It's been more than 25 years since the last game in the storied Marathon first-person shooter franchise came out, but developer Bungie is (sort of) returning to its roots by rebooting the IP with a new game simply titled Marathon.
The game was revealed as a PlayStation 5 title in a short cinematic trailer during Sony's not-E3 "PlayStation Showcase" stream Wednesday afternoon. That said, it is also coming to PC and Xbox Series X/S. Bungie says it will support cross-play and cross-save between those platforms, just like the developer's current flagship title, Destiny 2.
The cross-platform nature of it wasn't a foregone conclusion though, as Sony closed an acquisition of Bungie in July 2022. This is Bungie's first non-Destiny title in 13 years.
According to an interview published on the PlayStation Blog, the new Marathon game will be set in the same universe as the original games, drawing from their lore, themes, and story. Look to Destiny, not the original Marathon games, for a hint at what kind of game the new Marathon will be, though; this will be a multiplayer, game-as-a-service affair, in contrast to the original franchise's single-player campaigns. Specifically, Marathon will be an extraction shooter—a genre that has become increasingly popular over the past few years.
That said, the interview in the PlayStation blog suggests that there will be more substantial story components in this game than you see in other extraction shooters—which makes sense, as the story has been a big factor in Destiny 2.