Bungie Aerospace trademarks 'Crimson'

Newly incorporated company files mark for something called Crimson; listed as "Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network."

Earlier this week, it was revealed by the Washington State Business License Directory that Bungie president Harold Ryan would serve as a director at the newly incorporated Bungie Aerospace Corporation. Now, the nascent company has filed a trademark for something called "Crimson."

"Crimson" is principally listed as "computer game software downloadable from a global computer network" in the May 4-dated United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) listing. It is also listed as "Computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones," as well as "Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices."

What is Bungie up to with Crimson?

At GDC Online 2010, Bungie writer and designer Joseph Staten teased the studio's newest project, saying, "Wouldn't it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you, with lots of stories to tell, like a big, infinite storytelling horizon? Man, that would be great."

That description likens the project to something resembling a massively multiplayer online game, which falls in line with the "global computer network" descriptor for the project mentioned in the UPSTO filing.

Additionally, Bungie has been actively recruiting mobile developers, as spotted on the studio's jobs page at Bungie.net. According to these listings--one for a Contract Mobile Application Programmer and one for a Senior Mobile Application Programmer--Bungie is looking for those with a "Comprehensive understanding of at least one current mobile [software development kit] (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, etc…)."

Additionally, these employees would join a mobile development team "focused on establishing real-time connectivity for millions of users and terabytes of data."

GameSpot's attempts to reach attorney on record Jim Charne--a noted video game attorney who co-moderated an emerging issues panel at GDC 2011 in February--were not successful as of press time.

Currently, Bungie is locked into a 10-year publishing deal with megapublisher Activision. Neither the studio nor the publisher has yet mentioned what the first game stemming from the partnership will be. Unfortunately, news is not likely to come soon, as Bungie has confirmed it will not have an official presence at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 7-9 in Los Angeles.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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27 comments
i-like-me
i-like-me

this wont be halo related bungie have nothing to do with halo anymore that is all down to 343 industries from here on out so this will be a new IP

Justin_W
Justin_W

@ Mkherkzen Yes Microsoft owns the IP. They inherited it when the acquired FASA Studios, who was the developer and creator. The founder of FASA has now started another company Smith & Tinker that has licensed the Crimson Skies IP from Microsoft (as well as Shadowrun & BattleTech/MechWarrior/MechAssault). The founder, Jordan Weisman has tons of contacts and connections to Bungie... More info here: http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=60104346&postRepeater1-p=6

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I was so hyped for their next project, and now I ain't.. Sure hope they suprise me.

selbie
selbie

So it's going to be a Flight Sim MMO? What is with the Aerospace title :?

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

@ Justin_W Isn't Crimson Skies IP owned by Microsoft?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

What in the world compelled them to call the company Bungie ??

Justin_W
Justin_W

Am I the only one that IMMEDIATELY thought of Crimson Skies? Sort of makes sense with the "Aerospace" name.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

Can't wait Bungie got something planed big time... Hopefully

X-RS
X-RS

interesting....iirc, crimson was on the white board in regards to choosing a name for halo. think'n it was halo 2 doc, but this was before halo 1 so...again, iirc. and not that it really means anything...

Twin-Blade
Twin-Blade

Wasn't expecting this... From Halo to mobile games.. Isn't the biggest mobile game Angry Birds? I had myself all hyped up & everything.. Incoming thumbs down I guess.

ValleyofDoom
ValleyofDoom

I'm absolutely stoked for the new Bungie game.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

How long till E3? Not long now! "Bungie has confirmed it will not have an official presence at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo" ...*$%@!!!

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Give me an open world Halo title and I'll be happy.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I wonder if Activision is gonna let Bungie do a CoD game

joeborg14
joeborg14

I'll stand behind Bungie if they're going to push the envelope on our definition of a persistent game world.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@SolidTy I think what it's saying is that it will be a PC and Console-Based MMO (or some other genre) and that it will have connectivity directed to your phone (able to update, check stats, etc... from your smart phone and such) @CHasingTheSun Halo was never intended to be an MMO. Halo was originally an RTS on the PC, than was promptly switched to 3rd Person shooter, than upon MS's purchase of Bungie was finally given it's FPS makeup that we know today. Ensemble, the developers of the eventual RTS Halo Wars, also had early-stage concept art done for a theoretical Halo MMO release a couple years ago, but the idea was scrapped before it could ever take off due to Ensemble shutting down.

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

Halo was originally intended to by an MMO, so I wouldn't be surprised if Bungie has gone back to the initial idea of building one.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

it would be pretty cool if this was like a mmofps. me and my friend used to speculate halo 3 would of had some open world experiences online, but also the usual game modes. like a base for your clan and you can get challenged by other clans and whoever wins when whatever was bet between the two but like in horse races if your a heavy favorite you can only when some % of the bet to keep from elites preying on the weak. then use the credits to build a bigger better base and so on and so on.... it sounded awesome to us back then.... still kinda does

KC_Hokie
KC_Hokie

Sounds like an MMO with management options via mobile devices.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network." = PSN / XBL DL game. Simple.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Sounds like a tool from downloading data off of a cloud server. This would be in line with an MMOFPS, since users could download and store data onto the cloud. That's just all speculation on my part, of course.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Too bad they won't be at E3 with more info on this. That they're doing something for mobiles is kind of surprising to me.

epic40k
epic40k

"Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network." It's a game downloadable using the Internet...