Destiny Writer Quits Bungie to Work On Game of Thrones at Telltale

Veteran industry writer Joshua Rubin leaves ahead of the game's release next month.

Joshua Rubin, who spent two years at Bungie writing the story for the upcoming shooter Destiny, has quit the studio to take a job at Telltale Games where he will work on the developer's Game of Thrones episodic series. Rubin announced the news on Twitter, saying he's excited by the challenge of writing a Game of Thrones story that is on par--or better--than what fans found in the HBO TV show.

"[Game of Thrones TV show writers David Benioff and Daniel Weiss] have set an incredibly high standard for writing," Rubin said on Twitter. "I'm inspired by their work every season. I'm gonna have to up my game!"

"It's a privilege to be working on Telltale's Game of Thrones," he added. "I am such a massive fan of the HBO show!"

Prior to joining Bungie in March 2012 to work on Destiny, Rubin spent one year each at Visceral Games and Capcom where he wrote for unannounced projects. Rubin is not the first high-profile creative designer to leave Bungie this year. Joseph Staten, who co-created the entire Destiny universe, left Bungie in September 2013, and has since joined Microsoft for an unannounced project.

Rubin leaves Bungie less than a month before Destiny's release date, September 9, but it's not likely a major concern for the project, as writing work is handled early in the development process. Plus, it sounds like Bungie already has story details locked down for Destiny's DLC.

The first installment in Telltale Games' Game of Thrones series will be released later this year. The developer recently wrapped up the first season of The Wolf Among Us and is working on the second season of The Walking Dead (and a third), as well as Tales from the Borderlands.

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

Wait - Destiny has a story? Oh, so that was that thing I dozed off to during the beta.

lilflipp
lilflipp

Ouh this is nice, I wonder if they're going to base it on the books or the show.


I don't mind some changes, mostly appearance changes. Tyrion not having a nose and looking like a monster, Jon's eye color, Jorah being fugly, the throne not being gigantic and stuff like that.


Other things do bother me though, like the way the White Walkers are portrayed in the series, they're basically zombies. In the books they're like completely different. Almost elvish like, beautiful, gracious frozen elves.

Little Finger in the books is way different. In the show, no one trust Little Finger. In the books, he's still a terrible person but everyone loves and trusts him though.

And Strong Belwas being cut from the show annoyed me. Why would you cut a huge cage fighting slave eunuch from the show. Why?!

Ha2e
Ha2e

So far that Destiny story was mighty unimpressive, Im hoping the rest of the game redeems it.

drysprocket
drysprocket

Destiny had a writer?? After 10 hours of the Beta....I was willing to bet there wasn't one.

lewser5
lewser5

He saw a good opportunity to try something new and he took it, that's all.

RobDev
RobDev

or to put it another way, writers current project ends, moves onto another one. 

xcollector
xcollector

Maybe he had enough of Activision.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

hopefully this doesn't ruin the dlc content we will be getting for 10 years.

oflow
oflow

please dont suck.

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

Whilst the books are amazing in their own regards, I hope the game follows the TV show and changes some of the content for favour of progressing or differentiating the story to make it more impactful. I know some fans of the book are still b*tthurt over the TV show but George RR Martin approves and so do I (also millions of other viewers).

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

Hope Telltale will make Game Of Thrones  good since I haven't watched the show before. 

PHOENIXZERO
PHOENIXZERO

"David Benioff and Daniel Weiss] have set an incredibly high standard for writing,"

Most the scenes they've created for the show that wasn't from the books begs to differ.

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

Sad to see but hopefully he'll do well. Interactive movie or not.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

Telltale Games has yet to impress me with even one game. You can't just "spin off" of an amazing story and expect your story to be amazing. It's a totally lazy way of writing. 

"I don't want to come up with a world of my own so I'll just copy lore from somebody else and write another story from that." 

If I was interested in that I would just spend my whole time reading junk on these "fan-fiction" websites, lol! I don't know...maybe Telltale made it work just because everyone loves The Walking Dead. But this genre of "interactive movie garbage" (as the guy said below) is just a fad that will soon pass.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

I won't be buying this interactive movie garbage.

McGregor
McGregor

I'm pretty sure this isn't that big of a deal. Destiny has to be done in order for it to ship on time. The writer just moved on to something else, pretty standard for this industry.

theoldgods
theoldgods

Destiny is complete and utter piles of crap compared to GOT. 

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

TV-based episodic game?  I wish him the best, but I honestly don't expect anything to come out of this.  The only way the combo could have been worse was to be FTP MMO.  He needs to do something new to make it interesting.  What is he going to do?  Kill off all the unimportant characters as well?

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I'm excited for their Game of Thrones game, yet utterly indifferent to their Borderlands game

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Great writers are hard find and even harder to keep!

Good luck to Joshua Rubin on the new project.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@RobDev I don't think all the writing job on Destiny is done already

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Thesuperstar2k the game will tell different story set in Game of thrones universe - so these experiences are not interchangeable

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

@smokeless_0225
"Interactive movie garbage" is just another name for old-school adventure games, aka a genre thats been around for 30years

verk81
verk81

you'recrazy, walking dead is almost flawless and wolf among us is a great game as well. Back to the future was ok and Jurassic park sucked but I chalk that up to beginners pains.

darkrayne
darkrayne

@smokeless_0225  There's room for all kinds of games. I like my deep games.. sometimes I like a linear game.. sometimes a like a stats game.. sometimes I want a sandbox.. and, sometimes, I want to just relax and take part in a decent story. The walking dead game from telltale was amazing and gave me just that. It wasn't a cash in, it would follow the same story and characters if that was the case. Other than the title it had pretty much nothing to do with the series. It's not a fad, these are the best adventure games you can get now since the adventure genre has been pulled down to low budget and usually indie games. There was a reason this genre was one of the most popular for over 10 years.


I, and others like me, are complete proof that you're totally wrong. Fine if it's not your thing but don't act like it's some kind of trick only you have caught onto.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@theoldgods 

What is he a fanboy of exactly. Games? If that's the case...call me a video game "fanboy" as well. To me, the guy was just pointing out the lack of interest he, personally, has for a interactive movie that likes to call itself a game. In fact...if you are defending it with such bias...then WHO is really the "fanboy"?

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

@theoldgods You're comparing a tv show to a video game, how dumb are you? If you're saying tell tales games are better than Destiny, than you are truly stupid. Telltales games aren't really games.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

@gajbutler Agreed. That interactive movie garbage is destined to fail. Destiny will destroy any movie game Telltales releases.

RobDev
RobDev

@mr_nee @RobDev even if it;s not (which it probably is) this guy's not "quitting" as much as he's moving onto his next job. In the article it stated he's spent a year each at two other companies. but the headline "Writer finishes one job and moves onto the next" doesn't generate as many clicks as "writer quits"

theoldgods
theoldgods

@DesertEaglex24 @theoldgods Actually you are dumb. Also GOT has games herp derp.

oflow
oflow

@DesertEaglex24 apples to oranges.  This game is going to be like the Walking Dead game, Destiny is a shooter mmo lite.

Gwarpup
Gwarpup

@ecter1216 @Weaponn_X @Thesuperstar2k Overhyped compared to what?  over half a million reviews on IMDB at 9.5 avg.  How is that overhyped?  Also #1 downloads on Utorrent, this isn't just hype marketing buzz.  Maybe you just don't resonate with much of the population.  Who are you to say something doesn't deserve the praise?

Weaponn_X
Weaponn_X

@theoldgods The GOT show is amazing, but the GOT game was utter crap and insulting to the show.

wootasifwoot
wootasifwoot

Care to explain how? (The got part, not a fan of twd)