While preparations are underway for the launch of The Eclipse, the new expansion of Destiny 2, Bungie continues to carry on in great secrecy a number of unannounced projects under the aegis of Sonywhich in 2022 shelled out $3.6 billion to secure the services of the Bellevue development company.
In recent months Bungie has repeatedly repeated that the agreement with Sony will provide the means and resources necessary to pursue its ambitious projects, which are still shrouded in mystery. If we exclude various rumors and assumptions, we do not know exactly what is taking shape in the studios of the creators of Destiny, however the job announcements appear quite clear. Scrolling through the pages dedicated to recruitment, we notice that the word “durable” is often repeated, furthermore in the request for collaboration for a Systems Designer there is clearly reference to aspects such as “progression, monetization and live events”.
Words that seem to scream at the top of their lungs “live service”, which shouldn’t be too surprising. Early last year Sony made clear its intention to to focus strongly on the continuous support video game market, confirming the desire to publish as many as 10 game-as-a-service by 2026, and the acquisition of Bungie – a company that understands GaaS – has always appeared as a necessary step towards achieving this goal. Job postings do nothing but validate the assumptions they want, among others, too a live service game under development on behalf of Sony.
For the sake of completeness, we recall that in recent months there have also been rumors that Bungie is involved in a third-person fantasy game, codenamed “Matter”, not to mention the rumors about the resurrection of Marathon, one of the first IPs of the studio . None of this has yet been confirmed, however we would like to say that one thing does not exclude the other. Bungie has the ability to develop more than one project at the same time, especially if sponsored by Sony, so we can look to the future with curiosity. We reorder that one of Bungie’s new IPs should debut by 2025.