Bungie is on the precipice of its first major expansion since its departure from Activision. But the newly independent studio doesn't seem content just to build up Destiny 2. In a new interview with Bungie CEO Pete Parsons, the company seems set to expand to new horizons-and new franchises.
"So, by 2025 we have a pretty specific path to make sure we transform Destiny and that we have other franchises within the marketplace," Parsons says in an interview with IGN.
Parsons tells IGN that Bungie needs to build its publishing group, but the company's vision is also to extend out to multiple franchises, becoming one of the "best entertainment companies" in the world by 2025. He cites Destiny as an example of what these new franchises might look like, not in terms of setting, but in tone and scope.
"I think the long-term vision of Bungie would be, we have worlds like Destiny that are great places to go and build friendships in," Parsons says. "And we begin to introduce new worlds that people care a lot about."
It's no surprise that Bungie wants Destiny to keep expanding, but what could be on the horizon for a company that has, for years, been the Destiny developer? The company teased a new IP when it partnered with Chinese online gaming company NetEase in 2018, and mobile seems a lucrative area for Destiny to expand. Bungie also has the time to work on new IP, now that it is "gaining a better understanding" of the Destiny playerbase's wants.
A former Bungie dev is already working on their own new sci-fi world in the form of Disintegration. But Bungie has classically been a sci-fi FPS studio, from Destiny on through to Halo and Oni. Maybe the mysterious Matter trademark has something to do with it? Either way, time will tell what Bungie is working on.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep launches tomorrow, Oct. 1, on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Head over to our guides section to keep up with all the Exotics and other tidbits we've learned so far.