Bungie Confirms Destiny, a Sci-Fi Action Shooter Out in 2013 as an Xbox Timed-Exclusive
Written By
View author's profile

Bungie’s next game will be called Destiny, the first title in a “sci-fi fantasy, action shooter” series set to launch on Xbox 360, with later ports and sequels planned for multi-platform and next-gen systems.

That’s according to a 2010 contract between the former Halo developer and publisher Activision. Made public thanks to the ongoing lawsuit between Acti and ex-Infinity Ward heads West and Zampella, the contract states that the first in the series will launch in the Autumn next year.

Beyond that, the contract details a four game deal, with a new title in the series set to release every other year from 2013 to 2019. Then in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020, major expansions - called “Comets” - are planned to plug the gaps.

Between Destiny game releases and Comet add-on releases, interim DLC packages will also hit. The contract states that the game and it’s expansion content will be available via a mix of packaged goods, subscriptions, downloadable content, value-added services and micro-transactions.

The Xbox 360 will be the lead development platform for the first Destiny game, with a version also set for the console’s successor, referred to in the contract as the “Xbox 720.” Based on technological and financial feasibility, a PlayStation 3 version of the game is also planned for 2014. 

That particular decision should already have been settled upon, as the contract states that the technical feasibility of a PS3 version of the game should be made “no later than January 31, 2011,” with the business feasibility decision coming “no later than March 31, 2011.”

“In no event” will Bungie be forced to ship a PlayStation 3 version of the game in 2013, alongside the Xbox 360 version, says the contract. So while the series will eventually be available across all platforms, with future releases enjoying synchronous releases, the first game is a timed Xbox exclusive.

Under the terms of the deal, Bungie will get royalties of between 20 and 35 per cent of the "operating income." That’s what’s left of the revenue once Activision deducts development, production and marketing expenses. 

In addition to this, Activision will pay Bungie $2.5 million a year in bonuses between 2010 and 2013 if the studio meets various quality and budget milestones. Plus there’s a further $2.5 million up for grabs if the first Destiny game achieves a 90+ review score average on 30 days after launch.

The stakes are high then, with the contract stating that Activision can terminate the deal without penalty if Destiny doesn't sell at least five million units in the first six months of release. It’s worth noting, of course, that the details of the contract may have changed in the two years since it was signed.

Bungie has confirmed the news. Or some of it anyway. Reacting to the leak the studio confirmed the 2013 release date for Destiny, saying "Well, that just happened..."

"So, yeah. 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. See you starside in 2013."

The title “Destiny,” alongside various snippets of information, has followed Bungie around for quite some time, much of which suggests that Destiny is heavily MMO-influenced.

It all kicked off in January last year when Bungie advertised for MMO designers. That was followed in Feb when a disgruntled ex-employee revealed that the game was called Destiny, describing it as “WoW in space.”

That was followed by Bungie’s Lead Network Engineer, David Aldridge, telling GDC 2011 that the studio's next game is an action MMO, before later denying it. 

Then, in May last year, a trademark for “Destiny” was discovered from a company formed by Bungie staffers Harold Ryan and Marty O’Donnell. An icon filed with the trademark also appeared on Jonty Barnes’ shirt at PAX. You can check it out below.

No confirmation, either from Activision or Bungie, has been forthcoming regarding the MMO-like nature of Destiny. However, based on the evidence, it looks like that's what we're getting. Expect more, much more, in the coming weeks and months.

[via LA Times]


User Comments

Forum Posts: 3867
Comment #1 by JORDAN K 95
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:06:41 AM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Sounds ace!

Forum Posts: 3223
Comment #2 by DecadentBeaver
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:11:55 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
With the success Bungie have had with the Halo franchise, I'm sure that they will be onto a winner here. Might have a look at this when its released.

Forum Posts: 51
Comment #3 by GhostMaker 343
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:12:20 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
I hope it's free to play.

Forum Posts: 130
Comment #4 by Space Cadet
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:22:00 AM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment

Forum Posts: 11
Comment #5 by Callam001
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:24:09 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
that logo sucks

Forum Posts: 225
Comment #6 by combustible lemon
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:24:21 AM
(4Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
I wonder how long it will be before the scumbags at activision ruin the bungie we know and love

and what if the game gets an average of 89 on activision would probably give bungie the middle finger and keep the $2.5 million.

Forum Posts: 212
Comment #7 by O0mix0O
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:31:02 AM
(3Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
"expansion content will be available via a mix of packaged goods, subscriptions, downloadable content, value-added services and micro-transactions" Activision hard at work thinking of ways to strip you of cash...

Forum Posts: 0
Comment #8 by Elixir
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:33:37 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Its cool that its an Xbox exclusive for a while but I hope the "later ports" aren't going to make the 360 version inferior. I hate it when that happens lol

Forum Posts: 311
Comment #9 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:38:34 AM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@6 ?? if the game gets 89% on gamerankings then they dont get the bonus, its not about giving them the middle finger, thats just how targets work, dumbass.

Forum Posts: 22
Comment #10 by Mattymace666
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:39:48 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Well, it's Bungie. So I will be keep a close eye on this one. :)

Forum Posts: 19
Comment #11 by SeraphTC
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:41:00 AM
(3Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
If I was a developer I'd be *very* worried about any portion of my profits appearing in an Activision contract as 'bonuses'. That's just a great way for Acti to shift goal posts and screw them over.

I really wish these guys hadn't gone to Activision. I really, really do. 2k or Bethesda would have been a much better fit in terms of allowing creativitiy.

Oh sure - the first game will be all Bungie. But as soon as it makes money, watch Activision start cash-cowing it and running it into the ground until we're all sick of the sight of it.

I hope Bungie completely own the rights to this franchise, so that if/when Activision become a pain in the ass they can just walk away and take it somewhere else.

Forum Posts: 394
Comment #12 by MangledRex
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:50:30 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Hopefully we'll hear something at e3 about it

Forum Posts: 523
Comment #13 by Arenazombie
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 05:54:32 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
"The contract states that the game and it’s expansion content will be available via a mix of packaged goods, subscriptions, downloadable content, value-added services and micro-transactions."

I'll wait for a complete edition.

Forum Posts: 917
Comment #14 by I mak3 big boom
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:05:59 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Finally... another exclusive besides halo gears and kinect games.

Forum Posts: 932
Comment #15 by Agusta1
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:06:03 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
All we can hope is that Activision manages to market it enough so that it meets expectations.

I'll assume we are going to get a huge saturation of marketing next year for it.

Forum Posts: 14
Comment #17 by Ev3rything I Am
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:17:38 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Should be interesting.

Forum Posts: 454
Comment #18 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:30:15 AM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
a game release evey other year with an expansion eveey other year aswell
so a game evey year, do activision not know of another business stratergy i want quality not quantity

Forum Posts: 1593
Comment #19 by H0p3sfalL
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:30:16 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment

Might want to choose your words better next you post.... Just sayin.

Forum Posts: 48
Comment #20 by Ereaser NL
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:48:08 AM
(-1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@16 That made no sence what so ever !

Forum Posts: 227
Comment #21 by Brengun
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:52:18 AM
(-2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@ 3 dumb
@ 16 dumber

Forum Posts: 3
Comment #22 by Reece Poolinho
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:53:32 AM
(3Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
So Bungie are ditching Halo to do a "SciFi Action Shooter"....

whats the point?

Forum Posts: 893
Comment #23 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:55:22 AM
(4Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Activision better not release this extra content in a niggardly fashion.

inb4 racist, look it up

Forum Posts: 108
Comment #24 by Slayinfool
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:14:00 AM
(-2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Destiny?? Gay name...

Forum Posts: 213
Comment #25 by lazygammer13
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:36:55 AM
(1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
It sounds like Acti is going to further try and squeeze every ounce of money they can out of us with all these "comets, subscriptions, and dlc" they have planned. Still, color me intrigued.

Forum Posts: 2006
Comment #26 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:43:32 AM
(4Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Bungie YAY!
Activision NAY!

Forum Posts: 50
Comment #27 by Justin11
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:44:44 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
hard to top a halo franchise, i hope this doesn't disappoint

plz dont make it like reach

Forum Posts: 738
Comment #28 by DerEnglaender
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:52:30 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
a sci-fi shooter? havent played on them them in a while...

Forum Posts: 45
Comment #29 by 123yhman
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:52:44 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Sounds pretty cool guessing I guess, just have to wait and see for more info

Forum Posts: 233
Comment #30 by Cinderkin
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 07:53:57 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
This is my Destiny!

Forum Posts: 1491
Comment #31 by ThePumpkinKing
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 08:13:26 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
How the shit did this come up in the suit between ex-IW heads and Activision?

I mean, really? Why would information of this nature, that has nothing to do with the CoD franchise, be disclosed in this fashion?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Forum Posts: 115
Comment #32 by Mittens2317
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 08:27:15 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Wasn't the main reason behind leaving MS because they didn't want to be confined to just developing FPS after FPS? They've essentially moved down in the industry to make the same type of games they were making before, putting their studio's credibility on the line, as well as their jobs, and probably for less money. Is it just me, or is there very little sense in the switch?

Forum Posts: 813
Comment #33 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 08:36:44 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
sci-fi shooter?

Stick with what you know, I guess.

Forum Posts: 0
Comment #34 by Phantom92108
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 08:58:56 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
sounds cool, hope it has a good story

Forum Posts: 956
Comment #35 by Lord Montymort
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 09:20:28 AM
(1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
So...There making Halo again?

Forum Posts: 553
Comment #36 by Hansathan
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 10:36:09 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
That's a pretty detailed contract.

Forum Posts: 215
Comment #37 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 11:01:24 AM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@36: They are (they're). Stay in school.

On topic: Bungie ran Halo into the ground, anything else they make will just be garbage. I have lost faith in that developer.

Forum Posts: 215
Comment #38 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 11:03:17 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@35, not 36.

Forum Posts: 9
Comment #39 by El Hongo 93
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 12:08:49 PM
(2Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Bungie making a sci-fi shooter...could of thought outside the box a bit? Also with all these sequels lined up and extra expansions in between its going to be another activision cash cow just like cod. So am slightly skeptical about this one

Forum Posts: 40
Comment #40 by JGar77
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 03:22:42 PM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
I absolutely agree with #39. I'm rather disappointed and underwhelmed.

On top of Destiny having the same old sci-fi theme and having pre-planned sequels, the possibility of Destiny being an MMO is a major, serious turn-off.

Color me pessimistic; my impression of the game at this point can only improve, I suppose.

Forum Posts: 178
Comment #41 by Blue Thunder28
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 04:06:04 PM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@16 HAhahahah what?!?!

OT: I cannot wait to play this damn game! I hope it's first gameplay trailer leaves a good impression.

Forum Posts: 0
Comment #42 by guy298
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:04:08 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@24 You're a gay name...

Forum Posts: 6
Comment #43 by Lil 73017
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 01:09:17 AM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
As a Halo fan I am excited to see what else Bungie can bring to the table... I just hope Activison does not bring them down.

Forum Posts: 0
Comment #44 by SkyRoss
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:48:41 PM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
@3 its gonna be 60 Dollars

Forum Posts: 19
Comment #45 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 01:03:10 PM
(0) Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Destiny, sounds like a sassy black chick!

Forum Posts: 6
Comment #46 by The Red Russian
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:24:43 PM
(1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment
Sci-fi fantasy, action shooter?


No, but really, I'm looking forward to this. I love Bungie and can't wait to see what they come up with!

You need to register before being able to post comments.


Game Info


US September 09, 2014
Europe September 09, 2014
Japan September 09, 2014

Related News