Rumor: Bungie Working on Space MMO Titled ‘Destiny’

Last year, a few comments from Bungie led folks to believe that the next game from the Halo developer would be a MMO. Now, a source has told Kotaku that the speculation is actually fact.

The source, who claims to be a recently terminated Bungie contractor, says that the game is an MMOFPS titled Destiny and that it will run on a new engine developed by Bungie (this was also rumored last fall). The game is allegedly codenamed “Tiger,” and will feature new online connectivity and matchmaking tech. The source also referred to the title as “WoW in space.”

So, how credible is this? Well, the anonymous ‘source’ claims that he is part of a group of around 30 non-salaried employees that Bungie let go. He also cites “budgetary concerns” and says that this group suffered unfair treatment. Here’s a sample of his statements,

I and about 30 other people were let go for no reason recently after Bungie decided to let go every employee who wasn’t full-time employed, this included producers, artists, programmers, most of the IT staff, and security. We were given no warning and were actually told there was a “full-time employee only meeting” and that we had to leave the building early, only to find out once we left that our email accounts were killed.

Bungie has now addressed this rumor on their official website, saying,

The claim is false.

Bungie has never been asked to lay off any employees or contract employees by our publisher, Activision-Blizzard, for any reason. The talented professionals who grace our offices day in and day out are the lifeblood of Bungie – our most cherished commodity – and the unsubstantiated rumors posted today are in direct opposition to the culture and values that we believe make Bungie an exceptional place to work, and to call home.

As with any rumor, it’s hard to lend credence to anything without some sort of attribution. As the only source for this is an anonymous person who, by his own definition, is a disgruntled former staff member, it’s doubly hard in this case.

We’ll keep an eye on this situation, but barring a number of these supposed 30 laid-off contractors coming forward to confirm it, you can likely write this one off. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the news of the MMO will turn out to be false. It just means that the stories about laid-off employees may not be factually accurate.

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