A game 26.2 years in the making
The last Marathon game, Marathon Infinity, was released in 1996. Since then Bungie has worked on Halo and then Destiny, all but leaving Marathon in the past. Now, nay nay. The series is back. Announced during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase, Bungie is rebooting Marathon.
The new game will be a PvP multiplayer “extraction” shooter, the name given to large scale multiplayer games that focus on loot-grabbing (and then extracting out of the game) rather than numbers of kills. It’s less guns a-blazing and more crouch and set up, and forces players to be much more creative and tactical with their play. This new Marathon will have some deep cuts within the lore of the universe, but will predominantly be a new live-service experience. As Runners, players will explore a planet and its lost civilization for loot, money, and weapons that can be carried over and improved with.
The game development is being led by General Manager Scott Taylor and Game Director Christopher Barrett, and is due for launch on PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S with full cross-play and cross-save. Bungie was purchased by Sony in 2022, and some of their in-development projects were still multiplatform prior to that deal. There is no release date yet for Marathon.