Bungie Hires Former Guild Wars 2 Developer to Work on Unannounced Project
Bungie is hiring a former ArenaNet developer with experience leading post-launch Guild Wars 2 storytelling content for their new game.
Bungie continues to work hard on the continued development of Destiny 2, which includes seasonal content as well as major expansions like the upcoming release of The witch queen. However, Bungie is also known to be working on another game, a new IP tentatively scheduled for release in 2025. Fans of Bungie’s work have gathered details about this new project and today they have a new addition to the puzzle. . An ex-Guild Wars 2 developer has confirmed that they are now working on an unannounced Bungie project.
The developer is called Tom Abernathy, and they worked on Guild Wars 2 between 2017 and December 2021, joining Bungie with the New Year. Abernathy confirmed on Twitter that he joined Bungie as the senior narrative manager. Abernathy also confirms he’s working on an “unannounced project,” notable in that it explicitly means he’s not working on Destiny 2. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s working on Bungie’s new IP 2025, either.
What one can assume, however, is that Tom Abernathy is brought in for his unique experience. When Abernathy joined ArenaNet in 2017 as the studio’s narrative director, Guild Wars 2 was already five years old. This means that Abernathy’s experience is rooted in post-launch storytelling through DLC content, including Guild Wars 2 had a large sum. Free DLC chapter versions, premium content, and major expansions are all part of Abernathy’s vehicles for delivering the tale.
Another confirmation of this comes from some of the Bungie employees that Abernathy tagged on Twitter, people he is delighted to work with. One name he mentioned is Julia Nardin, another senior narrative manager working on seasonal content for Destiny 2. These two people working together may imply that Abernathy is struggling to understand Bungie’s pipeline for post-launch content storytelling.
However, speculation cannot go further. All that’s clear is that Abernathy, a veteran narrative director who worked on a major MMO, is now working at Bungie on an unannounced project. What the project is and what it is specifically working on remains unknown.
As for when Bungie fans can expect more information, it will likely be years before the game is announced – assuming it’s the new 2025 IP address. Bungie gives that game all the development time it needs. In addition, he does not want to distract from Destiny 2, which will remain his priority until the new game is ready. This may be the last clue of what Abernathy is doing at Bungie for a while.
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