At this very moment, Guardians are starting to wake up in a new era for Destiny 2. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, the newest expansion to the MMO loot shooter is imminent, but developer studio Bungie is already looking towards the future with possible a new game by 2025.
In an interview with IGN, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons revealed Bungie’s ambitions to be more than a game studio. “Our vision ultimately through 2025 is to become one of the world’s best entertainment companies,” Parsons said. “We need to build our publishing group, but part of our vision is also to become a multi-franchise entertainment company.”
Being an “entertainment company” could imply a lot of things. Is Bungie looking into film or TV production? Live sports? Concerts? Pachinko? Maybe all of the above. But what Parsons said next is more revealing and more obviously implies new franchises from Bungie.
Said Parsons, “I think the long-term vision of Bungie would be, we have worlds like Destiny that are great places to go and build friendships in. And we begin to introduce new worlds that people care a lot about.”
In 2018, Bungie entered a financial partnership with Chinese game company NetEase. In the press release, Bungie previously hinted the partnership could lead to “new worlds” both in and outside the Destiny series.
“With their industry expertise, they’ll empower us to build new worlds and invite players, new and old, to join us there. They’ll help us support separate teams inside Bungie to bring our newest ambitions to life,” read the statement.
There isn’t a crystal clear declaration of a new game just yet. There are no teasers or viral marketing that hint at the next non-Destiny project (at least that we’re aware of). It isn’t even known if Bungie’s next game will be yet another sci-fi themed shooter for the console/PC, and could very well be a mobile game given NetEase’s prominence in that market. It could be pachinko.
But that Bungie’s own CEO is already talking about the future of Bungie that includes more than just Destiny is significant.
As the studio responsible for juggernauts like Halo and cult hits like Marathon, Myth, and Oni, Bungie has been one of the most influential gaming companies throughout the 21st century. In 2010, Bungie had a ten-year publishing deal with Activision, though that partnership prematurely ended in 2019.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available now on PC and consoles.