“Well, that just happened.”
That was Bungie‘s response to a contract leaked from the Jason West/Vince Zampella lawsuit with Activision that indicated Bungie is working on a series of massively multiplayer shooter games, codenamed “Destiny.”
According to the LA Times, the agreement calls for:
four “sci-fantasy, action shooter games,” code-named “Destiny,” released every other year, beginning in the fall of 2013. Bungie also agreed to put out four downloadable expansion packs code-named “Comet,” every other year beginning in the fall of 2014.
Further reading of the contract indicates that the Destiny games will be “massively-multiplayer-style client-based mission structures with persistent elements.”
Destiny was described by a former Bungie contractor as a sci-fi MMO shooter, or “WoW in space.” Additionally, Bungie’s Joseph Staten said at GDC in 2010, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you?” and a short time later, a job listing went up for someone with RPG experience.
However, the first Destiny game will be released exclusively on Xbox 360 in 2013, which seems to all but eliminate the possibility that it will be an MMO, unless they go the DUST 514 route. Future games in the series will be released on multiple platforms, including PC.
What do you think? Does an MMOFPS from the makers of Halo sound like something you’d be interested in?