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Bungie is keeping plenty busy these days with Destiny 2, but it looks like they may have also been working on a secret project. The developer recently filed a trademark application for what appears to be a game called Matter. Details are extremely limited, but, given the fact that they've gone through the whole trademark process, we wouldn't be surprised if some official information surfaces soon.
The folks over at Eurogamer recently picked up on a trademark application filed by Bungie with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The application was filed on Sept. 28, which means it managed to stay under the radar for nearly a full week. That equates to approximately 2.5 years in terms of games gossip, which is pretty impressive.
According to the report, the trademark is for a property simply called "Matter," and it was filed for categories 9 and 41, which are specifically for computer game software and online entertainment services.
Outside of the name, the application also includes a single image, which appears to be a logo of some sort. I'm not being intentionally vague, this is just literally all of the information available from the application at this point. I hesitate to flat-out call it a game simply because "online entertainment services" could mean just about anything at this point. Sure, the application also includes "computer game software" but, for the sake of keeping expectations at the appropriate level, I don't want to assume anything just yet. You can take a look at the logo below:
As the original report notes, Bungie is rolling hard with NetEase these days, the Chinese publisher that handles various Blizzard titles (World of Warcraft, Overwatch, etc.) in the territory. NetEase joined Team Bungie only a few months back, but it seems plausible that Matter would have something to do with that new partnership. Equally plausible is that Matter is a new battle royale game, but I'd say that no matter what developer filed a trademark under just about any name these days, as that seems to be the unavoidable trend.
In other Bungie news, the Forsaken update launched for Destiny 2 about a month ago and fans and critics alike seem to be loving it. What's interesting is that, while another year's worth of content is planned for the game, new story missions aren't part of the current roadmap. In other words, it seems like Bungie may have already moved its main team onto the third game, allowing the current Destiny 2 team to worry about fun new activities, modes and maps while any narrative focus is being funneled into a third campaign.
This is just speculation, but wouldn't it be a rad combo if Bungie showed up at an event like December's The Game Awards and were like, "Here's what you can expect out of the next six months of Destiny 2, yes, we're working on a third game and, boom, here's a little something called Matter.