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Bungie’s Next IP After Destiny and Marathon Has a Potential Release Window – TheFantasyTimes

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By Nikita Gambhir

Bungie’s Next IP After Destiny and Marathon Has a Potential Release Window


Bungie is currently working on supporting Destiny 2 and the upcoming reboot of Marathon, but rumors suggest that the studio’s third new IP, known as Matter following a 2018 trademark filing, may be closer than some players think. While Bungie has remained tight-lipped about the project, new information has surfaced in the midst of Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.


The current season of Destiny 2, Season of the Deep, features the return of Titan to the Sol System and Guardians are summoned to the moon to protect a valuable creature living beneath the methane waves. However, the Hive god Xivu Arath and her forces are also making their presence known, working to stop Deputy Commander Sloane’s plans for the creature.


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Despite the ongoing support for Destiny 2 and development of the new Marathon, new documents from Microsoft’s FTC hearings suggest that Matter may be releasing in 2025. Microsoft’s evaluation of Bungie in 2021 outlines the studio’s plans for expansion and mentions the opening of its first international office in Amsterdam in 2022, which would focus on Destiny 2 support and development of Matter.

It has been confirmed that Marathon is an entirely different project from the studio’s third IP. While rumors of Microsoft’s interest in acquiring Bungie in 2020 have been circulating, the studio was already working on Matter and had received a $100 million investment from Chinese tech company NetEase to fund the new project.

Since then, Bungie has been acquired by Sony for $3.6 billion, joining a list of first-party studios like Sucker Punch and Insomniac. It remains to be seen if the 2025 release window still holds true, but fans are eagerly anticipating more news on the mysterious new IP.

Destiny 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: IGN

Bungie is already hard at work with the ongoing support of Destiny 2 and upcoming reboot of Marathonbut it appears the studio’s third new IP may not be as far as some players may be thinking if a new report is correct. News on the third IP, known only as Matter following a 2018 trademark filing, has been fairly light in 2023 as the studio focuses on its two known titles. However, this new information does not come directly from Bungie, but instead from the current legal litigation embroiling Microsoft’s proposal to acquire Activision Blizzard.

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Destiny 2‘s current season, Season of the Deep, sees the return of Titan to the Sol System after its disappearance at the launch of 2020’s Beyond Light expansion. Guardians have been summoned to the moon at the request of Deputy Commander Sloane, who is requesting aid to protect a creature living beneath the methane waves which may have valuable information about The Witness. However, the Hive god Xivu Arath is also making her presence in the system known more directly as her forces work to stop Sloane’s plans for the creature.

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Despite the near constant support required for Destiny 2 and development of the new Marathonnew documents from Microsoft’s FTC hearings suggest Matter could be releasing sometime in 2025. The hearing documents specifically contain an evaluation of Bungie done by Microsoft in 2021, outlining some of the studio’s plans at the time for expansion and game support. It points out how the studio “has more than doubled its headquarter space” and was set to open its first international office in Amsterdam in 2022, the latter of which would focus on Destiny 2 support and development of Matter.

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The internal evaluation by Microsoft lines up with additional reports suggesting the tech giant was interested in acquiring Bungie, along with Sega, in 2020. By that time, the studio was known to be working on a new IP, Matterand had received a $100 million investment Chinese tech company NetEase to go toward the new project. Updates became few and far between following this news, though it has been confirmed the Marathon reboot is an entirely different project from the third IP.

Since the time of the evaluation, Bungie has seen quite a few changes occur on the business side as the studio is no longer independent. Sony completed its acquisition of the studio for roughly $3.6 billion in July 2022, joining a roster of first-party studios which include Sucker Punch and Insomniac. It also remains to be seen if the 2025 release window in the 2021 evaluation remains accurate, or if the new IP may be further off than players think.

Destiny 2 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: IGN

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