Bungie Confirms New IP To Launch By 2025 And Plans To Expand Destiny Into "Additional Media"
The Destiny studio's first non-Destiny game in a long time is coming in the next couple of years.
Destiny developer Bungie has big plans for the future. The company has re-confirmed its plans to launch its mysterious new IP by 2025, while the company is expanding the physical size of its Bellevue, Washington office and opening a brand-new publishing outfit in Amsterdam. Additionally, Bungie has teased plans to extend the Destiny franchise beyond games, while there has been a leadership shakeup on the development team as well.
Bungie said it plans to launch a new IP before 2025, but nothing is known about this game. In 2018, the Chinese internet company invested $100 million into Bungie to help the company make non-Destiny games, so this new IP might be one of them.
Bungie CEO Pete Parsons first mentioned his hope of releasing the new, non-Destiny IP by 2025 back in 2019, but this is the first time Bungie is cementing that hope in writing.
Bungie has promoted Jonny Ebbert to chief creative officer and Zach Russell to general manager of incubation to work on these new franchises. They will "build and drive the creative vision and foundation for Bungie's future worlds alongside the next generation of leaders at Bungie, with plans to bring at least one new IP to market before 2025."
To support the continued development of Destiny 2 and work on the new IP, Bungie is creating a bigger office space for itself. The company is currently expanding its Bellevue, Washington HQ, bringing the size from 84,000 square feet to 208,000 square feet. The office is scheduled to open in Fall 2022.
"In addition to building state-of-the-art facilities to support the growth and development of their talented employees, one of the primary drivers of Bungie’'s expansion is to increase the commitment to the long-term development of Destiny 2, tell new stories in the Destiny universe, and create entirely new worlds in to-be-announced IPs," Bungie said in a press release. "The new facility will include a reimagining of its Bellevue, WA-based studio space to support multiple project teams, including those outside of the Destiny Universe. Designed by award-winning architect NBBJ, the new HQ is centered on collaborative 'neighborhoods' built to support the spirit of deeply integrated creative collaboration that defines Bungie's success and a hybrid workforce of both remote and on-site staff."
A Destiny TV Show?
It also sounds like a Destiny TV show or movie is on the way, as Bungie's press release said it hopes to expand Destiny into "additional media."
As part of this initiative, Bungie has promoted Mark Noseworthy to become the vice president of the "Destiny Universe," while Luke Smith will become the executive creative director of the Destiny Universe. These two will "oversee and prepare for the expansion of the Destiny Universe into additional media." Taking over for Noseworthy and Smith will be Destiny 2 general manager Justin Truman, who will run Destiny 2 going forward.
A New Amsterdam Office
The other piece of news is that Bungie is opening a new publishing office in Amsterdam in 2022. Bungie will conduct publishing and marketing operations from there.
New Board Members
Finally, Bungie has added two more people to its board of directors--Trace Harris and Pamela Kaufman. Harris previously worked at Vivendi, while Kaufman is the current head of ViacomCBS' global consumer products division.
Bungie previously worked with Activision on the Destiny series, but the companies broke up in 2019, with Bungie taking on the full development and publishing responsibilities for the series.
"We're grateful and humbled that our independent success allows us to invest in our talented people and headquarters this year and are delighted to welcome Trace Harris and Pamela Kaufman to the Board of Directors," Parsons said. "The past several years have been a time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Bungie. We are home to some of the brightest and best talent in the industry, and we look forward to expanding upon both our talent pool this year and increasing the resources to support them. Trace and Pamela also bring incredible media and entertainment experience, and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of their proven acumen as we continue to build the future of our company."
Destiny 2 is still going strong, with its Season of the Chosen content having recently debuted. The Destiny 1 strike The Devil's Lair returned to Destiny 2 as part of the refresh, and you can check out a quick comparison in the video above.
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