As a side effect of Activision’s ongoing court battle with former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, details of the company’s deal with Bungie have been made public in documents posted by the LA Times.
According to the documents, Bungie has agreed to create four “sci-fantasy, action shooter games” in a project code-named “Destiny” (for which Bungie filed trademarks last year) The first will be an Xbox exclusive (360 with the option for its successor) in fall 2013 (versions for other systems would follow one year later) with followup games on Xbox successor, PS3 successor, and PC in 2015, 2017, and 2019. Four DLC expansions, code-named “Comet,” are included in the deal, due fall 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.
In the contract, Activision reserves the right to take over the “Destiny” property if Bungie fails to meet its requirements; however, it stipulates that it will not begin more “Destiny” projects until Bungie has completed its work.
The contract also gives Bungie the freedom to put five percent of its staff to work on a prototype for a new game referred to as “Marathon,” with the team size allowed to grow after certain operating income. There are also rules governing how much of the company’s staff can work on Bungie.Net, Halo Reach DLC and other projects.
That takes care of the next eight years or so of video game news. Who wants tacos?