Before there was Destiny, before there was Halo, Bungie made its name on the Macintosh computer with a now largely forgotten FPS series called Marathon. They astonished everyone today when they revealed that one of their non-Destiny projects was a return to the venerable FPS franchise with a new game called... Marathon.
The trailer sadly doesn't show us too much of what Marathon is beyond that it is still a shooter and that it looks a lot different than it did in the 1990s when the series had its heyday. On their site, they promise a bit more info and it reveals that it is a new sci-fi PvP extraction shooter (think Escape From Tarkov) where players compete for resources and survival in evolving persistent zones.
In a post on PlayStation blog Bungie's Christopher Barrett says that Marathon is not a direct sequel to the original trilogy, but instead something that belongs in the same universe. He further clarified that there is no single-player campaign and that it has been built from the ground up as a PVP game. He declined to give any timeline about the game, but said that the next time we see it will be closer to release and feature gameplay.
Still, the fact that Bungie was resurrecting its original series somehow failed to be the most surprising thing with this announcement. On their site, Bungie, which was purchased by Sony last year, reveals that Marathon will release on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. That's right, it's a first-party PlayStation game releasing on Xbox, and it will also have full cross-play and cross-save to complete the surprise.