Back in April, Bungie executives trademarked the name Aerospace for the developer, leading many to believe that it was the name of the next game from the makers of the Halo franchise. Now, days before the company will be celebrating their 20th birthday on July 7, they’ve decided to finally reveal the purpose of the site, something that might just surprise you.
Bungie Aerospace is to be an initiative in which smaller, indie gaming development groups who are working on social and mobile games, will be supported by the veteran company. Bungie COO Pete Parsons had this to say about the project;
Bungie has always been passionate about making and playing great games, regardless of platform. Bungie Aerospace will allow us to explore game creation in multiple formats with some amazingly talented teams. Now that we’ve returned to our roots as an independent studio, we are in a position to launch Bungie Aerospace to support, foster, and elevate like-minded, independent developers.
As for games already in development with the initiative, Crimson has been confirmed, a game from developer Harebrained Schemes. With the project being led by Jordan Weisman, who has previous credits for games such as Crimson Skies,Shadowrun and Mechwarrior: Dark Age, the title is being developed for iOS and Android systems, with more details to be revealed later this year before it officially launches.
While Bungie will be helping out select developers, dont expect the company itself to suddenly start testing the waters of mobile gaming. Developers attached to the initiative will have access to the Bungie.net platform and community in order to realise their projects, with small studios and varsity students being encouraged to join up with Bungie.
The announcement may be unexpected, but its a fantastic way for a bigger developer to encourage growth in games, albeit on a smaller level, and help foster the next generation of developers.
Last Updated: July 1, 2011