What Are Bungie Up To?

Bungie parted company with Microsoft last year in an announcement that some saw as shocking. The revered developer of the Halo games (except Wars) passed that franchise off to 343 Industries and signed a publishing deal with Activision which many saw as the move towards multiplatform console development. There have also been several persistant rumours that Bungie are being courted by EA via that publisher’s Partners program.

There hasn’t been any news from the Washington based studio for some time now, other than the assertion that they will not be attending this year’s E3 show in Los Angeles. Well, now Gamespot has uncovered some interesting notices.

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It seems that a new company has been incorporated, called Bungie Aerospace Corporation, by the Bungie President, Harold Ryan. That company has then filed a trademark for something called Crimson.

Obviously, at this early stage, it’s impossible to know exactly what Crimson could be but there are one or two clues in the trademark filing. Firstly, it’s described as “computer game software downloadable from a global computer network” which implies that it’s a downloadable title, rather than a full disc release. Next, there’s reference to it being “Computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones” which implies something like an AppStore release.

Factor in the suggestions from Bungie, earlier this year, that their next project wasn’t too far in style from their previous work and this has led some to speculate that Bungie might be working on some sort of FPS with MMO style elements and a persistant trading post via mobiles. Something like Borderlands but with loot that you can trade via an App? Sounds very exciting.

The often derided mobile phone market is hugely profitable and, aside from a couple of notable exceptions, it hasn’t really been tapped into by big name console developers. Is Bungie Aerospace Corporation and entirely new wing of the Halo developer that will focus solely on mobile applications?

It’s a bit early for too much speculation but one thing is for sure: Bungie are definitely up to something.

Source: Gamespot

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22 Comments

  1. An important question that must be asked:
    Will there be a downloadable cross platform bald space marines FPS from Bungie?

  2. Want.

    Don’t even know what it is they’re working on but… want.

    • And just for balance:

      Couldn’t give a flying monkeys.

    • Matt, you should try religion out. It would suit someone with such blind faith. Now… bend over. :-)

      • Hah, not so blind, though. Loved everything they’ve done dating all the way back to Marathon. I even liked Oni better than most.

    • Bungie “Aerospace” Corporation

      Maybe it’s a super duper simulator like the ones seen at fairgrounds that lets you fly a banshee :D

  3. I just want them to revive Project Phoenix from a decade ago. All it had was a codename and some rumoured, rather medieval looking concept art.
    Basically, I just want to know what Phoenix was!

    • Would also make the name pretty apt! :)

  4. Interesting

    Would be good for gaming if they managed to stay out of EAs clutches who’s only aim in life seems to be to provide a million alternatives to CoD, instead of just concentrating on doing there own thing & doing it really well as they more than often do.

    Hopefully Bungie remain free to work on whatever they want and then with the might of Activision publishing arm behind them it reaches a large audience and breaks new territories for a mainstream title by having different aspects of the game tailor-made for different platforms.

    • ” only aim in life seems to be to provide a million alternatives to CoD, instead of just concentrating on doing there own thing ”

      Dead Space? Dantes Infero? The massive EA Sports range? Need for speed? Gattling Gears? Alice? Darkspore? The Sims? Crysis? Mass Effect? Dragon Age? Do I need to go on or have I pointed out what utter tosh your statement is?

      • But those games are utter tosh ;-)

      • Nice snip of the sentence TC, which makes your point utter tosh

        Allow me to finish it for you “instead of just concentrating on doing there own thing & doing it really well as they more than often do.”

        Everyone who can read knows they’re only interested in displacing CoD. The statements from their CEO’s and various game designers point to that, hence the return of the MoH brand and finally getting around to BF3… which along with its spinoffs like Bad Company & the range of 19xx will be appearing more than annually from now on, with MoH further crowding the market, along with their willingness to court controversy just for the sake of it to gain column inches.

      • You said they were making COD clones INSTEAD of concentrating on.. I was pointing out they do concentrate on other things. They have more sports games than shooters, so are certainly not “only aim in life seems to be to provide a million alternatives to CoD”

      • One shooter.

        So please explain “which along with its spinoffs like Bad Company & the range of 19xx will be appearing more than annually from now on, with MoH further crowding the market, ”

        Have you got a scoop on MOH2? BF:BC3? I’m all ears..

      • Bah comment got cut in half – i meant to say..
        This year EA are relasing Battelfield 3 and that’s it as far as I know. No announcements about MOH2, Bad Company or 1942 or whatever they just have Battelfield 3.

        One shooter.

        So please explain “which along with its spinoffs like Bad Company & the range of 19xx will be appearing more than annually from now on, with MoH further crowding the market, ”

        Have you got a scoop on MOH2? BF:BC3? I’m all ears..

  5. If it’s comparable to Borderlands then it must be awesome! :D

  6. Forget bungie….I want to know what respawn are upto ;)

  7. respawn are making the next zumba fitness

  8. I think Bungie are playing Halo everyday and have forgotten about their next project.:P. I wonder if it is a cod and halo crossover?

  9. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with, hopefully it won’t be overhyped garbage.

  10. Im excited to see the next Bungie adventure!

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