Bungie, 'Destiny' link established

Dummy corporation set up by Halo maker's staffers trademarks title of rumored MMOFPS for use in games.

Back in February, a rumor spread that Bungie was working on a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter titled "Destiny." According to the source, purportedly a contractor who was let go from the project, the game will be like "[World of Warcraft] in space," run on an entirely new game engine and will sport "unique online connectivity and matchmaking technology."

What is "Destiny"?

Though the exact nature of Bungie's next project remains a mystery, today Halo.Bungie.Org revealed a concrete connection between the Halo developer and the term "Destiny." The fan site uncovered a dummy corporation called Podophobia Entertainment--curiously named after the fear of feet--that was set up by two members of Bungie's staff, president Harold Ryan and composer Martin O'Donnell. The corporation's address is also listed as 434 Kirkland Way, Kirkland, WA--the former location of Bungie's headquarters.

How does this connect to the title Destiny? Halo.Bungie.Org also uncovered a US trademark filed on July 20, 2009, for the term by Podophobia Entertainment. The trademark was filed for "Computer game software; Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; Video game software; Virtual reality game software" by Podophobia's Santa Monica, CA, branch. Santa Monica is also the location of the headquarters of Activision, which struck an exclusive 10-year deal with Bungie in April 2010. (Podophobia also registered another trademark in the same category for the term "Be Brave.")

A further link between Bungie and Destiny was also made via the symbol that was trademarked alongside the term (pictured). A keen-eyed NeoGAF reader noticed the exact same symbol on the T-shirt of Bungie production director Jonty Barnes in a recent Penny Arcade video.

As of press time, Bungie had not responded to requests for comment on the report.

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ObeseChipmunk
ObeseChipmunk

Who knows what these guys are up to, but I think It's about time for a remake or sequel of Oni, Bungie's pre-Halo silent success. And don't have a stroke when I say this, fanboys, but that was a PS2 game =)

raptures330
raptures330

@townsforever That because you know Bungie just for Halo. It was making great, and unique, games before that. Myth was awesome.

southernzombie
southernzombie

@FusionRain Yes i've seen that quote too, but plans change. Thats all I can really say. I'm not knockin on sony at all. I don't have a PS3 yet but its on my to do list. I'd be thrilled if it was never pay to play but I just see it coming. lots of people have said the same thing.

warbrady
warbrady

i have to admit though mmofps seems like a good idea, and with bungie at the helm (them whanting to do something different than halo) it might be better than mmorpgs (im no good at them) this will be about skill over level

FusionRain
FusionRain

@southernzombie I think I can quote Sony saying "you wont ever have to pay for online play" or something like that. It would be bad business to make something a top selling point and then take it away. Thats one reason why the PS3 mods started (not gonna get into detail). If Sony did decide to go P2P it would piss allot of people off. I bet it's tempting though because Microsoft is raking in so much cash off that. It really bothers me to see a fee on a fee. Maybe they should should...*gulp* make it free for xbl gold subscribers. Thats the only way I can see that working.... Then again how would Bungie and the other 3rd parties get the money? Thats a really tough call.

gobbo00
gobbo00

@Gamer_4_Fun Tell that to the world of warcraft subscribers, honestly if it's a MMO proper and it draws you in. I am all for "paying to play" put it this way cost of sub to a mmo or one game every two months?

WeskerTeam
WeskerTeam

@townsforever Bungie made many good games before Halo. I'm pretty sure they have the "originality" to make something new to gamers. I mean, this is why they said they are done making them, they don't want to be known just for Halo. Also, there is no question that this game will be on PS3 as well as the 360. They want to make as much profit as they can.

ogio2003
ogio2003

I'm not sure why people are saying this is a 360 exclusive. Bungie themselves has already stated that their next game will be multiplatform (for those of you that don't know what that means, that's most other consoles: 360, PS3, handhelds, etc.) This is a fact. The only skepticism should be as to what genre the game will be, will it take place in the Halo universe (which I doubt, seeing how they no longer have the rights to it), and whether or not it will be P-2-P.

alex33x
alex33x

It's probably going to be one of the many reskinned, maufactured FPS. Probably a reskin of the many halo's out there.

townsforever
townsforever

I think bungie is toast now that Halo is dead I doubt they have the originality to create something that's actually new to gamers, which is sad cause I loved Halo

warbrady
warbrady

budgie on ps3 and they relese this ??? naa its just BS

AdamProject
AdamProject

This better not actually be a Halo clone or a Dark Millenium clone. If it is ... Please just die Bungie. T_T

southernzombie
southernzombie

@ FusionRain I absolutely see your point, but it has been rumored for a while now that the PSN is going to start charging soon. They may be holding off because PS3 sales have been slipping lately but I think it is going to eventually happen. Times are hard for folks these days to have money to blow on video games, but I'm gonna wait to see this game before I say definitely NO i won't Pay to Play

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

The feeling is mutual with many of you: If Pay to play I pass.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Bungie, don't let Kotick use you guys and spit you out, you guys have been great and I don't want to see Kotick destroy you guys like he did with the Guitar Hero series.

FusionRain
FusionRain

I'm sure this will be on 360 which if it's a P2P MMOFPS then i'm sure it will be a bad move. You already pay to play online through XBL now pay to play one extra game... I don't think so. DC Universe Online is on PS3 and is P2P but you don't pay for PSN. Idk if it will be a P2P MMO but if it is and they plan to put it on the 360 they need to come up with something because I don't think many people will go for it.

ogio2003
ogio2003

Like everybody else, I'm curious to know REALLY (like, stated by Bungie themselves) what's going on. If it IS indeed an MMOFPS, I'll give it a whirl for sure. However, if it's "Pay-2-Play", you can count me out. I feel as though the wife and I already pay enough for our Live subscriptions and Netflix. I'd hate to shell out $x/month to play 1 game. This is, of course, my opinion on that matter.

nickery123
nickery123

love bungie just a bit worried with the move to activision and knowing the last four years...not naming any names here...

luke516
luke516

MMOFPS? Isn't that acronym a bit much?

jamesbigmac
jamesbigmac

I hope it's fun like Huxley was during the beta.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Bungie are awaiting a rendevous with destiny.

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

Uggg look people, whatever it is I can tell you this: 1, it won't be nearly as cool as you want/think it to be, 2 they will charge you big time for the online service, 3 if it's an MMO it'll be just about numbers, not a great story, heavy on the graphics. 4 There will be lots of whining and moaning but ultimately it wont matter because you will buy it and they will make millions off ya. Ha I'm going back to starcraft.

YoungSinatra25
YoungSinatra25

MMO's aren't successful on consols, so it seems like Bungie has already ****ed up. To pay for Live (which in its self is BS) and Internet and then a montly fee... Nope! Not gonna cut it! I wish them good luck but I'm gonna have to pass.

mrgiggles24
mrgiggles24

am i the only one curious why they named their company Podophobia Entertainment? Fear of Feet Entertainment? lol

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

I'm not really into MMOs, especially ones with monthly fees (considering activision, it'll probably be $20 a month). What's the point of paying for a copy of the MMOFPS and then paying a fee each month when there are heaps of high quality FPS's out there that don't charge?

calebcop
calebcop

yes bungie games on PS3 thank you god!!!

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

This and a new Planetside? My MMOFPS thirst will finally be quenched!

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@Phil-teh-Pirate I tried MAG and immediately dismissed it, t was beyond awful. I'd much rather play BC2 any day. More of a war with 32 people than MAG is with 256.

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Yuusha09

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Gear64x
Gear64x

@strikezone311 yea I know MAG, but I don't really consider it an actual structured MMO lol.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

IF and mmofps could work, nearly flawlessly, then it has the potential to be one of the greatest games in years. IF IT WORKS. That means there can be no mistakes. No heavy lag. Good clan/guild support. Balanced matchmaking where YOU decide what map and game style YOU want to play. I want to feel like I'm fighting an actual war, not life I'm playing rounds of lazer tag.

Sly_Boogy07
Sly_Boogy07

@Phil-teh-Pirate Dude MAG sucked ass, it was really slow gameplay, little action, and never felt massive, it was like 8v8 watered down, there was no communication to other teams either, plu the physics were horrible, it was just a bad game.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@strikezone311 Unless you've tried MAG then its very easy to dismiss it. One of the few games where teamwork counts and in this day and age of CoD auto heal and quick fire button presses, it takes alot more skill to master MAG with its HP system and skill benefits. I'm not surprised its not up there on everyones "Must have" list, but I guarantee every one of my friends who has tried the demo has bought the game.

strikezone311
strikezone311

@Gear64x Actually they did already make an MMOFPS for a console... MAG. Massive Action Game... it didn't get the greatest review and is a playstation exclusive, that may be why you haven't heard of it... but the MMOFPS has been done before. just sayin.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@mcmesk99 Technically your right, Bungie are done with the Halo series but the Halo series will carry on because it got transferred to the new company which has many of the old Bungie staff (343 industries) that Microsoft set up to carry on the role.

gobbo00
gobbo00

If it is a MMO this won't see the light of day until at least 2013, and by that time new console's should be around.

mull20641
mull20641

sounds like Bungie is trying to pull a Valve

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@Sirbobislost - At the end of the day, MMO or not, I'm tired of them doing FPS games.

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BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

Not more matchmaking....being able to pick exactly what map you play (without votes) and what server you want is definitely overlooked by this company.

syndros
syndros

"the game will be like '[World of Warcraft] in space,'" So, basically a halo MMO -_-

Igglepig
Igglepig

activision is buying everything these days... lolol

Gamerzmk
Gamerzmk

@swamptick You dont have to read comments to actually reply to them. And you read and liked your own comment? Well done! -.-

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

@Sirobislost Try googling Planetside (you never said it had to be console based) not to mention there was another MMOFPS in the works for 360 at one point called Huxley. Whatever happened to Huxley?

shakensparco
shakensparco

Bungie has been doing Action FPS's for so long, I am very curious to see if they can stick the landing on this one.

Samox
Samox

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