Bungie says Destiny can sit alongside Star Wars, Lord of the Rings

COO Pete Parsons says studio wants people to put new series on same shelf as major fantasy and sci-fi franchises, game has potential to surpass impact of Halo.

Bungie is shooting for the stars with its upcoming online shooter Destiny. COO Pete Parsons told GamesIndustry International in an interview that the new fantasy series has the potential to surpass the impact of Halo and sit on people's shelves next to established entertainment juggernauts.

"We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars; we've already seen they do that with Halo," Parsons said. "We were extremely proud of what we achieved with Halo… I'm pretty convinced we are going to do it again with Destiny in a way that maybe even Halo never achieved before."

Parsons said publisher Activision believes in Bungie's vision for Destiny. He said, "these guys know big entertainment as well. They prove it over and over again."

Overall, Parsons said the pieces are in place for Destiny to be able to go head-to-head with almost any other form of entertainment.

"We've always admired people like Pixar, and we are finally in that moment where we have this raw, amazing talent that I think rivals entertainment creators anywhere across any entertainment ever, and Activision is helping us bring that reality to life," Parsons said.

Destiny launches in 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. For more, check out GameSpot's interview with community manager Eric Osborne.

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macejowsk1
macejowsk1

It is better to remain silent and be thought a foo......never mind.

macejowsk1
macejowsk1

FIRST of all, Harry Potter belongs on the Star Wars/Lord of the rings shelf about as much as the Mickey Mouse Club Blu ray edition, Second ......see above.

spaghettialex
spaghettialex

Don't get me wrong, I sodding love Halo, and can't wait for Destiny... but no.

Just no.

Tatts
Tatts

I dislike Ewoks cause i feel that there part in episode 6 was a joke as far as being a strong enough force to defeat the empire forces on endor. I thought it should have been more them being just enough of a inconvience to the empire instead of basically being portrayed as a military power. I just thought they were silly and I have a much stronger love towards better story telling and drama then cheap humor. Thats just me. I mean by older ones was that the story felt great! Love 4 and 5 and majority of 6. with the prequels, i was much older and was getting to that point where i wanted a more mature story and a little bit more adult theme since the fanbase has grown up, maybe the star wars should too since it is in reality a darker tale. But I watched episode 1,2, and 3 and just felt like it was just chalk full of humor and silly child humor. The only part I loved about prequels was Ewan McGreggor and Natalie Portman. I would love to see new star wars movies go away from this story and either be its own story or follow the Knights of the Old Republic series.

Kraken422
Kraken422

As big as Star Wars and LotR? Seriously, don't get cocky kid.


tightwad34
tightwad34

Damn, the game won't be out for another 4 or 5 months or so and your are already saying this. Don't get too cocky because there aren't any good things that come with that. Remain humble and good karma usually work together unlike the other way.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

Halo is high quality sci-fi-/fantasy entertainment, and its universe is deep and interesting.  But the story and characters in Halo vs those in Star Wars, LOTR, and Harry Potter aren't quite comparable.  With Halo, Bungie got maybe 75% of the way to that level.  They're probably closer to the Matrix or Terminator franchises.

Bungie needs to drop the BS ego-hype and deliver at least one game before they make ridiculous statements like this.  I hope Destiny's story is also a lot less confusing and overly-complex than Halo's.

Fighting40
Fighting40

Bungie, we know Halo was magnificent and is held in very high esteem by many gamers. Yes, Master Chief is a legend to halo fans and halo has a great story.

But please, Comparing an unreleased game to Star Wars? Lord of the Rings? Harry Potter?

When I see a couple of BIG movies and books about destiny, then I'll believe you


snxx
snxx

"We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars; we've already seen they do that with Halo"

- wait, what?!?! Are you out of your mind?! Who the hell puts Halo on the "same shelf" as Lord of the Rings? Heck, it can't even be considered close to the level of Harry Potter, how could it even be considered comparable to Lord of the Rings?

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's not coming to PC, so maybe I'll read the book or watch the movie instead, like I've done with Lotr and Star Wars. Assuming there will be a Destiny movie or book, but that's almost a given these days. A franchise ain't nothing without merchandise.

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

In the same league as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings?  We'll be the judge of that.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Big words Bungie. Hope you deliver, but still... All those other franchise grew organically from humble beginnings. No one can ever know what the 'next big thing' will be, or if a series/francise will be loved. That is down to time and if it will catch the public's imagination.

Anarky86
Anarky86

I'm sorry but comparing Halo to a world renowned over 40 years old franchise like Star Wars is a laughing matter. I'm not a SW fanboy, but if you talk to somebody who doesn't own a Xbox or a 360, odds are they don't know what Halo is. Yes Halo is great, but it's like comparing your local amusement park with Disney Land/World. Quality isn't fame, fame isn't quality.Everybody knows George W. Bush....

Atragon
Atragon

No artist has ever declared their own work "great" beforehand. It became great LATER. Setting yourselves up to fail

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Of course they want people to compare the game to the other big name titles.  Nobody comes out of the gate comparing their own work to the world's worst products.

Other than exclusives, this next console form MS doesn't look appealing.  Ever since Halo died at Halo 3, there is nothing left for me.  Anyway, I'll play this on PC if I absolutely have to play it.

If this was the only reason to buy an xbox, I wouldn't.  I still see no reason.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Bungie should be sure that Destiny will deliver because they overdoing it with hyping the game.

It reminds me Diablo 3 hype and marketing and in the end it backfired because game wasnt even close to what Blizzard hyping for.

I hope bungie back up their hype otherwise i see another backfire.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Let's not get ahead of ourselves now, Halo was a 6.5 series to me (being really nice even), of course this looks big and interesting and I'm personally excited about it, but, among LOTR and SW? Nope.

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

huh ? is halo that big?

"We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars; we've already seen they do that with Halo,"

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

Alright Bungie, I love your games and the Halo trilogy has a special place in my heart, but please learn a bit of modesty and not compare your own work to Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. That's for other people to decide, not yourself.

DigiTMPS3
DigiTMPS3

Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch.  And please tell me they are not trying to compare their game to Star Wars.  A movie released in 1977 and has stood the test of time never forgotten after 36 years.  So are they saying in 36 years Destiny is still going to be in my mind similar to Star Wars?

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Well, OK Bungie.  If your game is going to be the one to end all others here's what you'll have to do.  

           For all the mech sim fans out there design a full fledge mech combat sim within this game.  There is space exploration right?  Space combat sim. Now you can go ahead and have us jump to each destination by warping or jumping to light speed or whatever you wanna call it, but for the space sim fans out there you'll need to design an intricate space combat simulation, complete with planets to land on and asteroids to mine. In other words Star Citizen, within this game. There should be nimble fighter craft and large carriers and destroyers available to the player as long as they have the exp. points/money/resources whatever,  to attain them. 

         Each part should feel like it's own game. The mech piloting and combat should feel like MechWarrior, and the space faring should feel like (like I said) Star Citizen or the X Universe or any of the Star Wars space simulations.  Of course the regular on foot combat should be like Battlefield or Halo (pick your poison).  It needs to all seamlessly meld together, like one minute I'm playing "Halo" the next minute when I find a mech (are there any in this game? I don't even know, but they need to be!) I'm playing MechWarrior.  Maybe Hawken would be a better fit for this, but whatever.  There that's basically every genre except for RTS, but Battlefield has touched on that a little bit, and it just needs to be expanded and tweaked.  I guess once a player gets to a certain rank he/she gets the option to look upon the battlefield with a top down view a la Command and Conquer and direct troops, human and A.I. alike.  

     It's unrealistic, it ain't gonna happen, but it needs to.

Dematrix
Dematrix

These guys are serious egotist, I loved halo as a child but these guys are just becoming annoying. Learn some humility you're not gods gift to gaming.

GreySeven
GreySeven

Are they aiming for prequel prestige?  Yeah, then I'll pass.  

xXdraky
xXdraky

Give me a break. Bungie games being as big as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars? Seriously? These guys should take a lap. In no way, shape, or form can this game franchise amount to the immense success that is Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. Your're talking about Tolkien's books and the billion dollar, academy award winning movies that Peter Jackson and George Lucas created. You're talking about a cultural medium that was set for genres in literature as well as film itself. If these guys believe they can get to even a fraction of that success, they are fools.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

HIGHLY DOUBT THIS WILL BE ANYTHING AS GOOD AS STARWARS OR LOTR!! This is all just a marketing ploy.

19James89
19James89

I hope Destiny will come to the Wii U. That would be immense...

Supabul
Supabul

Destiny already looks better 

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

I really hate when people say stuff like this, George Lucas didn't know that Star wars was going to be big, Tolkien didn't know that lord of the rings would be still talked about in twenty years let alone today. J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter to get out of poverty. When you start saying our franchise is going to be as big as any of those you're setting yourself up for failure.

carnivalshow
carnivalshow

Destiny is going to be awesome just from the few min of gameplay i seen i know im going to love this game.

slainta
slainta

Wait a minute. Does Destiny have giant mechs as well?

OurLastCure
OurLastCure

In order to be as successful as LotR or Star Wars, you need to create a universe that spans thousands of years. You need a believable universe in which everything is connected and expandable with tons of lore. You also need a clear villain, something or someone the whole universe is afraid of.

But most important of all: you need that universe to be accessible and unchanged for everyone to enjoy, and that's why Destiny will fail in becoming as big as say Star Wars. Movies and books don't change once they are finished and can always be revisited by anyone, young and old. Granted, George Lucas did some slight revisions to his work, but the story and characters still remained the same for everyone to enjoy decades after its first release.

With MMO type games, the universe is always changing and people who come in late will never be able to experience the events that lead up to whatever is happening at that time. And worse yet, those type of games aren't here to stay with us forever like books and movies. Once the servers are taken down, it's bye bye history. It's because of those reasons MMO games will never be able to be as culturally significant as LotR, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

19James89
19James89

@snxx I'm glad they didn't mention the Hobbit or I would have been angry.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Atragon Artists just make something they themselves appreciate, and only hope that others do when or if they release it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@vaibhavp Perhaps Halo is that big to some Xbox gamers, but far from everyone (gamer or not) have heard of or care about Halo. They're exaggerating quite a bit, all in the good name of marketing.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@thread-of-red It would be ok to say they're aiming for something along the lines of LotR or Star Wars, but to say it might be as big as? That sounds like over confidence to me.

Noonewarrior
Noonewarrior

@OurLastCure Do you know the whole story of destiny? uum no. 1: The setting is earth and you'll be able to explore the solar system and who knows maybe in time you can explore the universe 2: By the sounds of things there will be tons of lore, you'll just have to find it if you want in-depth lore. 2: Who say's there isn't a clear villain, and ontop of that in star-wars there wasn't just one villain there were many.

Tatts
Tatts

@macejowsk1 @Tatts i didn't know ants could somehow raise logs into trees at the right height and crush flimsy Machines, those same logs could be released and instead of crushing them the at-st walkers are gonna trip on them??? lol, could those ants take down same machine as well? look its my opinion, that its a flawed and poorly thought up ending. 

macejowsk1
macejowsk1

@cashx002 @Kraken422 Indeed Star Wars sucks......the life out of uninventive run of the mill tales.  Thanks for playing along, we have some lovely parting gifts for you, Vanna, show cashx002 what he's won.

Noonewarrior
Noonewarrior

@OurLastCure However I do agree on you with the fact that if the servers are taken down thats it, your chances of re-living that game is gone.

macejowsk1
macejowsk1

@Tatts @macejowsk1 Fair enough, though I choose to buy it within the Star Wars giant talking slug universe, it is after all is said and done fiction and fiction boils down to what you're willing to believe.  Casein point, Harry Potter, whose stories break the acceptable level of nonsense at about the 12 year old girl level. 

19James89
19James89

@snxx You summed up my thoughts better than I did, how odd...