If you’re wondering what Bungie has been up to since they left the Halo universe to 343 Industries, well, wonder no more as recently sealed court documents regarding Bungie and Activision’s contractual agreement has been made public.
Just to clarify, Bungie and Activision has no legal beef going on. The documents were made public as part of the on-going lawsuit between Activision and the former heads of Infinity Ward Jason West and Vince Zampella.
According to the documents, Bungie will develop four “sci-fantasy action shooter games,” which will be codenamed “Destiny” and the games will see release in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively.
Additionally, Bungie is also contracted to develop four expansion packs, codenamed “Comet,” which will see release on 2014, ,2016, 2018 and 2020,
The main games will be retail releases, but there will be other DLC, subscriptions, microstransactions and other “value-added services.”
Now, here’s the interesting part, the first game in the series will be an Xbox 360 and “Xbox 720” timed exclusive. Activision and Bungie are considering a PS3 version of the game to come out in 2014. However, the second game is targeted to come out for the 360, PS4 and PC — though it’s also in the contract that if the SKUs aren’t worthwhile or technically feasible, they can then be dropped from the release schedule.
Speaking of contracts, Activision can also terminate their agreement with Bungie without penalty if “Destiny” doesn’t sell at least 5 million units in the first six months, or for “any reason” they please after the second expansion pack is released.
Aside from the details revealed, there’s still more left unlisted. To read everything about the Activision-Bungie partnership, click here.
Now, this certainly puts a kabosh on Bungie’s future plans, no? I mean, now that we know when the games and its expansions are scheduled to come out, the suspense of not knowing what’s next is left without mystery — of course, there’s the game themselves, but you know what I’m getting at.
If the first game is expected to be out next year, then I suspect we’ll hear more about “Destiny” at E3, no?