When the Activision/Infinity Ward court battle leaked the Activision/Bungie contract detailing the Fall 2013 release of Bungie’s new IP I thought for sure it would officially be announced at E3 (arguably the most popular video game convention). So when E3 came and went I was a little confused nothing had even been mumbled about it. Then it hit me.
Bungie’s new game will be announced at PAX.
Games, especially from blockbusters devs (like Bungie), are usually announced a year to 15 months before they release. Halo: Reach (Bungie’s last game) was announced June 1, 2009 and released September 14, 2010. Resistance 3 was announced on August 17th, 2010 and released September 6th, 2011. Gears of War 3 was announced on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon on April 12th, 2010 and released September 20th, 2011. Borderlands 2 info started coming out last summer and was officially announced August 3rd, 2011. It’s set to release later this year. Is Borderlands a blockbuster IP? Debatable. But I digress.
If that contract is true- that Bungie’s new game is releasing in 2013- I can’t imagine them announcing it any other time. PAX is always held in Seattle which is also where- surprise, surprise -Bungie headquarters resides.
The question now is- how excited for PAX 2012 are you?