But Not "WoW In Space"
Rumours about Bungie's current Activision-published project have been floating around over the last few months; but none were more exciting than last month's allegation that they were working on an massively multiplayer shooter that would resemble "WoW in space." We were all over the rumour when it broke - and Bungie have now officially confirmed it at GDC.
Ding! Rumour controlled.
UPDATE: Dong! Bungie have spoken out to insist that this statement was a joke... but no-one's laughing. Or buying it in the slightest. More details below.
Speaking at their GDC Panel (entitled "I Shot You First: Networking the Gameplay of Halo: Reach"), Bungie's lead network engineer David Aldridge confirmed to the expectant crowd that that their first non-Halo project in over a decade will indeed be "a massively multiplayer action game." However, he also added that it would "not be WoW in space," which we assume means that it will adopt more traditional FPS elements instead of isometric loot grinding. That's where the safe money is at any rate.
This officially confirms Kotaku's original report from an anonymous ex-employee (except for the allegations of "unfair treatment," which we'll chalk up to post-firing bitterness), as well as perfectly getting with Joseph Staten's comments at last year's GDC. He promised us "a world that was "always there for you?"... and it seems that Bungie are ready to deliver just that.
UPDATE: Bungie have stated that David Aldridge was just playing a cruel prank on us... though this denial smacks of damage control rather than genuine humour. Here's the excerpt from their weekly update:
In rehearsal Aldridge was convinced that everybody got the joke.
It was all in the delivery, he assured us, and he was certain it was clear that he was playfully riffing off of the recent rumors. Unfortunately, most people can’t figure David out – they can’t process him. And we don’t expect them to. You can’t process David Aldridge with a normal brain. You’d need tiger blood and Adonis DNA.
Wow, we'll be so surprised and amazed when Bungie confirm that this latest joke was, in fact, a joke. Our money's still on the MMO, and we'll keep you posted. [/UPDATE]
So what else do we know about Bungie's next IP? Well, we might know it's it's name. You'll need to take your pick though, because Bungie recently copyrighted the following enigmatic trademarks: Seven Seraphs, Osiris, New Monarchy and Dead Orbit. It's possible that these are just massive red herrings (especially Seven Seraphs that seems designed to send the fan community into overdrive), but we'll keep you posted.
Excited about Bungie's new MMO? Can't wait to know more? Or is the news a slap across your singleplayer-loving face? Have your say in the comments!