We'll be learning more about the future of Destiny 2 in just a short while, but meanwhile another project is bubbling away in secret at Bungie. The studio has a few open roles on its team for incubation of its "next great IP," and the listings give us an early idea of what this new property will and won't share in common with the genre mishmash that is Destiny.
Spotted by TheGamePost and brought to our attention by Eurogamer, these three incubation team listings each back some intriguing details. First, Bungie's looking for an Incubation Art Director who "would like to work on something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters[.]" Bungie's certainly no stranger to sprinkling in humor throughout its titles, but putting those descriptors front-and-center could suggest a setting more distinct from the sci-fi epics Bungie's best known for, from Destiny on back through Halo and Marathon.
Lighthearted as this project may aim to be, fighting is guaranteed over frolicking. A listing for an Incubation Senior/Lead Combat Designer makes clear that "pursuit of top-tier combat design" is both the focus of the role and a key element of this new project.
Lastly, Bungie's searching for an Incubation Investment Designer, whose responsibilities include designing, building, and tuning "a wide variety of pursuit and loot systems" as well as "an overarching game economy"—skill-wise, Bungie's looking for someone with experience working on fundamental RPG game systems. One "nice to have" for the role would be a degree in economics, finance, or statistics. Maybe this new IP won't be about collecting guns and gauntlets, but it seems like loot will be just as central (and a little bit spreadsheet-y) as it is in Destiny.
By 2025, Bungie aims to have "other franchises within the marketplace" besides Destiny, but it'll likely be a while before we see whatever it is these incubation team developers will tinker away on. The $100 million investment Bungie received from Chinese game company NetEase in 2018 will help with crafting a new IP (and gave NetEase a minority stake in the studio), but with Destiny having peeled off from Activision in early 2019 and Bungie still planning tons of content, expect it to remain front-and-center in the developer's portfolio for some time.
We'll be getting our first look at what's coming next for Destiny 2—and, probably, some details on how it'll make the leap to next-gen—on a stream scheduled for later today. So far, the teasers make this new stuff look anything but "lighthearted" or "whimsical." Seems like it's nearly time for years of build-up to pay off with a big, serious showdown in Destiny 2.