Bungie-Activision Project Leaked, Reveals 'Destiny' Title: What You Need to Know

By Jonathan Charles | May 22, 2012 01:10 PM EDT

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After ending its ten-year stint of working on Halo with Halo: Reach, Bungie became a multi-platform studio and signed a ten-year contract with Activision. The company has remained quiet on what its next game will be, but leaked details looks to have revealed the information.

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Marathon, Release Schedule

A 27-page document, reported by the LA Times, revealed Bungie is developing bi-yearly sci-fi shooters, which will release from 2013. Codenamed "Destiny," Bungie will release four expansion packs currently codenamed "Comet" every other year from 2014.

Bungie could also be working on a successor to its Marathon franchise, according to the document, which released in 1994. The document said Bungie will be able to allow up to 5 percent of its staff to work as a prototype team on a Marathon game.

Despite Bungie hiring for employees with PlayStation 3 experience, the first Destiny title will be available on the Xbox 360 and perhaps its next-gen successor. Later Destiny titles will be available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, along with the PC.

Bonuses

Activision will pay Bungie $2.5 million a year in bonuses between 2010 and 2013 if certain budget criteria is met. If the first Destiny title receives a score of 90 or higher on GameRankings.com, a Web site which collects reviews for games and converts the score to out of 100, Bungie would receive an additional $2.5 million.

Bungie will also take 20-35 percent of royalties as an operating income from the funds left after Activision deducts costs on development, production and marketing.

West and Zampella Versus Activision

The leaked information coincided with a trial involving Call of Duty, which involves developers on the franchise - Jason West and Vincent Zampella. Activision fired the two a month before the deal in March 2010. Bungie announced the Activision deal on April 29, 2010.

The attorney for both former employees said smaller royalties were taken relative to the Bungie employees in exchange for more creative control of the Call of Duty franchise. It was argued the pair is entitled to royalties for the creative control, which could potentially be in millions. West and Zampella are claiming that figure could be as much as $1 billion.

However, as the LA Times noted, Bungie isn't an employee of Activision.

 

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