According to a recently published patent, Bungie may be working on a game that will allow players to create their own maps. Bungie is well known for creating incredibly large games with multiple systems. However, with Destiny and Destiny 2, the company left behind the user content systems created for Halo. While there is no clear indication that Bungie will be moving in a new direction for Destiny 2 or in its unannounced upcoming projects, there is now ample evidence that this should be considered possible.
Admittedly, player-created maps don’t make much sense in Destiny 2. Bungie keeps its Crucible PvP maps under tight control, and PvE content isn’t suitable for player-created content. However, it is known that Bungie is working on a new game, previously known as Matter. Perhaps with Matter, Bungie will be more open to bringing back a Halo Forge-like game feature with custom maps and game modes.
The reason why this idea is possible is due to Bungie’s recently published patent for the “Markup Free Ledge Grab” system. The main idea of the patent is to dynamically detect ledges on obstacles, which will give players a visual indicator that allows them to see where they can climb up. In the description of this patent, Bungie describes how players create their own levels, for example, using a map editor. The dynamic system could be used to determine the places of disguise, while the player did not need to add them to his map on his own.
In practice, the player will be able to create any map in three-dimensional space. Only when playing this map is the Bungie dynamic system activated to detect and mark ledges. The player ran up to a ledge on which it was possible to throw a mantle, the game detected it and showed a visual effect where the player could cover the mantle.
Without going into the technical details of the masking system, it is necessary to ask the question: does the inclusion of a language describing the creation of a custom map indicate that Bungie is planning these features for a future game. It could just be a way to convey how the system works, or it could be used specifically because that’s what Bungie has in mind for the upcoming game.
Regardless of whether Bungie intends to add custom map creation to its games in the future, this is certainly something that its fans will enjoy. The Forge system in Halo has led to the creation of some of the best game modes in the series, and the lack of Forge has been seen as one of the biggest launch mistakes of Halo Infinite. Let’s hope Bungie releases the next game.