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."
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.