It appears that the 360 will begin falling out of favor with developers around the fall of next year, or at least that’s what Activision revealed in their blockbuster publishing deal with Bungie. However, the transitory period from current to next-gen may last significantly longer than we once anticipated.
Court documents describing the deal between mega-publisher Activision and Bungie – creator of the fabled Halo series – have come to light. Originating in 2010, these documents call for the first game in the codenamed Destiny Games franchise to be released for both the Xbox 360 and the 720 in the Autumn of 2013. Games being released for two generations of consoles is not exceedingly uncommon – think about how many titles were simultaneously released for the PS2 and PS3. What is rather baffling is that Comet #1, the expansion pack to the first Destiny game, is also slated for release on both systems in late 2014, indicating that the transitory period between this generation and the next will last at least a year. Considering that the original Xbox was left dead in the water upon the inception of the 360 in 2005, this revelation, to say the least, is a bit unexpected.
Destiny #1 will launch as a Microsoft exclusive, only being ported to the PS3 in mid-2014. The other titles in the well-planned out franchise are to be released in 2015, 2017 and 2019. For those who haven’t heard of Destiny, it is a science fantasy, action shooting series. Beyond that not too much is known. Although, considering Bungie’s track record for spinning genres in unheard of ways, it stands to be a rollicking good time, if not a game changer. Let’s just hope Activision doesn’t rush Destiny #1 out the door, like they’ve been known to do in the past.