Bungie copyrights four names

Halo studio stakes claim on "New Monarchy," "Dead Orbit," "Osiris," "Seven Seraphs," possibly signaling the moniker for its upcoming Activision project.

Few games are as anticipated as Bungie's next project, its first new franchise since Halo that will unfurl under the auspices of Activision over the next 10 years. Current speculation indicates that the title will be a massively multiplayer online game, thanks in large part to the developer's call for "hundreds of thousands" of gamers who will be needed to beta test the project. Now, it appears as if the latest cud for gamers to chew concerning Bungie's next project has arrived, courtesy of the Twitter account of Superannuation.

Bungie's 10-year plan may have a name.

Yesterday, the noted Internet sleuth uncovered a quartet of filings made by Bungie with the United States Copyright Office for names that could adorn the box of the studio's upcoming project. All originally filed in late July 2010, the names are "New Monarchy," "Dead Orbit," "Osiris," and "Seven Seraphs."

All four filings carry a "Visual Material" indicator. However, it remains unclear as to what the possible names may apply to, considering the fact that the only description of the filings Bungie provided was "Electronic file (eService)." At a general level, copyright protects original works of authorship of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, a range that includes anything from poetry and novels to movies, songs, and computer software.

As for what else is known about Bungie's next work, the company has confirmed that it will run on an entirely new engine and will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Bungie had not returned a request for comment as of press time.

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252 comments
IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

Well... Rather Interesting... It would be cool to see the first Xbox/PS3 MMO, and then see if they could combine them all into the same dang server so we can play together... They already do that with Shadow Run, but dont know if PS3 players + Xbox players will equal a big heart, mostly because the little idiots will run around spamming "PS3/XBOX SUX!" the entire time.

Neo-ganon
Neo-ganon

I hope its not a zombie game (if it's dead orbit we are talking here). There are too many out there. Bungie should just stick to their almost mythological-like science fiction.

ccusick
ccusick

Yeah, actually you would register the trademark, or apply to register the trademark at the USPTO. To start, you apply. When finished, you would have *registered* the trademark, and get a registration certificate. my PSN id is durandle b/c Durandal was taken. Taken quite early on. (see Marathon, Bungie) cjc

ccusick
ccusick

Yeah, actually you would register the trademark, or apply to register the trademark at the USPTO. To start, you apply. When finished, you would have *registered* the trademark, and get a registration certificate. my PSN id is durandle b/c Durandal was taken. Taken quite early on. (see Marathon, Bungie) cjc

ZealotRanger215
ZealotRanger215

all i know is that seven seraphs is somthing from halo. a seraph was a covenant space veichle that is in halo reach!!!

elphanoe
elphanoe

i think they sould make a halo modren warfare or something

Cloud737
Cloud737

Uhh, Gamespot, don't you mean "trademarks" instead of "copyrights"? You can't copyright a name (that is, you can't ever use that name without the publisher's permission anymore), but you can trademark it. Really, Gamespot, I thought you knew your stuff. :P

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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LeoLex_
LeoLex_

hahahaha thought that might of p***ed a few of you off

Scalds
Scalds

I know this is from left field, but I really want them to make a good, mech-based, shooter/RPG hybrid. I miss mech games.

kuda001
kuda001

I think they are just covering all the bases, lawsuits and infringements can be a b**** (in the US that is)

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

Why don't they just copyright Halo Pinball. We all know its coming

benbonney
benbonney

In USA you can copyright pretty much anything if you have the cash Us Brits are a bit more sane

MystikRex
MystikRex

If they're not working on a first person shooter I'll be very surprised.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Osiris is a god and New Monarchy is merely descriptive. No one can own that word, but I suppose they can try in regards to a very specif context.

Kid2812
Kid2812

I have no interest in any Activision game this year (meaning no COD This year). Black Ops was alright but (well you knw) it was like Katie Price (if anyone knows what i mean :P). Bungie get out as soon as possible or you all will end up like IW

oneligas
oneligas

this sounds like Advent Rising

lwsydney
lwsydney

Yet another reason to dislike them.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

@ jameslee1997 holy lol i couldnt breath plz post this in the call of duty black ops rivew vid page.

Marky360
Marky360

@GamerJedi29 Well you never know maybe Bungie surprises you and makes an MMO that not only out does Star Wars The Old Republic but WoW as well. You just never know.

Marky360
Marky360

@Tjr41991 look you can be a Fanboy all you want but you know as well as I do that Microsoft's track record with MMO's is not a good one both Huluxey and Champions online were scheduled to release on the Xbox 360 but M$'s strict Xboxlive policies prevented it from Happening so just because Bungie wants this game on the Xbox 360 doesn't mean it's gonna happen. that is if it's even an MMO it could quite possibly end up being something else all togeather.

xsa
xsa

How can you copyright Osiris? Idiocy doesn't have any limits...

loporina
loporina

Let's just hope Activision deals with Bungie better than they dealt with Bizarre Creations.

ash162
ash162

finally some 'bungie' action on other platforms

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

It's coming to PC so i'm already pleased :3 That it's going to be probably an MMO...little bit disappoint. I've rarely played an MMO i've genuinely enjoyed.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

my guess would be DLC maps...but hey that is just a common sense thing unless 343 handles those copy rights.

boxofwit
boxofwit

"Seven Seraphs" you get Seraphs in halo.......

holtrocks
holtrocks

awesome a mmo with Bungie and on consoles cant wait

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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funnysplay
funnysplay

Going multiplayform huh? they'll probably sell more games this way.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

This basicly means nothin untill thay relese more info about any of this.

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

aim big for this one bungie we expect BIG things from you

DP1130
DP1130

Are you serious Bungie? Another frikin MMO? Come on.

dybbuk
dybbuk

MMO? Don't we have enough of these already? I hope its not an MMO, if so then I will have to pass. MMO's just take up to much time and when one has a full time job and family, MMO's just don't fit in.

RELEVANT2KILL
RELEVANT2KILL

I'll play a strategy,I'll play an RPG,I'll salivate over another shooter,but I won't play an MMO.

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

i hope its something like Uncharted but Bungie styleee

brizzock
brizzock

Yeah, i dont really do MMO games, ever, just as most of my Halo brethren I might suspect. Maybe, big maybe, if they find a way to truly innovate and make something thats approachable and not bogged down in dialogue and quests for virtual gold or some crap then they might succeed. They'll likely succeed regardless of what they make, theyre Bungie, but I would like to play what they make and Im hoping for something atleast half as unique as the first Halo, that would be a glorious game indeed,

pech17
pech17

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T BE AN MMO!!!

Kane04
Kane04

How did bungie copyrighted "Osiris"? o.O

EnDeR2015
EnDeR2015

Wow that will suck if it will be a mmo, ill buy any game except if its an mmo

ViktorMax31
ViktorMax31

What we need is a SWAT/COP FPS game that takes place in the City/Subway/Suburbs and has loads of real SWAT weapons and missions with an indepth multiplayer that has mix of COD/Halo game style.

yearof3000
yearof3000

jameslee1997@ you're awesome lol

JohnnyWPSP
JohnnyWPSP

Please be a shooter. If its an MMO ill pass.

oneligas
oneligas

Those names sound like DLC for a science fiction/fantasy game with slightly religious overtones

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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_MEDUSA_
_MEDUSA_

Activision will "bring Bungie into the new age" i mean out of their seemingly endless Halo age! think they will make a good team! no offence the_elements600 but to me these names seem very Halo-ish, i think we can expect it to remain in 'space', perhaps something with the integrity and substance of a COD crossed with Halo space action adventure, could turn out to be very interesting imo. But its early days, only time will tell, and no matter what - ill be looking forward to anything coming from the Bungie - Activision Team!

the_elements600
the_elements600

I want to see something new from Bungie too. Halo, with respect, is incredibly stale now in my opinion. I genuinely have no desire to play Reach any more, except when I get the odd invite by some XBL friends who don't have Black Ops. These names sound quite un-Halo-ish which is good, bring something new to the table Bungie!