Bungie has announced its first new game in nearly six years. At tonight’s PlayStation Showcase, Bungie revealed Marathon with a psychedelic trailer that showcases a very different form of cyberpunk dystopia.
We’re not sure yet if Marathon could be considered a reboot or a remake. According to Bungie’s new website, Marathon will be an extraction shooter where players “compete for survival, fortune and fame in a world of evolving, persistent zones where every run can lead to greatness.” Instead of a security guard, the player takes on the role of a “runner” searching for unusual signals for “mysterious artifacts,” “long-dormant artificial intelligence, and “treasures of untold wealth.”
The original Marathon, released for the Macintosh in 1994, was one of Bungie’s first successes. An early first-person shooter that was compared to Doom, Marathon placed players aboard the UESC Marathon, a colony ship built from the Martian moon Deimos. Marathon planned to go to the Tau Ceti system to begin colonizing the system’s fourth planet, but as often happens, the aliens invade and start killing the colonists.
The player in the original Marathon is definitely human, but there seem to be no humans in tonight’s trailer. The main characters seem to be robot caterpillars, android soldiers and colorful AIs. In the original game, three AI computers controlled Marathon, and it looks like they will be a major component of the new game as well.
It has been known for some time that Bungie is currently developing several games. This is the first time we’ve heard of a remake of Marathon, which could be a rumored third-person action game or a multiplayer PvP action title with esports aspirations. The extremely bright colors would certainly make it easier to distinguish between teams, although very little of the original Marathon seemed suited to team fighting. There’s also a rumored fantasy game and a brand new IP outside the Destiny universe.
Marathon will be for PS5, Xbox Series X and PC with full cross-play and cross-save. We don’t have a release date, but you can sign up for notifications on Marathon’s website.
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