Ever since Bungie inked a publishing deal with Activision in 2010, rumors have flown about what kind of game the company best known for the Halo franchise would be creating. Aside from the code name, Destiny, not much information has left the walls of either company. That changed earlier today, when the Los Angeles Times leaked a copy of the contract between Bungie and Activision.
The contract details the specifics around Destiny's development. Although the detailed reference exhibits were not attached to the leaked contract, we were still able to glean a few nuggets of information from the contract itself.
- The project is supposed to be a "massively-multiplayer-style, sci-fantasy, action-shooter" series of games.
- There are four games planned for the franchise, with "Destiny Game #1" scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 in fall of 2013.
- "Destiny Game #1" has a tentative PlayStation 3 release date of fall of 2014.
- "Destiny Game #2" is scheduled for fall of 2015. It is also planned for the next-generation of consoles.
- "Destiny Game #3" is scheduled for fall of 2017.
- "Destiny Game #4" is scheduled for fall of 2019.
- Expansion packs for each game are planned for release in the even-numbered off years (ie 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020).
- Activision wants the "Destiny" games to target an ESRB Teen rating, though the contract does not guarantee this.
- If "Destiny Game #1" gets a rating of 90 or better on gamerakings.com (interesting that GameRankings is called out instead of MetaCritic) 30 days after release, Bungie gets a $2,500,000 quality bonus.
- Bungie has the right to approve any third party conversions of the Destiny games and reserves the right to disallow any studio it sees as direct competitors. Epic Games, Gearbox and Valve are called out as direct competitors.
If you're interested in learning more, you can download the 27-page contract from documentcloud.org.