Bungie’s Next Game to Feature ‘Sandbox’ Elements

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Bungie Destiny

It feels like it’s been a while since gamers got their hands on a Bungie title. Halo: Reach was the last game to arrive on store shelves courtesy of the developer, but since then the company has severed ties to Microsoft and given up the Halo franchise to pursue the development of a new property — signing a 10 year agreement with Activision in the process. Bungie teasing its next project with cryptic t-shirts was a nice distraction, but gamers are ravenous for information on the developer’s next game. Despite concrete details about the project, codenamed Destiny, being kept secret for now, fans have received a small tidbit of news from the company’s official site.

During the latest ‘Mail Sack’ feature on Bungie.net, one fan asked what Bungie thought of Rockstar Games and the titles that it’d produced. The Bungie dev hosting the fan-focused Q&A, more specifically DeeJ (David Dague), was more than happy to answer the curious gamer’s question, and confirmed that his company had hired Danny Bulla of Red Dead Redemption fame to help them “fill your next sandbox.”

“We liked Red Dead Redemption so much that we hired Danny Bulla to come here and help us fill your next sandbox. He’s doing some amazing work and, so far, he hasn’t tried to lash any of us to a pair of railroad tracks.”

Despite news that the first Destiny installment will be an Xbox 360/720 exclusive (information that was made public courtesy of the Call of Duty‘ lawsuit earlier this year), there’s been absolutely no info for fans to sink their teeth into. Previous rumors have pegged the mystery game Bungie is working on to be an MMO, but that’s incredibly unlikely given that the creators of Halo are set to deliver three additional followups to Destiny within a 10 year time frame.

An open-world sandbox sounds ideal, and it’s in line with the original plans the company had for Halo: Combat Evolved before being purchased by Microsoft. The original concept was filled to the brim with exotic wildlife, vehicles, and massive areas for gamers to explore, so maybe fans should be looking at examples of Bungie’s past to see what may be lined up for its future.

More information on Bungie’s next project should emerge in the not too distant future, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more details as they become available.

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Source: Bungie (via GamesRadar)

TAGS: Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Shalkowski

    I cannot wait to see or even hear what the almighty Bungie has in store for us. I guess patience is key.

    • aidan


      • Shalkowski

        Oh okay

  • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com/ UnbuildTheGame

    I’m expecting something along the lines of Far Cry, but maybe with a sci-fi twist to it. No matter what it is, I’m looking forward to it. We’ll probably see it on shelves next fall.

  • dethfuse

    honestly i think it would be awesome if they made an open world game that was sort of like knights of the old republic. i hate bungie for ruining halo with halo reach but i am still looking forward to their next game series

    • fanofgames

      Dont get your hopes up. They did sign a 10 year agreement with activision after all.

      • digimass

        No more Call of Duties please, even if they come from Bungie

    • doc

      I think reach was much better than the other halos. It actually had characters instead of a bunch of generic stereotypes.

      Also it had some great enviromental stoytelling, I couldn’t care less about the pillar of autumn or the halo rings but I definitely shed a tear when reach got glassed.

      • dan

        Stereotypes??? Hey, Apone- er, I mean Johnson, is a media icon!

  • scarpreston

    bungie is dead 2 me

    • doc

      Because they dared to stop making more halos?

      • dan

        I’m a little sad that Bungie has abandoned Halo, but I think the franchise is in good hands with 343. I enjoy every new visit into the Halo universe. I even liked Wars and ODST- although I think the people who paid full retail for them got robbed. Got mine used and that brings me to my next point- down with the anti-preowned measures!

        • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com/ UnbuildTheGame

          Halo Wars is, in my opinion, one of the best multiplayer games on the 360, easily in the top ten. It had a huge learning curve, but once you got used to it, you could play that game for hours upon hours without realizing it. Also, not many realize this, but more people play Halo Wars than Halo 3 online now. On more than a few occasions, I will see around 5,000 players on Halo Wars, whereas at that same time, Halo 3 will only have about 2,000. However, if you wanted to start playing Halo Wars online now, you’d have a lot of trouble, as about 80% of the people playing will wipe the floor with newcomers. The Halo Wars multiplayer is easily better than Reach’s, and I don’t think I’m alone when saying that.

          • Mike

            *all units*

            You are absolutely not alone in saying that. I’ve never seen a game in my life get more undeserving crap than Halo Wars. If it wasn’t a Halo game people would’ve loved it but because it was a Halo game people say it watered down the franchise and sucks. If people actually shut up and played it they’d realize it is one of the best games of this console generation. Personally, it’s right behind Halo 3 as my favorite MP game of this generation.

          • doc

            Please don’t compare apples to oranges.
            Halo Wars might be great, I wouldn’t know, but it’s a strategy game, comparing it to halo 3 doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

            Halo 3 is an fps, came out 5 years ago and already has 2 successor games, it’s not suprising its online statistics are low.

            That being said, I didn’t play halo wars myself but I saw a summary of the ingame cutscenes on youtube. I was positively surprised by the detailled story, though I guess they had to retcon a little bit to fit the spartan unit into the game.