The lawsuit between publisher Activision and the former employees Vince Zampella and Jason West has revealed information about the new video game from Bungie, which is codenamed Destiny, and more details have emerged about the requirements the game needs to meet, even if no real game information has emerged.
There will be three core entries in the Destiny series
and all of them will have to be tame enough to get a Teen rating, which tends to generate higher sales for AAA releases.
Destiny will also occupy all of Bungie’s time until 2018, the earliest year that the development studio will be free to start working on any other video game projects.
The contract between Bungie and Activision states that companies like Epic Games, Gearbox and Valve are “banned from developing any Destiny or Comet conversions or adaptations.” Bungie
will be given the rights to publish Destiny projects for itself, or with a publisher other than Activision” in 2022 and the publisher will still retain the right to be the first company to negotiate the rights to a new title.
The contract also states “before commercial release of all games in the contract, Bungie must provide Activision with all Easter eggs it has spliced into the game. Activision, following certification process, must provide Bungie with the same list.”
Bungie will also get 1,000 Destiny copies after launch date in order to share and promote the game and it seems that every employee of the developer will also get two Activision published games for free during each year.
Destiny will apparently mix traditional first-person shooter mechanics with some MMO elements and will use a newly designed game universe.
The three core titles in the series will each get an expansion and they will be published for the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, but also for next-generation home consoles.