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Release Dates


Last polygon filled 6:05 PM Saturday, December 14.


This section is designed to list the release dates and other significant dates in the life of the Marathon series, including Pathways Into Darkness. Dates are given correct to the nearest day where known. Supporting evidence (press releases, newsletters, usenet posts, etc.) is also provided where possible.


July 7, 1993   The Pathways into Darkness demo (vA1) becomes available to download  from America OnLine.

Aug 3, 1993   Bungie begins selling Pathways Into Darkness at Boston Macworld, 350 copies sold out of  500 copies on sale at the show.

Jan 5, 1994   Bungie show their upcoming game (code-named Marathon) at the San Francisco Macworld Expo.

Mar 14, 1994   Bungie announces a PowerPC version of Pathways Into Darkness.

Apr 7, 1994   The PowerPC version of the demo becomes available to download  from America OnLine. The download included a v1.1 to v2.0 updater for the full game.

July 25, 1994   Bungie announces Marathon.

Aug 2, 1994   Bungie unveils Marathon at Boston Macworld.

Sept 22, 1994   Bungie uploads a collage of Marathon screenshots to the Mac Games library on America OnLine. The Collage also came with two press releases. One dated September 19, 1994 and the other September 22, 1994.

Nov 23, 1994   Marathon Demo released.

Dec 17, 1994   Last polygon filled. It wasn't Dec 14, 1994. The proof.

Dec 21, 1994   Marathon ships.

Apr 20, 1995   Bungie announces the Marathon CD.

July 19, 1995   Bungie announces Marathon 2: Durandal. It was actual announced one day earlier by Power Computing when they announced The Disc.

Aug 8, 1995   Bungie unveils Marathon 2: Durandal at Boston Macworld '95.

Aug 8, 1995   Power Computing distribute The Disc containing the Marathon 2: Durandal Preview at Boston Macworld '95.

Oct 13, 1995   Marathon 2: Durandal Demo released.

Nov 21, 1995   Marathon 2: Durandal ships. The official release date for Marathon 2 was November 30,  but Cyberian Outpost received copies on November 21 and began shipping.

Feb 22, 1996   Bungie announces Marathon Infinity and Greg Kirkpatrick is doing it.

Mar 30, 1996   Bungie announces that Marathon 2: Durandal to be ported to Windows 95.

May 16, 1996   Bungie unveils Marathon Infinity at the 2nd annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles (May 16-18, 1996)

July 31, 1996   Marathon 2: Durandal for Windows 95 Demo released.

Aug 10, 1996   Marathon Infinity Demo released.

Sept 6, 1996   Marathon 2: Durandal for Windows 95 ships.

Oct 15, 1996   Marathon Infinity ships. Confirmed in the first Bungie Newsletter. Note that while the official shipping date was Oct 15 there were reports of some stores having copies as early as Oct 12.

Mar 21, 1997   Bungie announces Marathon Trilogy Box Set.

May 1, 1997   The original shipping date for Marathon Trilogy Box Set but it got a bit delayed by about two weeks.

Oct 27, 1998   Bungie is ranked 101 in the top 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

July 1, 1999   Bungie announces the Mac Action Sack. Order it today.

July 21, 1999   Bungie releases the Mac Action Sack at the Macworld Expo in New York City.

July 21, 1999   Bungie announces Halo at the Macworld Expo in New York City.

Jan 17, 2000   Bungie releases the Marathon 2: Durandal source code.

June 19, 2000   Microsoft acquires Bungie.  Dear Fans letter from Alex and Jason.  Bungie's FAQ on the acquisition.

July 1, 2011   Bungie releases the Marathon Infinity source code.

Jan 31, 2022   Sony Interactive Entertainment to acquire Bungie, Inc.

July 15, 2022   Sony Interactive Entertainment acquires Bungie, Inc.


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