Bungie’s contract with Activision from April 2010 has been codenamed Destiny. Details have been made public for the first time as part of a separate lawsuit involving the Call of Duty game franchise.
According to the contract (via The Verge), the plan is for the series to consist of four games, with the first planned for release on the Xbox 360 and Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox during fall 2013. Future entries are also roughly dated, with releases set for 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Although the first game in the series and its “major downloadable content expansion pack” are said to be Microsoft-timed exclusive. The second game does have the option to release on Sony’s next machine in 2014.
In addition, four downloadable expansion packs for Destiny, codenamed “Comet,” are also planned release during the years between major Destiny games, starting in fall 2014, then continuing in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
The second game in the series is contracted to “be compatible with the Xbox 360, Xbox 720 and the Sony PlayStation 4,” as well as Windows PCs.
As for details of the game, according to the contract it’ll take a “massively-multiplayer-style,” with client based mission structures with persistent elements.” The franchise plans to comprise of “a blend of retail packaged goods sales, subscriptions, downloadable content, value-added services and micro-transactions.”
The contract can be read in full as a PDF at the LA Times web site.