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Marathon release date estimate, trailer, and gameplay

Marathon is a reimagining of Bungie's original first-person shooter from 1994, and here's what we know including release date estimate, game info, and more.

Marathon release date, trailer, gameplay, and news: A Runner in Marathon looks out from their perch.

When is the Marathon release date? Marathon is a forthcoming first-person shooter from Bungie, the team behind hit games like Destiny 2 and the original Halo. It’s been a while since the first trailer gave us the scoop on what players could expect from the game, which was rumored to be in development for quite some time before Bungie’s actual announcement in May 2023.

And, while the Marathon release date is still quite a way away, the hype is real given Bungie’s history of delivering unrivaled gunplay and the stunning trailer that re-introduced gamers to the remake of the FPS game, which remains a classic.

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Marathon release date estimate

We expect the Marathon release date to be some time in 2025. This is backed up by previous insights from Bungie CEO Pete Parsons, when he confirmed in a 2019 interview that a non-Destiny game would be released by the end of 2025.

Game studios sometimes share their forthcoming projects years ahead of their debut. In a post on the Bungie blog about Marathon, Bungie General Manager Scott Taylor suggested, “There’s still a long way to go before release,” which makes it unlikely players will see it within the next year.

Some theories are circulating that the Marathon release date could be April 27, 2025, due to a date formatted number on the thigh of a runner in the official trailer, however, due to Bungie being based out of America and the date formatting being in UK-style, we’re inclined to disagree with these rumors.

Marathon release date - some theories are circulating about this runner with a date seemingly printed on their leg

What is Marathon?

This version of Marathon is a reimagined version of the space game of the same name that Bungie released in 1994. The series continued with annual installments, with Marathon 2: Durandal in 1995 and Marathon Infinity in 1996. The original trilogy were single-player Doom-like FPS games available only on Mac OS, the ill-fated Apple Pippin console, and iOS. As such, the Marathon trilogy has a niche cult following.

This modern Marathon will be a PvP-based game with no single-player campaign element. Players can play solo or in crews of up to three people. Bungie has clarified this is not a remake or a sequel to the 1994 game but set in the same world.

“Become a Runner in Bungie’s new sci-fi PvP extraction shooter. Compete for survival, riches, and renown in a world of evolving, persistent zones, where any run can lead to greatness,” Bungie describes the game on the official Marathon website.

Marathon release date, trailer, gameplay, and news: A character ID tag of sorts from Marathon.

A story description regales a tale of a ghost ship over a lost colony on Tau Ceti IV, home to 30,000 souls that have disappeared. As a Runner, which is a cybernetic mercenary, you’ll enter an area that’s full of Artifacts, dormant AI, weapons, and more in a fight for infamy and fame.

The game is an Escape from Tarkov-style extraction shooter, and your objective is to collect items you need while staying alive and avoiding death from environmental elements or other players. Any items you collect will level up your character to make them stronger, giving them the tools they need to survive future missions. Artifacts can be combined to make even stronger tools called Prime Artifacts.

Unlike some extraction shooters, the game centers on a broader narrative that will unfold throughout each season. The development team has suggested there are many ways to become “famous or infamous” in the game, such as through leaderboards, being the first to unlock zones, or helping other players throughout your journey.

Marathon Game Director Christopher Barrett confirmed the game is not intended to be a sequel. “It’s not a direct sequel to the originals, but something that certainly belongs in the same universe and that feels like a Bungie game,” Barrett said in the Bungie blog post.

The game also features a unique, cyberpunk-esque art style full of bright, vibrant colors. In true Bungie style, it will have Bungie-like elements of deep lore, a unique design style, and solid gunplay and weaponry.

Marathon release date, trailer, gameplay, and news: A scenimc image from Marathon.

Does Marathon have crossplay?

The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox series X/S and will feature crossplay and cross-save. This means that players should be able to play with their friends no matter what platforms their pals choose to play on and that a player’s account information and cosmetics should be accessible from any platform on which they own the game.

That’s everything we know about Marathon, the forthcoming multiplayer game from the team behind Halo and Destiny 2. We’ll continue updating this guide with more information as Bungie releases it, so check back in the future for more news.