Bungie’s new IP appears to be a third-person action game using the Destiny 2 engine

It’s no secret that Bungie, the Bellevue-based game developer known for Marathon, Myth, Oni, Halo, and Destiny, is working on a brand new IP.

In June 2018, Bungie received a $100 million investment from NetEase to become a multi-franchise studio. At the time, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons stated:

This new partnership will enable us to accelerate our global vision while building new teams dedicated to delivering entirely new experiences. NetEase creates and runs some of the most popular games on the planet. We’re excited for them to bring their experience as we enter this new chapter in Bungie’s history.

Just a few months later, a new brand was found for a project called Matter. Bungie remained silent for some time before announcing updated growth plans in early 2021. The studio revealed its plans to move to a much larger office by fall 2022, which would also facilitate its goal to release at least one new IP by 2025.

A new Lead Gameplay engineer’s job now suggests that the game will be a third-person action game, in a departure from Halo and Destiny since the two games were only playable in first-person. Interestingly, an earlier release of the job opening (picked up by The Game Post) also stated that the project would be developed using Bungie’s Tiger Engine, the same one used in Destiny 2.

It is not clear if the subsequent modifications to the job listing were made because the studio was not yet ready to publicly announce the engine or because the project has since switched engines. In any case, if the scheduled 2025 launch window holds, there’s a chance we’ll hear something concrete about the new Bungie IP sometime next year. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that a recent rumor suggests that the studio may be reviving the Marathon IP with its shooter game. This will probably be a different project as Marathon is clearly not a new IP.

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The studio is working hard to release the next expansion for Destiny 2, Lightfall, which is set for release on February 28th. And as a reminder, Sony acquired Bungie earlier this year in a $3.6 billion deal. Its projects will remain cross-platform.

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