It's Bungie day today, as well as the 20th anniversary of the influential and much-loved studio. Bungie will be bidding a fond farewell to the Halo franchise, which will now be handled by 343 Industries, in order to focus on the recently revealed Bungie Aerospace, which seeks to help budding developers find their footing in the industry. To celebrate and commiserate this epic transition, there's a range of goodies, freebies and events to gorge yourself on including the release of Marathon for the iPad.Click here to join the celebrations!
Many years ago, Bungie created a seminal FPS starring a heroic Mjolnir Cyborg who had to defend humanity from a ravening alien hegemony. Wielding powerful rechargable armour, assault rifles and scoped pistols, he was a one-man army; capable of ultilising different weapons and tactics against the extraterrestrial menace on massive, sprawling maps. At his side was a rampant AI that provided him with mission objectives and guidance... and throughout the ensuing trilogy, players discovered a terrifying array of ancient technology left by a forerunner race that pre-dates the universe.
But we're not talking about Halo. We're talking about Marathon, which Bungie released on the Mac back in 1994. This trilogy not only provided the template for the Halo franchise, but delivered a gaming experience that was literally years ahead of its time.
Before we get stuck into exactly why Marathon was so revolutionary, it's worth noting that you don't have to take my word for anything you're about to read. Bungie officially classified the trilogy as open source, and the Aleph One project hosts the entire series as free downloads with Windows compatibility and high definition texture packs. Download it here, and while you're waiting, it's time we gave Bungie's epic space opera the credit it deserves.
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