Bungie’s new IP is a multiplayer action game that could have a character focus.
A new job position advertisement shows that Bungie is looking to recruit a ‘Contract Incubation Sandbox Designer’ to design combat systems for the studio’s new IP. “Bungie is seeking a Gameplay/Combat Designer to contribute to a multiplayer action game currently in incubation,” the advert explains.
This line makes it clear that whatever Bungie’s next game is, it’s a multiplayer game or has a multiplayer mode. That comes of no surprise, considering the developer’s legacy of Halo and Destiny games. But a request in the ‘Required Skills’ section of the advertisement could narrow down what this new IP is. “Experience working on character-focused action games” is required.
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While this is not confirmation that Bungie’s next game is a hero shooter, it does point to the fact that the studio deems it necessary that those working on the new IP have an understanding of games that are character-led. Of course, this could point to a number of different avenues; League of Legends is a character-focused action game, as is something like Devil May Cry. It’s tempting to imagine that a new Bungie IP would be an FPS, but ‘action’ could point to many different gameplay styles. But considering that this development experience is required for a multiplayer game, it does point to the possibility of Bungie’s next game existing in an adjacent space to games like Overwatch.
We’ve been gradually learning very small amounts about Bungie’s next IP from job adverts like this one. Previously, we discovered that it could be “something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters,” as well as have RPG mechanics.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.