With the game codenamed "Matter", here's everything we know about the project so far.
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A new job listing has suggested Bungie's next project is a free-to-play title, but it's unknown at this time whether it could be Matter or something else entirely.
What Is Matter?
Bungie stated that they intend to release their next game franchise by 2025, so it could be a while before we hear more. In 2018 they filed for a trademark under the name 'Matter', which looks likely to be the new game's title (or more likely, codename).
Also in 2018, Chinese company NetEase invested $100 million into Bungie, they said that this would help them to build new worlds and explore new directions.
Unlike the Destiny and Halo franchises, the tone of "Matter" is said to be more light-hearted and whimsical. The first job advertisement to appear was for an Incubation Art Director, it read:
“Are you on a mission to create games that bond players together into deeply invested communities? Would you like to work on something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters?"
When you think of Destiny or Halo, the last words that come to mind are comedic or whimsical.
In September last year, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons talked about the company’s future.
“We need to build our publishing group, but part of our vision is also to become a multi-franchise entertainment company.”
Maybe they're doing just that, branching out into new genres and becoming a multi-franchise studio as planned.
In November 2020, Parons discussed new projects that "continue to really show promise".
"So we started about three years ago, Jason [Jones] and Jonny Ebbert and Zach Russell and a few of us started working on new incubations," Parsons told Metro.
"Actually, ironically, we expected a decently high failure rate from the incubations and what’s happened is, we are pretty excited about the work that’s being done not just on continuing the Destiny universe, but because we’ve been able to build such a deep bench of talent, these incubations are really amazing."
The most recent job listing was for an Incubation Investment Designer:
“You are the glue between the sword and the reward. You will work in tandem with our sandbox and economy teams to build and distribute items to our players. Living inside a giant database of hundreds of baubles, weapons, and armor is nothing new to you. And neither is building a system to cleverly distribute those items in a necromancer's dungeon.”
By the sounds of it, the next game in production has a similar style to Diablo, an RPG dungeon crawler.
Although, there's a chance Bungie don't plan on making a game so 'fantasy' based.
They could be using words like sword and necromancers dungeon as substitutes to hide the real theme of their next project.
Bungie is and always has been very sci-fi focused so it would definitely be a turn of events if they delve into fantasy.
Given that the game is likely to launch well into the next console generation, we'd imagine we'll see PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of Matter. We're also expecting a PC port, especially considering how popular Destiny 2's was.
Needless to say, we won't be seeing Matter for quite some time. Expect a full reveal in the, um, years to come.