Bungie went on a bit of a trademark filing spree earlier this month, turning in several applications that may be related to their upcoming persistent-world first-person shooter, Destiny.
In total, Bungie filed for five separate trademarks (Glimmer, Fallen, Hive, Cabal, and Vex) with the Unites States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on March 11, 2013. The applications note that Bungie intends to use the marks for a potentially wide range of products, including; interactive game software, audio and digital books (novels), comic books, graphic novels, reference and instruction guides, posters, calendars, trading cards, Halloween costumes and masks, action figures and related accessories, television programs, and movies — just to name a few.
The connection between Destiny and the trademarks comes mainly from Cabal and Vex. Both of these marks are actual names of enemies in the online shooter. In addition to those two, Fallen was written on some of the promotional material that was leaked prior to the game’s official reveal in February. Neither Glimmer or Hive have ever been used by Bungie in reference to Destiny, but three out of five trademarks ain’t bad.
Aside from the prior use of the Cabal, Vex, and Fallen names, the other thing that seems to tie these trademarks to Destiny is just the simple fact that it is unlikely the studio has any additional projects currently in development. The game seems to have a large scope, and is being developed as a split-generation title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, with versions for the PC and next-gen Xbox likely as well. To put it mildly, Destiny is a huge undertaking that is probably eating up most of the studio’s time.
With that said, we can’t 100% confirm that Glimmer, Fallen, Hive, Cabal, and Vex have anything to do with Destiny, so these trademarks are just something to keep in mind at this time. Activision has made it clear that Destiny will not be released before 2014. Once we get any additional information on the shooter, or these trademarks, we will let you know.