At the PlayStation Showcase Live Stream, Bungie took the next step in its evolution into a multi-game studio by announcing its next game: Marathon. A new sci-fi extraction shooter, this new IP is the first completely new project from the studio in more than a decade. Marathon is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC with full cross-save and cross-play, and no release date has been announced. Coinciding with the announcement, Bungie released the first CGI trailer for the game, showing off a first look at the world of Marathon, a glimpse of the player characters—known in-game as “Runners”—and the game’s bold visual style.
“Marathon is the start of an amazing journey for Bungie, one that is inspired by our studio’s legendary history while pushing boldly into the future,” said Marathon General Manager Scott Taylor. “We’re taking all of the lessons that we’ve learned from more than 30 years of creating amazing worlds and innovative PvP experiences and putting them into a game that looks, sounds, and plays like nothing Bungie has ever made.”
A PvP-focused extraction shooter set on the mysterious planet of Tau Ceti IV, Marathon will see players inhabit the bodies of Runners, cybernetic mercenaries who have been designed to survive the planet’s harsh environments, exploring the lost colony that once inhabited Tau Ceti’s surface. Players will engage solo or in crews of three, searching for mysterious alien artifacts, as well as for valuable loot and new weapons and gear that they can add to their collection.
“Even at this stage of development, it’s incredible to watch the creativity and excitement around the game at Bungie,” said Marathon Game Director Christopher Barrett. “The team is committed to creating a PvP-first gameplay experience full of tension and excitement, all set in a persistent, dynamic, narratively rich online world where players’ actions have ramifications on each unfolding season.”
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