When you think Bungie these days, you think “Destiny 2”, “Destiny 2 expansion on the Moon”, and “Activision casualty”. And maybe “Halo”, “Marathon”, and “Oni”.
Will the company that popularized console shooters do something other than their loot-and-shoot multiplayer game? Signs seem to point at “yes” but only after six years, according to its CEO Pete Parsons on an IGN interview.
He said that “[Destiny 2 Shadowkeep and New Light will be] a really bright shining spot on our ability to bring products to the marketplace and customers” as an independent company, which in turn is helping the studio pursues its goal of becoming “one of the world’s best entertainment companies” by 2025.
“By 2025 we have a pretty specific path to make sure we transform Destiny and that we have other franchises within the marketplace.
I think the long-term vision of Bungie would be, we have worlds like Destiny that are great places to go and build friendships in. And we begin to introduce new worlds that people care a lot about.”
Granted, it’s quite a wait and plans can change, but it’s possible that Bungie has been planning for this post-Destiny. Don’t forget: the company received a US$100 million investment from Chinese gaming company Netease for “global, multi-franchise entertainment studio” expansion purposes. They also filed for a trademark on a “computer game software” called Matter. And split with Activision and are striking it out on their own.
Speaking of which, Destiny 2 and its expansions are now available on Steam.