The LA Times has detailed court documents from the ongoing dispute between Activision and the founders of Infinity Ward that detail a series of new games in development at Halo creators Bungie.
The documents, which are heavy on legal language, were broken down by NeoGAF poster V_Ben:
- Massively multiplayer style, sci-fantasy action shooter series codenamed Destiny with expansion packs codenamed Comet
- Four games releasing in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019
- Four expansion packs releasing in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020
- The main games will be released at retail
- There will be other DLC, subscriptions, microtransactions, and value added services
- The first game will be an Xbox 360 and "Xbox 720" timed exclusive
- Activision and Bungie are considering a PS3 version of the first game in 2014
- The second game is targeted for 360, 720, PS4, and Windows PC, though the contract notes that some of those SKUs may be dropped if they decide they are not worthwhile or not technically feasible
- Activision can terminate the contract without penalty if Destiny doesn't sell at least 5 million units in the first six months, or for any reason they please after the second expansion pack releases
- Bungie is also working on a Marathon game, but there are numerous restrictions imposed by Activision on Bungie regarding how many people can work on it and when
- The game is targeting a rating of Teen/PEGI 16, but Bungie is not contractually held to hit this mark
- Bungie will receive a $2.5 million bonus if Destiny achieves a GameRankings.com rating of 90 or higher on Xbox 360 as measured 30 days after release
Before these legal documents were filed, what Bungie was working on next was unknown. Until an announcement, however, even solid-looking information like this must be considered a rumour.