is what GR is theorizing, it sounded like) then we would have heard about it by now. But a mini-Steam service that they're still developing for their next game after Reach? That sounds more plausible.
  • mattol58 - March 16, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Im thinking a new digital distribution site like steam, but a new transport manufacture division would be awesome :D !!
  • ventanger - March 16, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    It's an online platform to digitally distribute teabags to anyone you defeat in an forum debate.
  • american101 - March 16, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    thats a well super wierd name, but im sure when it comes to its new "off the shelf" Ideas and production, they sure seem to leave alot of people in either aw or awwwwww.
  • noobeater - March 16, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    you've opened my eyes, i always just thought it was a codename for a project they were creating. and you all know that kind of transportation is nothing short of awesome
  • JJBSterling - March 16, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Halo: Space Combat?
  • legory - March 17, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    The last one is actually very logical. Bungie's 7th step for world domination: Aquire giant slingshot and send enemies into the sun.
  • Spydie4x4 - March 17, 2010 4:39 a.m.

  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 17, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    I'm thinking the engine is a good one....
  • philipshaw - March 17, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    Hope it's something to do with their next game that will hopefully come out on PS3
  • WaldoOfWhere - March 20, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    Oh its Bungie so its gotta be the last one since the last one is Step #7 to WORLD DOMINATION
  • arore - October 12, 2010 10 p.m.

    One of the 7 steps to world domination....and final. Take over World and shoot enemies into sun with Giant Slingshot.... Perfect....example here ^ | |
  • edwinmonteagudo - December 24, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    Guyz I think Itz jus a New Publisher Combined Activison & Bungie To make call Of duty aeurospace Like Halo For the all systems Since all Those Rumors about bungie signig wit activision jus to make dat super Mutiplayer game

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