Bungie's Destiny won't feature animal mounts

"We knew that PETA would go absolutely berserk," developer says; studio also discusses The Companion second-screen app.

Destiny, the all-new multiplatform game from Halo creator Bungie, will not feature animal mounts, the studio has revealed.

"We considered animal mounts, but the weight-load of the Titan’s heavy armor kept breaking their backs, and we knew that PETA would go absolutely berserk," Bungie said as part of its latest Weekly Update feature.

PETA is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The organization has previously spoken out about the treatment of animals in video games by creating Flash game parodies of titles like Super Meat Boy, Pokemon, and Mario.

Animal mounts are not completely foreign to sci-fi experiences, as Star Wars fans will undoubtedly recall that franchise's extended use of such mounts. Like Halo before it, however, Destiny players can expect to find a host of standard vehicles to ride and attack enemies from.

Also in the Bungie Weekly Update post, the studio said Destiny--like many other titles before it--will have second-screen functionality available to players. The Companion, as Bungie calls it, will eventually be accessible through the official Bungie Mobile App, available today on iOS and Android.

Bungie did not provide any details regarding what kinds of experiences Destiny players will find through The Companion. Second-screen experiences are becoming more and more commonplace and typically afford users a variety of features, including inventory management or the ability to learn more about the virtual world around them.

Destiny launches for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on September 9. A beta for the game will be available this summer first on PlayStation platforms. Preordering the game will guarantee you access to the pre-release trial period.

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136 comments
hikaruai
hikaruai

"This was clearly a joke, terrible journalism..."

Modding, because you were called out on your incompetence?  If you don't want to be criticized for doing terrible work then do better at your work

vadagar1
vadagar1

PFFFFFFFFFFFF why would i want an animal mount in a game where space ships are as common as bikes

deadpen
deadpen

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

RevLux
RevLux

PETA doesn't seem to mind real humans riding real horses so I somehow doubt they'd be upset about digital men mounting nonexistent life form. Wait, that came out wrong...

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

Alright so I'm vegan and have no problem with violence against animals in video games. Just like I'm a functioning member of society who doesn't steal or kill people, but still does these things in video games. The whole point is that it's a virtual reality and that what happens inside doesn't actually take place in the real world, that's why games are fun. 

deth420
deth420

What no mounts!? This game is gonna be garbage...

hikaruai
hikaruai

This was clearly a joke, terrible journalism...

Pupchu
Pupchu

"We considered animal mounts, but the weight-load of the Titan’s heavy armor kept breaking their backs, and we knew that PETA would go absolutely berserk," Titan's heavy armor kept breaking their backs?! How does digital animals break their back? Was this tested on real animals?

strikeTact
strikeTact

I really hope PETA doesn't care about video games considering video games aren't real.  I think if it did affect people then all the murdering humans in games would be a bigger problem.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Why not making animal looking robotic mounts?

cboye18
cboye18

We considered animal mounts, but the weight-load of the Titan’s heavy armor kept breaking their backs, and we knew that PETA would go absolutely berserk,"


What kind of excuse for a video game is this?

foxrock66
foxrock66

This article is just one giant face palm. Bungie was making a joke, Eddie. Good lord. I swear 90% of the stories here are nothing but bait 'n switch garbage 

StHapns247
StHapns247

I like how Eddie took this joke comment and turned it into an actual, seemingly hard-hitting news story. This is the beauty of his journalism.

ghost59
ghost59

time to make a video game, inspired by  star wars and  lord of the rings. 

add animal mounts  and sword. as well as guns. 

ghost59
ghost59

what i cant  ride a space tiger  in the jungle of venus ? 

C-THREE
C-THREE

ooookaaaay! I wasn't even expecting animal mounts on this game so what's the big deal?

simonbarfod
simonbarfod

I have no problem with this, I would only find it ridiculous to have animal mounts. There is too far between Air dropping from my spaceship, and following up by mounting an animal mount, for it not to be ridiculous. And what about all the planets without air for the mount to breath? It would then have to wear a  helmet and a suit, and at that point it would seriously be much simpler for a guardian to just get a speeder bike... but it will probably be in future DLC ;) jk.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

It would have been cool to have an alien mount like the Krootox allied to the Tau in Warhammer 40K. 

Also, I know this is supposed to be a joke, but PETA really do whine about alot of pointless stuff like whailing in Assasins Creed. Erm, A: it's a video game, and B: that's history for you!

Go do something useful like stopping the slaughter of Orangutans in Borneo or Shark Finning. 

sumoman23
sumoman23

Eddie has struck again with an article that is used for the sole purpose of getting attention.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Oh I get it now.  At first glance I thought the issue was beastiality in a video game.

thekorican
thekorican

It's so sad that this game is not coming to PC.  I think it's a perfect fit for the PC community.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@thread-of-red I know, I've been vegan for 21 years and when I heard about the AC4 whaling thing, I even thought that was retarded. Campaigning against the mistreatment of fantasy creatures is extremely over sensitive, not to mention pure insanity.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@thread-of-red

I guess everyone could say the same about everything. I can imagine gun owners saying that guns don't kill people, people do. And, naturally, it looks logical if we don't give it any thoughts. Technically speaking gun owners are more likely to shoot themselves, which has a nice little irony to it, than to kill any imaginary 'baddies'. Or have their kids shoot themselves, their friends, their parents or their classmates than any imaginary 'baddies'. And if we push the absurd to its limits: why not sell atomic bombs to anyone who wants and can afford one? After all it's not the bombs that kill people, it's the guy pushing the button. Then we'll wait and see what happens.

You may not kill anyone in reality which is, of course, the thing to do. Video games don't push people to become murderers, nor movies, novels, music and so on... But the constant exposure to violent games, movies and so on has, whether we like it or not, an effect: it substantially increase our indifference to real world violence. Naturally being in an imaginary fight is not the same as being in a real one but what changes is the threshold to which we tolerate violence we see and hear not directed against us, not to mention our own aggressiveness against little life frustrations, even if we don't come out of our cars and beat everyone who cuts in front of us or gave us a finger.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Pupchu  They should totally test this out on real animals to find out if backs will be broken...

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

@Printul_Noptii if some guy today hunts a whale with pointy sticks and a rowboat, he can keep the fucking whale 

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@strikeTact

"...the murdering humans in games would be a bigger problem"

Don't you think the murdering humans in games are a problem? It has been shown that the heavy exposure to video games increases indifference to real world violence. Now I know that some gamers don't like the thought that games has consequences. Just try to remove any drug from anyone addicted to one: whether it's cigarette, alcohol, anti-depressants, street drugs or whatever. Results are the same: it's never what they are addicted to that is the problem.

FadeToBlack90
FadeToBlack90

@cboye18  errr...can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...you do realize that Bungie was just making a joke right?

RevLux
RevLux

@foxrock66 Unfortunately the most important thing is getting clicks instead of journalistic integrity. (okay, maybe I'm being a bit melodramatic but you know what I mean.)

RevLux
RevLux

@StHapns247 "I'm not saying Eddie is an alien...but he's an alien." Sorry, couldn't resist after seeing your pic.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@ghost59  PETA believes too strongly in the rights of space tigers to thrive in the jungles of Venus freely and un-disturbed. 

razeak
razeak

@SpicaAntares @thread-of-redThe baddie that attacked me in my home wasn't imaginary. People do get attacked in their homes. What is imaginary about that? Just look at the news. It's not a fun experience to have some meth mouth in your house in the middle of the night when you have your wife and two kids in the bedroom. Your views are your own, but please don't think some of us haven't lived through such terrible experiences.

Owning a gun shouldn't make one less of a human being in regard to the "which has a nice little irony to it" comment. What doe that say about you as a person if you take satisfaction in people maiming or killing themselves? How does that jive with your overall point? It doesn't.

Mine are in a safe and a biometric box and are a dire threat to small squares of paper.

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

@SpicaAntares @thread-of-red  Alright I think you've stretched this way out of context to make your own point about something entirely different. "I guess everyone could say the same about everything". No they can't actually. I'm talking actions taking place in a virtual reality, not real life gun control or atomic bombs. I'm really not grasping how the entire first paragraph relates to my comment. 


So your overall point is that consistently being exposed to violence increases our threshold to how much we can tolerate. Tolerate as in we accept it more as a daily part of life or we can handle seeing it better? I think you're right if what you mean is that we can handle seeing violence better but in no way would I ever tolerate violence if I have the chance to stop it or any other immoral action that I can change, hence being vegan. Is this what you meant?

strikeTact
strikeTact

@SpicaAntares @strikeTact  Ya I know about simulations helping train our troops has been much more effective.  At one point it was a problem in our military where many soldiers admitted they would intentionally miss shots, simulations and games have helped increase effectiveness.  


BUT when not involved in war I don't believe that video games deserve as much blame or any compared to lack of education and other forms of media.

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

@SpicaAntares @strikeTact  Alright now I see you for what you are. Please go read psychological studies on people who play video games before making ridiculous accusations. 

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@razeak @SpicaAntares@thread-of-red

If your story is true, and I say *if* (because we're all aware of how much gun owners become ostrichs when it comes to their guns), being stolen in one's home is extremely rare (while owning guns is not). So *if* your story is true lets ask ourselves this: *if* in the night, people came to your house and *if* you had the time to wake up, dress and go see who it is, and *if* you had the time to identify them as thieves, and *if* you had the time to go to your safe, and *if* you got your gun before they notice something, what would you do? Chase them away, start a firefight with them, try to kill them as fast as you could?

So let's say you do any of those things and end up killing someone. Do you think the value of a human being is less than any of the *things* in your house? Or maybe you're thinking: it's not the *things* I'm saving, it's my family. Are you saving your wife, or your kids, from the trauma of a murder in your house? Or maybe that's the lesson you want them to learn: it's alright killing someone if he's stealing a *thing* from you?

But lets say that more appropriately you are missing this great Batman show-off. You're trying to get to get a gun, may even put your hand on one, but  instead of you shooting them you're the one getting shot. How will you *save* your family then? Maybe, because you forced a firefight, they wont want witnesses and so on...

All that so you can keep ownership of *things*.... great.

Now I know people don't like to ear those things and I know how much they are influenced by reality TV, news coverage of every little crimes journalists get excited by, stories they like to tell between themselves and so on... but even if movies and everything try to divide people into black and white: good guys on one side, bads on the other, reality is never that simple and, furthermore, people change over time. Anyone can change for the better or for the worst, even you, me and everyone you know. Life, and the choices we make, pushes us one way or the other and, sometime with a great will or bad luck, you end in one direction instead of another.

So I'm back to the beginning: will you kill someone who, like you and me, can change for the better or worst over time? Or will you keep yourself to a black and white world were: I'm the good guy and he's the bad guy, and it's alright we protect private ownership?


SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@thread-of-red @SpicaAntares

"I think you're right if what you mean is that we can handle seeing violence better but in no way would I ever tolerate violence if I have the chance to stop it or any other immoral action that I can change, hence being vegan. Is this what you meant?"

Nothing more and I applaud you for being a vegan and having principles.