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Bungie Releasing Marathon Trilogy on Steam for free, 1st Game Now Available

Bungie Releasing Marathon Trilogy on Steam for free, 1st Game Now Available - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 May 2024 / 2,598 Views

Bungie announced it is releasing the original Marathon Trilogy on Steam for free.

The first Marathon game is now available on Steam as Classic Marathon, while the other two games in the trilogy - Classic Marathon 2 and Classic Marathon Infinity - will be "coming soon."

Read details on the games below:

Classic Marathon

Alien forces have boarded the colony ship UESC Marathon in the Tau Ceti system, in orbit around humanity’s first interstellar colony. The situation is dire, and as a security officer assigned to the Marathon, your duty is to defend the ship and its crew from the alien threat.

This classic 1994 Bungie FPS had a foundational influence on the genre, and is now maintained by the fan community. Experience authentic game play using the original data files, with optional widescreen HUD support, 3D filtering/perspective, positional audio, and 60+ fps interpolation, just in case the original is too authentic.

Classic Marathon is powered by the Aleph One engine, which is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3.

Classic Marathon 2

Fresh from your triumph on the colony ship Marathon, you are seized by the rogue AI Durandal to do his bidding in a distant part of the galaxy. Within the ruins of an ancient civilization, you must seek the remnants of a lost clan and uncover their long-buried secrets. Battle opponents ancient and terrible, with sophisticated weapons and devious strategies, all the while struggling to escape the alien nightmare…

This classic 1995 Bungie FPS is now maintained by the fan community. Experience authentic game play using the original data files, with optional widescreen HUD support, 3D filtering/perspective, positional audio, and 60+ fps interpolation, just in case the original is too authentic.

Classic Marathon 2 is powered by the Aleph One engine, which is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3.

Classic Marathon Infinity

Marathon Infinity takes the closed universe of the Marathon series and blows it wide open. The solo/co-op campaign, “Blood Tides of Lh’owon,” is a 20-level scenario sporting new textures, weapons, and enemies. More than that, the scenario sheds a surprising new light on the story’s characters and the meaning of events. Having defeated the Pfhor and reawakened the ancient remnants of the S’pht, the player now faces a world where friends become enemies and all is not what it seems…

This classic 1996 Bungie FPS is now maintained by the fan community. Experience authentic game play using the original data files, with optional widescreen HUD support, 3D filtering/perspective, positional audio, and 60+ fps interpolation, just in case the original is too authentic.

Marathon Infinity is powered by the Aleph One engine, which is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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4 Comments
LittleCloud (on 12 May 2024)

Bungie isn't responsible for the Steam release. Bungie released the original three games as freeware long ago, including the engine source code. Aleph One is a community effort around modernizing the old engine for modern systems (kinda what GZDoom is for the original DOOM games). The tweet even spells it out that this is a community release. Wonder how the headline got so wrong.

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GymratAmarillo (on 12 May 2024)

The date can't be a coincidence, the level of respect to the fans who maid it possible tells me there is communication with Bungie so I'm guessing we are going to see Marathon at the PS SoP/Showcase and they are getting people ready for the hype. Cool.

This is the last chance for current Bungie to do something, if Destiny last expansion and this don't work bye bye current administration.

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G2ThaUNiT (on 10 May 2024)

I just claimed the first game! Looking forward to checking it out. Only pre-Halo Bungie games I played were the Myth games. Never had a Mac growing up, so it'll be cool to experience OG Bungie in their early FPS days.

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Airaku G2ThaUNiT (on 11 May 2024)

Oni is still my favourite Bungie game as far as single player goes. Really wished we got more of that but unfortunately Take 2 owns a portion of the rights as publishing and threw the Rockstar logo on it. Really hoping Bungie does the new Marathon well and doesn't over do the "live service" crap and focuses on giving us an excellent game.

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