Bungie: New game is "massively multiplayer action game"

But Halo creators reject "World of Warcraft in space" description at GDC panel

Original Halo developer Bungie has confirmed that its first new title back as an independent, multiplatform studio will be a massively multiplayer online game.

The description of "massively multiplayer action game" was offered by Bungie network engineer David Aldridge at a GDC session entitled, 'I Shot You First: Networking the Gameplay of Halo: Reach' - as reported by IGN.

Although nothing official has ever been announced about Bungie's next project, rumours have long suggested that the game was an online-focused shooter. Some sources have even suggested that World of Warcraft maker Blizzard was providing assistance on the project.

The latter rumours led to the project being summarised as "WoW in space" by some commentators, but an outright rejection of this tag was the only other comment made by Aldridge at his session.

After leaving Microsoft and the Halo franchise behind them, Bungie signed a 10-year publishing deal with Activision Blizzard. Bungie retains ownership of the new IP though and there has never been any official confirmation of the developer collaborating with other Activision studios.

The new game is believed to be codenamed "Tiger", with recent reports suggesting that it is a sci-fi themed game with the final name of Destiny.

Previously the best hint as to the nature of the game was at GDC 2010, where Bungie's Joseph Staten replied to a question about the game by asking the question: "Wouldn't it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you?"

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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek7 years ago
Sounds interesting, I loved playing Planetside back in the day. But nothing has really come along to fill its place ever since.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham7 years ago
Sony are working on Planetside 2. Should be very cool.

I'm interested to see what comes of this. Bungie and Blizzard could pull off something amazing.
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Bungie working with Activision/Blizzard is just mind blowing. Especially if Blizzard is really sending some talented people over to work with them and help them out.

Looks like Activision is bringing in the big guns! I don't blame them though, cause Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR are looking unbelievably good compared to WoW.
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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart7 years ago
ATVI are best in class when it comes to MMOs. And I am not talking about the WoW content. I am talking about data centre and utilities management, customer service, global marketing and sales. No surprise Bungie came to ATVI. There's no one else. It will be interesting to see how ERTS handles things with Star Wars given the potential large initial take up.
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Adam Ross7 years ago
Seems a bit harsh that there most popular franchise had to stay with Microsoft.
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Private Industry 7 years ago
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
Adam - "Seems a bit harsh that there most popular franchise had to stay with Microsoft."

Microsoft bought Bungie back in 2000, I think, and I believe it was largely because they were impressed with Halo, which was in development at the time (which as I recall began life as an RTS and then after that was going to be a third-person shooter, before MS were on the scene).

Anyway, it was unusual enough that Microsoft allowed Bungie to buy back their independence seeing as it was their primary studio, but there was no way Microsoft would allow Bungie to regain their independence and opportunity to work on multi-format projects and and take ownership of the multi-billion dollar Halo franchise with them. Perhaps it sucks a bit for Bungie (although after 10 years of Halo, perhaps they relished the chance to work on something else), but that's generally what happens when you sell out to a major publisher - control of your brands or output is lost.
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Sean Warren Inspector 7 years ago
Troll troll troll... what is happening to this industry, professionalism seems to be a thing of the past. I imagine its the economy turning the sharks in on themselves. Whats wrong? Do the Garriots of the world really believe they deserve more than the average tester? Occupy the game industry... Seriously though, this beast is getting out of hand. I love you guys and girls at Bungie and it is a DevCon and all, but with the media that comes out of GDC, a joke is a joke is someones dreams stepped on... tread softly gentlemen.
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