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Bungie confirms 2013 launch for first Acti-published title

Tuesday, 22nd May 2012 01:03 GMT By Staff

Bungie has confirmed a 2013 launch for the first game in its multiple game deal with Activision as part of its new universe.

The confirmation follows the release of the full 2010 contract between developer and publisher in the wake of the upcoming trial between Acti and ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella.

The original plan had the first title, codenamed Destiny, down for a late 2013 release with sequels to follow every second year thereafter.

“While we’re not ready to show you what we’ve been working on, we can reconfirm that we are hard at work on our new universe. We can’t wait for you to see it,” said Bungie’s DeeJ on the developer’s website.

It then teased: “See you starside in 2013.”

The LA Times published the entrie 27 page contract between the two companies.

While details of the deal may have changed since the 2010 agreement, the contract locks Bungie into a four game deal, for a series of “action shooter” titles.

The first release was expected to be exclusive to Xbox consoles – either the 360 or its successor – but the franchise would later expand to PC and PlayStation.

The contract also covers four expansion packs, codenamed Comet, to be released on alternate years beginning in 2014, meaning the studio would have a major launch every year.

Interestingly, the contract outs a bonus of $2.5 million to be paid to the developer should Destiny achieve a 90 average critical rating; although bonuses of this kind are not uncommon, Develop claims it is likely the largest critical bonus pay out to be made public.

Bungie signed with Activision after severing ties with Microsoft, which fostered the company through its years as Halo’s creator and developer. 343 Industries has since taken over.

[Original story by Brenna Hillier, updates by Johnny Cullen]

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  1. manamana

    Xbox720 bungie launchtitle in late 2013 confirmed…

    Spectacular reveal btw. Saw the link to neogaf from AHA-Lambda, which is quite usefull, as it sums up all the interesting stuff.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Next gen third-party console exclusives, eh?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Thats a pretty packed, CoD style, release schedule. And don’t forget to give the gamerankings.com some hugs for letting the 7/10 out, hehehe.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dark

    More timed exclusive BS.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    This has nothing to do with Microsoft , so I don’t think there will be any exclusives.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. kingofscotland

    @1 Why are they currently hiring for PS3 if it’s next Gen??

    Cos ‘if’ it is timed exclusive at end of 2013 for new xbox, why would they be releasing for PS3 in 2014??????

    Doesn’t add up.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. polygem

    yes yes yes yes!!!
    i can´t wait to see the first gameplay of this.

    it´s multiplat. they even confirmed that. yea maybe a timed exclusive thingy ms wise. but who cares. everyone can enjoy this upcoming masterpiece. it´s awesome.

    hiring now for ps3 means hiring for sony´s main game platform in general. they wont put a job offer for ps4 on the internet. they call it ps3 until an official reveal from sony.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. speedxl01

    I think if this is an exclusive for MS (timed or not) it will be announced at E3, so this leak will affect the punch of the announcement, sorry MS!.

    That’s the relevant news..

    #8 2 years ago