Marathon: Durandal

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Bungie's MMO style sci-fi FPS Destiny out 2013 as an Xbox 360, next Xbox timed exclusive

Bungie's MMO style sci-fi FPS Destiny out 2013 as an Xbox 360, next Xbox timed exclusive

Expansion packs codenamed Comet revealed. Marathon 2 in the works.

Bungie's next game Destiny will launch in the autumn of 2013 initially on Xbox 360 and the next Xbox, according to the former Halo developer's contract with new publisher Activision.

The contract, published by the LA Times and made public as part of the lawsuit between Activision and Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella, reveals Bungie has signed up to make four "sci-fantasy, action shooter games" in the Destiny universe every other year from autumn 2013 to 2019.

On top of that, Bungie will make four downloadable expansion packs codenamed Comet every other year from autumn 2014 up to 2020.

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Remastered Marathon games released free on PC, Mac, Linux

Old Bungie games Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal and Marathon Infinity have been remastered and released, for free, on PC, Mac and Linux.

You can download them from the Aleph One website (via Bungie.net).

The Marathon trilogy has been available as freeware online for six years. The important point here is the "remastered" part.

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Marathon - Durandal

Marathon - Durandal

Snickers never happened.

And now it's Bungie's turn to wallow in some timely nostalgia, as we turn the clock back almost 12 years to a time when 3D accelerators had barely left the drawing board. Those happy, expensive days...

The wallet-draining mid-'90s was definitely a good time to be paying close attention to the genesis of first-person shooters; every new game seemed to build on the one before in an interesting way, and an awful lot of the innovations we now take for granted were still very much up for grabs.

At the time, the relatively unknown Bungie studio was content to plough a lonely furrow on the Macintosh - tantamount to commercial suicide at a time when the PC was fully in its stride as the cutting edge gaming platform of choice. Still, it didn't hurt them in the long run, did it?

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