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Bungie and Netease are said to be developing the Destiny mobile game

Bungie’s underlying work with Chinese publisher NetEase involves a mobile shooter set in the Destiny universe, according to a new report.

Jobs for a Destiny project had already been spotted last year by The Game Post. Skills required included a “willingness to travel to China” on a regular basis and to host Chinese partner teams.

NetEase invested $100 million in Bungie in 2018, though the companies have never officially confirmed what the two are working on.

The final season of Destiny 2 – not for mobile.

Speculation had previously pointed to the two companies working on Bungie’s next big AAA IP – potentially the franchise for which it trademarked the “Matter” name, also in 2018. Job postings unearthed by The Game Post in 2020 indicated that this project was “something comical”. with “light and whimsical characters”.

Now, a The Game Post source with knowledge of NetEase’s development plans has claimed that the Chinese company has been working on a new mobile shooter Destiny and has been for several years. The suggestion is that it will be a new game, rather than a mobile port of Destiny 1 or 2.

NetEase is, of course, very experienced in mobile games – and recently teamed up with Blizzard to release Diablo Immortal for PC and smartphones, but not without controversy.

In February of this year, Sony announced that it would buy Bungie for $3.6 billion. At the time, Sony boss Jim Ryan said the purchase was “an important step in our strategy to expand PlayStation’s reach to a much wider audience”.