Bungie: We're not resting on our laurels with Destiny

Developer says it is not overly confident due to success of Halo, teases "interesting plans" for Bungie.net.

The Halo series Bungie created is one of the most well-known franchises in gaming. It has sold millions of copies and its fans reach the world over. Despite this success, Bungie does not believe it will be blinded by its past accomplishments for its all-new Destiny franchise.

"It's important to take pride in one's work, and we do, but I don't see anyone here resting on their laurels," Bungie explained as part of its latest Mail Sack. "The ancients are hell-bent on outdoing themselves. The newbies are possessed with a hunger to prove that they truly deserve to keep the company into which they’ve been invited."

"The bar gets raised every time Bungie ships a game," the comment goes on. "It's been said that the fall could kill you. You’ll be the judges of our vault."

Bungie also gave some specifics about what kinds of features and services players can expect from Bungie.net for Destiny. The developer said its core Halo-era ambitions for the service have not changed, meaning players will be able to track statistics, communicate with other games, and even speak with developers at Bungie through the platform.

"Bungie.net was designed to provide the players of Halo with a bunch of ways to extend and share their experiences. Those priorities won’t change with Destiny," Bungie said. "It'll be a great place to maintain a relationship with the people who are making this game, with the other people who are playing this game, and even with yourself as a character in this game."

The developer also teased some "interesting plans" for "how you can take that experience with you, wherever you go."

"If armed with the right gadgets, no matter where life finds you, the world of Destiny will be very close--at your fingertips, even," the developer said.

Bungie already has a dedicated Bungie Mobile application, currently available for Android and iOS devices as a free download.

Destiny is the first project in Bungie's ten-year publishing partnership with Call of Duty publisher Activision. The project is described as a "shared-world shooter."

The game is currently in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, though Bungie's own preorder page suggests the game is also coming to Wii U, PC, PlayStation Vita, and the Xbox 720.

For more on Destiny, check out GameSpot's interview with design director Joe Staten and art director Christopher Barrett.

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insanem0nk
insanem0nk

more hyping up their game without anything to show for it lol....boring.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, they say more clichés and sayings than people in sports.

spindie
spindie

If this game really comes out on PC (and is properly ported/optimized) this might be my new obsession

steelmouth
steelmouth

if Destiny turns out to be a COD killer a lot of people are going to be pissed that its also an Activision game, so all our gaming money still goes to Activision and other purblishers are still not making money and may close any time

red666devil
red666devil

The only thing they are missing is a partnership with EA for DLC purchases.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Diablo 3 and Blizzard like this article.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

As much as I like FPS games, I think this would be better as a third person shooter, especially if there's character customization. But that's just me...

zpluffy
zpluffy

Their Destiny is about to go down

bmart970
bmart970

I'm really looking forward to this.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

so this game are coming for ps vita ? or it's just a typo?

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

It's cloudy talk. They have nothing interesting to say except how they like to feather their big egos. "Halo raises the bar." Yeah, and santa claus delivers presents all around the world, as long we're talking nonsense. They're hiding way too much technical stuff about the game, my hype sensors are going crazy! 

hadlee73
hadlee73

Well they sure love to talk about it. :P

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

It'll be interesting to see what comes of the Vita version if there is one.  Though, I still need to see more gameplay before getting excited for this game.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I hope they dive into more gameplay and combat mechanics info at E3.

oflow
oflow

world of warhammer 40k craft.

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

In other words, they're going to milk the shit out of it just like hey did Halo.

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

i have faith in bungie for the simple fact that when they first came out with halo a lot of people doubted it would become a success and now decades later they sold millions if not billions of copies so i do have faith in them for at least trying something out of the norm, which i think a lot of companies should think about doing for next gen IMO something new

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Not impressed. The last thing they'll talk about is gameplay but I'd bet a dollar it will be more of the same. Room clearing, room clearing and more room clearing. All that money, time and talent all we'll get for it is more house cleaning. Where are the dreamers of the dreams?

experience_fade
experience_fade

I honestly haven't been more excited about a game in a long time.

Destiny is gonna be huge. GOTY candidate unquestionably.

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

Bungie: We're not resting on our laurels with Destiny

 But we still dont know what to do with our hands either!

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

i am not excited about online direction, but i do want to check out bungie newest game.

HomieHesAKlown
HomieHesAKlown

What's funny is most of the original Bungie team left and made their own company. M$ owns Bungie.


But I guess most people are ignorant about that and is why these types of articles can still be posted and seen as legit.

"Despite this success, Bungie does not believe it will be blinded by its past accomplishments for its all-new Destiny franchise."

Yeah ummmmm ok^

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

Bungie.net forums update. Terrible looking interface.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

To bad that the game is MMO. :( If it was not an MMO i may gave it a chance

GTAKing11
GTAKing11

Good on Bungie. Putting a historical series to sleep. Not destroying the name that its made for itself and creating a new title.

Hint hint, every other game developer in the world. 


VastGameMaster
VastGameMaster

That's very good that Bungie wants to improve them selfs, I'm still interested in seeing more of the game soon.

unreal101
unreal101

More non-news from Bungie... come on, people, we want to see the game, not your business strategy.

kvan33
kvan33

Halo was good back in the day, but that was before everyone did multiplayer as well.   Honestly, I've always thought Bungie was overrated, but I'll keep an open mind until I see Destiny and know for sure...one way or the other.

erix43
erix43

@steelmouth 

Yes, they are a business. Don't buy if you don't like. Case closed. 

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@XNEXUS666X I don't think anyone can say whether it would be better in first or third person, since we haven't actually seen a lot of gameplay. But I would agree with you, judging from the idea of the game.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@acelogan1989 seeing as they couldnt do an open world lego batman i dont see how but i sure hope so.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

@Monsta1217 What the hell are you talking about? When Bungie first showed Halo for the Mac, it was a big success from the get go. People were hyped after seen the Alpha previous for the xbox.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@Redsyrup Aren't all shooters like that? Sure, you've got some open world games, but they ask you to clear out selected areas, rather than rooms.

But yeah, I see your point. We do need innovation in gameplay right about now, as room clearing is overwhelming us.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@experience_fade GOTY candidate "unquestionably"? That's quite a bold statement for a game we know almost nothing about.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@HomieHesAKlown I see that you are confused. Bungie left Microsoft. During that time, some Bungie employees left Bungie to make a new company named 343 Industries, owned by Microsoft. But the original Bungie employees are still at Bungie.

No, the original Bungie team did NOT leave and make their own company. No, Microsoft does NOT own Bungie. They own 343 Industries.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@Simplythebest12According to Bungie, this is a "shared world shooter" (Think of it like Journey, where you meet up with random players while playing.) but with MMO elements. So technically, it isn't an MMO, but a first person shooter with some of the features that an MMO has.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@GTAKing11 well unfortunately when MS aquired them back in the day them bought the halo liscense. so bungie cant make halo games with out MS concent.

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

@unreal101 This wasn't supposed to be "news" of any sort, it's just a blog to keep in touch with the community. The Mail Sack is supposed to be for fans to ask questions about the people at Bungie and the culture of the company. But now that Destiny has been revealed 95% of the questions are about Destiny because everyone is too damn impatient to wait for E3 for news.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@kvan33 "Halo was good back in the day, but that was before everyone did multiplayer as well"

i havnt enjoyed a halo game since 3 but credit where credits due Halo pretty much launched console multiplayer shooters and without it i dont think the xbox would be anywhere near as successful

on the gameplay itself before halo you had to find health packs if you were hurt and could carry an armourys worth of weapons halo was one of the first shooters i ever played with regenerating health/shields and the 2 weapon carrying system which pretty much every major shooter now uses

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

@Ryuuken27 @Monsta1217 PEOPLE SAID IT WAS DOOMED TO FAIL AND THEN THERE WHERE THOSE WHO PRAISED THE GAME SO YES SOME PEOPLE DIDNT THINK THE GAME WOULD SURVIVE UNTIL THEY PAIRED WITH MICROSOFT

Hurvl
Hurvl

@UncookedMoa I'm more interested in shooters that say "go from A to B" and gives you a number of possible ways to do so, but they're most often not pure shooters. I call them Deus Ex-type games.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@sladakrobot @Shango4 Activision has no control in the development of Destiny. They do not own Bungie and are only in a partnership where Activision will simply just distribute the game and cannot change the decisions Bungie makes with the game.

Meanwhile Microsoft used to own Bungie and can control what they do with Halo.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@Redsyrup @SirNormanislost @kvan33 dont forget about the AI. as before halo all you had was foward advancing bullet sponges. halo was the first game were enemies actively tried to flank, you avoid damage after they lost shields, and dive away from grenades. they also tried to take you with them if they got hit witth a sticky grenade. alot of this is still not done in shooters.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@SirNormanislost @Redsyrup @kvan33 It's all a matter of opinion. Personally, I like the 2 weapon system. I enjoyed the 2 weapon system that BioShock Infinite used and really felt like it fit in well. 

But I really can't imagine Half-Life 2 and the original BioShock with a 2 weapon system actually working well. It all depends on the game and the player's opinion. It either works, or it doesn't.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Redsyrup @SirNormanislost @kvan33 well i never said improvements this is more what bungie brought to the FPS genre personally i feel the 2 gun system makes your choice of guns more strategic

but you are right those arent always improvements for example i was a little dissapointed that bioshock infinite used the 2 gun system and that BF3 had health regen