Bungie eyes reboot of Mac shooter Marathon, report suggests

Bungie intends to reboot its seminal, 1990s sci-fi shooter Marathon, according to a report on Thursday. The match, said to be in a pre-alpha point out, will return as a squad-based, workforce-extraction style multiplayer shooter, according to Insider Gaming.

Bungie did not accept the rumor, Insider Gaming explained, and a community relations agency declined to remark.

In a 2019 interview with IGN, Bungie chief executive Pete Parsons said the studio had charted ideas by way of 2025 that involved launching a new, and non-Destiny, sport that year. “We have to have to build our publishing group, but part of our eyesight also to turn into a multi-franchise entertainment corporation,” Parsons said at the time.

Then, in February 2021, Bungie introduced an enlargement of its Bellevue, Washington headquarters. “The new facility will include a reimagining of its Bellevue studio room to guidance numerous venture teams, together with all those outside the house of the Destiny Universe.” Bungie also claimed it would open up its initial abroad office in 2022, in Amsterdam.

Marathon, which introduced in 1994, was a vital and industrial accomplishment and, notably, an Apple MacOS distinctive. So had been its two sequels, 1995’s Marathon 2: Durandal (whilst a edition for windows released a single year afterwards) and 1996’s Marathon Infinity. The sequence launched 1 year immediately after Id Software’s groundbreaking Doom for MS-DOS and Home windows PCs, and was a normal-bearer in Macintosh desktop gaming’s transient heyday from 1995 to 1997.

In the Marathon trilogy, players start out aboard the UESC Marathon, an huge area colonization vessel produced from the Martian moon Deimos. The Marathon is disabled and assaulted by an alien race identified as the Pfhor, and just one of a few shipboard AIs, named Durandal, is exposed to have attained sentience and is collaborating with the invaders.

Durandal returned in Marathon 2, which went planetside to the homeworld of an additional alien race, and once again in Infinity, which took gamers on a area, time (and intellect) bending journey through functions of the 1st two games. In the course of the collection, players unraveled the mysteries of the alien aggressors, Durandal’s sentience (and digital psychosis), and the more substantial aims of both equally by reading laptop or computer logs and other in-entire world texts.

Bungie’s close affiliation with Apple many thanks to Marathon (as very well as Myth and Oni) famously led to Halo: Fight Evolved’s unique reveal at MacWorld 1999. Microsoft obtained Bungie one particular year later, turning Halo into the tentpole franchise for its Xbox console. There are various references to the Marathon trilogy manufactured during the Halo games designed by Bungie from 2001 to 2010.

Bungie split from Microsoft in 2007 fashioned a publishing arrangement with Activision in 2010 launched Destiny in 2014 retook complete command of that franchise in 2019, and ultimately was acquired by Sony Interactive Leisure in January of this calendar year.

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