Bungie Possibly Developing Destiny 3 Under Codename ‘Payback’, It’s Claimed

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In a new report by Forbes, Paul Tassi added support to an old rumor on reddit, which claimed that Bungie might be developing Destiny 3 under the codename “Payback”.

Tassi did not confirm the rumor outright. Instead, they acknowledge that the reddit post correctly predicted a “prism” system that allows players to “mix and match abilities from different subclasses.”

Bungie officially provided some major reveals yesterday, including a new gameplay trailer for Destiny 2: The Final Shape. A particular highlight from its showcase was the Prismatic subclass that mixes abilities.

As a result, Tassi concluded that “it stands to reason the second half of the comment might be as well.” That half of the comment claims that Destiny 3 has the codename Payback.

Technically, anyone could have revisited the Reddit comment with hindsight. But Tassi is a highly reliable source, and added they will “dig around to see if I can find anything else on this.” Later in their report, they also maintain that Destiny 3 “wouldn’t arrive until the next console generation.”

The same Reddit account that broke the Prismatic mechanics also has a new post from yesterday. They add that “Payback refers to Bungie getting payback against themselves by creating something they hope everyone will love.” So, Bungie’s codename for Destiny 3 may not reference any actual in-game content.

Destiny 2 indulged tabletop levels of RPG attitude with the freedom in its Prismatic subclass. And so far, the fanbase seems pleased. It opens up new opportunities to build your own playstyle.

This might be more complex for newcomers. But games like Baldur’s Gate 3 have invited wider audiences to welcome complicated character builds. The Prismatic subclass might also signal a true north for Destiny 3, which may need truly fresh changes to attract a new generation of gamers.

Bungie has not confirmed the rumors above, nor that Destiny 3 is in active development.

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