What is Bungie Aerospace? Here are four ideas

There%26rsquo;s nothing that can%26rsquo;t be deciphered by a bit of professionally-trained journalistic guessing basedon vague and nebulous product registrations, so by Zeus that%26rsquo;s exactly what we%26rsquo;re going to do with Bungie%26rsquo;s new project. Here are a few suggestions, and their likelihoods of being true.

It%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;t think Aerospace is its mysterious new IP. The reason? Devs don%26rsquo;t tend toovertly namecheck themselves on their game boxes,except in the cases of American McGee and Archer MacLean. And look how that latterexamplemost recently turned out.

Yes, Bungie is working on a new IP, but Aerospace just doesn%26rsquo;t sound like a game title to us. And besides, if it was a game it%26rsquo;d already be a much bigger deal. You know how Bungie loves its cryptic teasers.

Probability: 4/10

It%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;t made with Epic%26rsquo;s Unreal engine.

Probability: 7/10

It%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;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 Bungie.net, 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%26rsquo;s cool for that sort of thing at the moment.

Probability: 8/10

It%26rsquo;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