Bungie seeking beta testers for next game

Developer looking for "hundreds of thousands" of users for alpha, beta testing of studio's first Activision title.

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Bungie's new franchise with Activision--part of the studio's 10-year publishing deal with the company--doesn't yet have a name or a release date. Even so, Bungie is now seeking the community's help with the project.

Bungie needs help with a game it hasn't even announced yet.

Last night, the suburban Seattle-based developer announced its intentions to solicit the help of the community with the alpha and beta testing of the studio's next game. Bungie said not all who opt in to the tests will be granted access, but it will choose "hundreds of thousands" of gamers to assist.

Potential tasks include participating in "play test and usability" events at Bungie, filling out surveys related to gaming habits, and alpha and beta testing the developer's next game. Gamers interested in participating in the beta can follow the instructions laid out by Bungie on Bungie.net.

Details remain few and far between surrounding the new title, but what is known is that it will run on an entirely new engine and will be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Further, Bungie's creative design director Joseph Staten offered a teasing statement at early last month at GDC Online on the subject of the studio's next game.

"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."

Discussion

199 comments
gunner967
gunner967

I will PAY to get in. Bungie's so epic, not even Activision can mess them up.

peanut1229
peanut1229

i would love to be a beta tester

UltanKC
UltanKC

Sounds awesome! I hope that the world of sorts is a sort of a community. I don't want it to be simply another fps like COD. Call of Duty is great but it lacks the community that i wish it would have.

yx2vy
yx2vy

@Nynkil4t3 No, I'm pretty sure that Windows made Microsoft big. Anyways, I was never much of a fan of Halo, but this might be interesting. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

305-DADECOUNTY
305-DADECOUNTY

I want to try out alot of new games for the xbox 360, and Playstation 3 beta because I'm both and favorite system so yeah I really want tryout this new game.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Wow, they are making a multiplatform MMO, this is going to be great.

the_wolf_7
the_wolf_7

Whatever it is, i want in the beta

joey97
joey97

Imagine they make Call of duty =D

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

They should buy the rights of Myth back and do a great sequel but I'm afraid it's going to be another shooter aimed at the masses, maybe in MMO form. Going with Activision is an even worse idea than going with MS.

pablitordz
pablitordz

Halo meets COD... Give us MARATHON!!!

lilflex1
lilflex1

@alibabba13 hackers & piraters = halo reach early game players

benbonney
benbonney

If its an MMORPG ive already lost interest as the only one worth watching is The Old Republic

Nynkil4t3
Nynkil4t3

bungie were sold to activision dam you microsoft bungie made microsoft big

organbank
organbank

Let me guess, yet another generic shooter.

fusionhunter
fusionhunter

Imagine GTA version of WoW,wait didn't a game like that already get canceled? Oh well I'm signing up anyway!

PoofMaester
PoofMaester

I dont think activison would want another MMORPG (World Of Warcraft), And i just dont see Bungie doing on either, But who knows.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

I've said it before...I refuse to pay subscription fees. Count me out if its an mmorpg. Im DEFINITELY not paying those fees to activision

Johny_47
Johny_47

I really think that being a game's tester would be the best small/part time job ever =) I would games test for alot of developers, send me an invite Bungie =P

alibabba13
alibabba13

How do we have too many MMOs already? There are three that are worth playing (Eve, WoW, and LOTRO) and hopefully one more in the near future with the new bioware game. The market is still hugely open. Also lilflex its called the internet.

akiwak
akiwak

It sounds to me like they are combining World of Warcraft with a first person shooter style. It could work if instead of having a beginning to an intergalactic battle, they focus on on constant invasion and repelling action. Jumping online would mean that you can either be part of defending your home turf or be part of the assault team that takes the fight to them. This is going to take some time to achieve. I wonder if they will also try to have cross-platform play? Might be a difficult task but it's been done for PC and 360, meh I may just be asking too much

rennan1234
rennan1234

looks like a RPG for me... or maybe a MMORPG... who knows what bungie is planning...

lilflex1
lilflex1

i think it might be where you live they might not ship the beta game but the paper work (surveys) might be shipped. gotta think logical

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

Not to trash Halo or its fans, but the 1st Halo was the best the 2nd and 3rd titles were not as good. I think Bungie has potential to make a game series were each sequel has everything the first title does, but expands on it very well. I think they can easily surpass the Halo series. This title may be an FPS that works like an MMO in the way that new content is added weekly, but its still just an FPS game.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well if this isn't just a publicity stunt I don't know what is.. Calm down Bungie, we all know you're going to produce a blockbuster (crosses fingers and hopes).

den1233
den1233

best not to get your hopes up then you wont end up getting crushed by disappointment like so many naive fool do.

zeniftan
zeniftan

"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." The cynic in me says that this sound's like an MMO of some sort. We have enough of those thanks, so hopefully it isn't. PLEASE! PLEASE PLEASE be something much better!

Blue_Tomato
Blue_Tomato

Sounds like there is some serious online gameplay going on since they need so many testers.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

They may make another great game or series but there's still going to be some reviewer ready to pounce and say "It's good, but its not Halo". Then all the demons will jump out.

titan_assassin
titan_assassin

i just gotta say this. @venasque. I LOVE YOUR PICTURE!!!

cain19822004
cain19822004

@bonereaper69 They had critical acclaim from games before they even thought of Halo, like their PC RTS, Myth, that was really popular, and very cool

venasque
venasque

@bonereaper69. That makes no sense. It's like saying a director can only be known for one franchise and not their work in general. Better not tell Christopher Nolan that.

voldalin
voldalin

smells like an MMO to me.

bonereaper69
bonereaper69

The only game bungie will ever be known for is Halo, if its not a Halo game which its not, their will be no critical acclaim, no matter what it is that comes from them.

MW2GhoST
MW2GhoST

Poor Bungie, Kotick is going to have his way with you...

AngryFingers
AngryFingers

Multiplatform Bungie Game = :P hyeh-hyeh!

scratchisme
scratchisme

@Doolum They aren't making another Halo, Reach was Bungie's last. That at least means a different IP, probably a new one. I find that really exciting because Bungie is a very talented studio that was just stuck with halo for too long. So bro, if your gonna comment please keep up with the topic.

Xentarim
Xentarim

I'm a sucker for new, fun and exciting ideas. And a life-like world with infinite stories to tell sounds just like the kind of mould-breaking stuff I'd root for =)

steven141
steven141

Hopefully as good as halo was when it first came out. I might check out the multiplayer sometime to see how its going

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

This should be rather interesting in that both company's have had A rated games and hopefully bringing the most creative together we shall have epic awesomeness across all platforms YAY GAMES :D

suberbard
suberbard

dont you guys get it ACTIVISION+BUNGIE=Call Of Duty Modern Halo Reach

rykh
rykh

It just seems dirty with activisions name all in there. Might just be me.

AshTray1986
AshTray1986

sounds like they have a big idea hopefully they can implement it and Activision dont put their s#it-tarnish on it and give these guys free reign to do what they do best. And to falloutguy77 who said "Please dont be another exclusive" read the article before you comment you idiot. Two words: Paragraph. Four.

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

From the sounds of it it seems like they are going to be making a game that continues even while you're not playing. Either it will update itself as soon as you load into it giving the impression that time has actually passed while you've not been playing or it will be an mmo of sorts. I just wish they would give us some information already. :P

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

@Falloutguy77 Look at the 4th paragraph........ 'Details remain few and far between surrounding the new title, but what is known is that it will run on an entirely new engine and will be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.'

CS19052
CS19052

Woooo! Looking forward :D.