With Destiny 2 turning five years old next year, it’s inevitable that Bungie would begin looking to the future for their next project. And based on a listing on Greenhouse, a recruiting services and software company, it seems they’re Bungie is staffing up for a new “character-focused IP.”
The listing is for an “incubation sandbox designer,” a contract position that requires the potential hire to “rapidly prototype new gameplay ideas.” More interestingly though, it asks specifically for experience “working on character-focused action games.” It’s not surprising that Bungie is on the lookout for talent in the area of multiplayer action, but this distinction seems to tell us more about what’s next for the studio.
“Are you on a mission to create games that bond players together into deeply invested communities?” the job listing asks. “Do you spend your time thinking about how different game mechanics can come together to create amazing teamplay moments? Are you excited to learn how to make gameplay that strongly cares about player intention, action game feel, and readability?”
It’s worth noting that the game in question is in “incubation,” as is implied by the job description, which means that it’s still pretty early on in development and presumably conceptualization. Bungie reportedly has multiple ideas in “incubation,” but a previous job listing asked potential applicants if they would “like to work on something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters”
Previously, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons told IGN that the studio would like to “have other franchises within the marketplace” by 2025. Whether those new franchises are distinctly separate ones or one and the same, what’s certain is that Bungie is staffing up to make a new IP that differs meaningfully from Destiny or Halo, the latter of which remains a wholly owned Xbox Game Studios property.