Bungie hires former MLG pro to work on Destiny

Bonnie "Xena" Burton joins Bungie to work on the upcoming shared-world shooter.

Bungie has hired former MLG pro Bonnie "Xena" Burton to work on the studio's upcoming multiplayer-centric shooter, Destiny. Burton announced the news through Twitter (originally spotted by and Beyond Entertainment), but there's no word yet on what her title is at Bungie or what role she'll play in forging Destiny.

Burton was MLG's first female professional, joining the league at 12 years old, and rising to prominence through Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 tournaments. She was also featured on MTV's True Life and most recently did work for G4TV and Astro Gaming.

Given her proclivity for multiplayer, we'd venture a guess to say she's working on Destiny's multiplayer mode, but this is not confirmed.

Bungie's Destiny launches September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. A beta for the game goes live this summer, first on PlayStation platforms.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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zellatron
zellatron

"working on Destiny's multiplayer mode" Dude, the whole game is multiplayer.

Barighm
Barighm

Meh. I don't like what these so called "pros" do for games. Gamers like to think these guys help create the best multiplayer environments, but it was the work of MLG that led to Halo devolving into a basic "shoot face" shooter. You could see it in the MLG hoppers: slowly and steadily, grenades disappeared from maps, and shoot-face strategies became the primary "IWIN" method. Now we have Halo 4 which is boring as heck. I did appreciate the Big Team maps because they resurrected Halo's vehicles, but I played some Halo 4 recently and I saw most of the vehicles had been removed! I don't understand these people who just want to shoot face all the time.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I'm here purely because I wanted to see a bigger version of that image. I'm partly satisfied.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Xena: Destiny Princess

teller76567
teller76567

I wish i could work for Bungie or some gaming studio...or help not make a crap game that would help turn a game around...But no i'm just no one to every one...

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

She's just going to be a community manager kiddies. Don't get your panties in a bunch.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Lol... Bonnie Burton. Using conventional celeb naming logic, that would shorten to "B-Bur".

zerofrust
zerofrust

Xena eh? I wonder if she does a warcry before taking down her opponents.

grenadehh
grenadehh

Count me out. You can depend on Destiny to now have the opinion of a "pro", someone who got good at the game by being as cheap as possible. Here's a tip to devs: Don't ever consult MLG for any reason, they don't know what makes a good game. That's why they are playing garbage like SC2 and CoD and Gears. 

wookiegr
wookiegr

Destiny is going to be a better Halo than Halo will ever be.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

I don't know much about Xena, but if she doesn't have any dev experience I would've much rather someone who has more experience if they're using her for something like a consultant. There were plenty of Halo pros that played every iteration competitively (Walshy jumps to mind), if she only played in Halo 1 and 2 her opinion could be biased and moot since there's been a lot of change since H2 (and judging from Bungie's work with Destiny so far, its looking to shape up to be a Halo successor and I have no doubt they'll be using elements from Reach among their past work with Halo). But who knows what Bungie is thinking.

And for those saying 'what's MLG', I get that maybe Eddie should've said 'Major League Gaming', but riddle me this - how often do news articles regarding sports say 'National Hockey League' or 'Nation Basketball Association'. MLG has been around long enough that most people who are into gaming should at least be aware of it. I wouldn't be really surprised if the ones who don't know MLG are the same ones who bash esports.

tommynj
tommynj

Just unofficially confirmed. Destiny will have a baseball mini game in space.

wookiegr
wookiegr

They need people to play test all the ridiculous amounts of platforms they are trying to develop for. She's lucky Bungie isn't focused on Next Gen yet.

bernard978
bernard978

I had to Google what MLG was.... oh it's regarding esports :/

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Barighm what does "shoot face" mean? It seems to have a lot of semantic significance in your post but I'm unfamiliar

adub424
adub424

Are you providing subtext for most of the comments on this page?

manicguy
manicguy

@observer98  because X=10 in roman numerals. 10-7=3........ HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!

xantufrog
xantufrog

@grenadehh Did you just say SC2 is garbage? You're referring to StarCraft, right? That shit gets hard - I find it funny to include that game on a list of "games for casuals"

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@grenadehh You can't be "cheap" in Halo 2 MLG.  You're either good or you're not.  MLG knows exactly what makes a good game, that is why all of the games they choose are extremely well put together and popular.

adub424
adub424

It seems to me that by your logic she would be the perfect person to search out those exploits and help prevent them and therefor make a better experience for everyone playing the game. As far as your opinions of those games they sold millions of copies and game millions of gamers fantastic gaming experiences, hence the following of MLG.

ratchet200
ratchet200

@wookiegr Destiny isn't trying to be a better Halo. Halo needs to be a better Halo, not this game.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

@wookiegr That's a bold statement. I'm very much looking forward to Destiny, but it has yet to prove itself. As the other poster pointed out, brand power is at play here - and it would take the videogame equivalent of lightning in a bottle to take down a mega-star like Halo, and no expert or consultant on Earth would be able to predict this.

I just want Destiny to be succesful, like TF was, one step at a time. Then we will see where it stands.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@wookiegr  Halo has something Destiny doesn't. Branding. 


Lemme give you an example. You could release the perfect Zelda copy that has every feature you always wanted in a Zelda except the characters. Still nobody would care. But the moment you slap Nintendo and original characters in there, people would flock to the game.


Same thing with Halo. The Halo universe is established, it's large, it has many books and it's beautiful and unique. But most of all it has a story. Destiny will be like Titanfall with a multiplayer "campaign". I think people will struggle to connect to it because it hasn't made itself a name yet.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

@wookiegr  If Destiny wants to be like Halo, they've got plenty of fundamental changes to make...

teller76567
teller76567

@Draken_Domingo  Lol i think MLG players are over rated and are garbage i would whoop them left and right. But hey i don't be leave in clans or MLG i don't go out of my way to say i'm grate...well right now i am but i am one of thousands that are grate players that don't get the title but i'm fine with that...

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@Draken_Domingo I think Walshy is working on his degree related to making games.  Maybe Xena already graduated with hers.

scottw84
scottw84

@bernard978  in short console players made famous by slow turning opposition, aim assists and slow gameplay.... that's what passes as being a pro these days it seems.

hystavito
hystavito

@xantufrog @Barighm  I don't understand the specifics of the comment and I was never into Halo but I agree on the overall point.  Pro gamers play games in a very specific way with very specific goals and a very narrow focus, and fun is probably not much of a factor if at all.  I really don't think they are a good representation of what most gamers want from a game.


But, like others are saying, she will probably just be given a job that doesn't affect the game design itself much, like community manager or something like that.

teller76567
teller76567

@adub424  Lol yeah i am...not trying to troll at all just wanting to say what is on my mind. One of very few rights i have left as a person...also i'm very late to the party.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Fitcherman @grenadehh  Clearly you've never played Halo 2. The Needler would like to say hello. You're a tool, MLG knows nothing - and the games they play are by no means "Extremely well put together."


God, gamers are the dumbest people in the world.

teller76567
teller76567

@Trickymaster To me halo died after Bungie left and Microsoft made halo 4 was just a sh#t game and they messed up the halo 1 re-make so...i feel as if i am going to give destiny a shot...

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@teller76567 Well, I can certainly say grammar isn't the forefront of your expertise. And I can't really tell if you're trolling, or you're simple arrogant of your own abilities. As @Fitcherman said, pubstars usually get completely stomped going into the competitive scene, for good reason. You're going against people who live and breathe what you're playing. Street Fighter pros, for example, know individual frames including each piece of framedata.

Trust me, I think I'm a good CSGO player, but I'd never stand a chance against anyone from a North American 'pro' team - and they're almost nothing compared to the European teams.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@teller76567 @Draken_Domingo Overrated and garbage?  lol they would crush you man.  Neighborhood legends and internet warriors go to those tournaments all the time and get bounced in the first round.  These people are extremely talented and very serious about their games.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@Fitcherman Could be, and I'd be all for if she was being hired as an actual designer, because I think it'd help the multiplayer greatly to have someone who has competitive experience coding for it. I just hope she's not a consultant; she definitely wouldn't be my first pick.

It'd be like picking IdrA over Scarlett to be a consultant for the next Starcraft expansion.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Draken_Domingo @teller76567 @Fitcherman  Knowing the frames isn't called being good, it's called being a little bitch. That's the only way to be "pro" at fighting games and it has nothing to do with actual skill - just frames. If the only way you can win is to literally memorize everything that could possibly happen, that isn't a show of ability.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Fitcherman @teller76567 @Draken_Domingo  MLG players are overrated garbage. There's nothing "pro" about them. Amd rofl, neighborhood legends and internet warriors. No they don't. One on one, no, and against an actual clan that plays together, they'd be obliterated.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@Fitcherman Couldn't agree more man, it'd be awesome if they can capture that flair again with Destiny.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@Draken_Domingo @Fitcherman The more Halo pros they hire, the happier I am.  I just want this multiplayer to resemble old competitive Halo multiplayer as much as possible.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@scottw84 @Draken_Domingo Pandered to casuals?  Halo CE, Halo 2, and Halo 3 were the flagship games of the MLG Circuit 2004-2010.  The CURRENT Halo 4 panders to casuals, and that is why it is no longer popular, but maybe you are just mixing up your games.

scottw84
scottw84


@Draken_Domingo @scottw84 Halo was a slow large hit boxed shooter that pandered to casuals, nothing more. If you don't agree with me that's your choice, that is my opinion of it.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@scottw84 Just an fyi, Quake players used to say the exact same thing to CS players back in the day. 'Stick the CS babies in Quake and see how well they do!'. Halo is a good, competitive shooter for its platform. Just because you don't like it, doesn't change the fact that there are some deeper elements to playing Halo competitive, just like there is with 1.6, or Quake, or just about any other strong competitive shooter. Would she get her ass kicked? Maybe. But would you beat her in Halo? Simply put, no.

scottw84
scottw84

@Fitcherman @scottw84 @shingui5 @bernard978  No she didn't :) she's what? 21? she was 5-6 when Quake III came out and she wasn't even 10 when it started to decline in popularity and got famous with Halo when she was 12, there was no in between. People who play Halo enjoy monumentally slow gameplay, it's sad that you young generation simply don't understand the difference between older games and new games :) the speed of play differences are huge. Compare any modern FPS to Quake III or CS1.6, go on, go to youtube and find some videos to compare, older gamers were lights ahead of what passes as a Pro today.

scottw84
scottw84

@shingui5 @scottw84 @bernard978  She likely would because I don't play crap they call FPS these days, stick her in CS1.6 Quake III 10 years ago and i'd rip her a new hole.