NASA a 'constant source of inspiration' for Bungie

Destiny developer says "We don't speak to NASA, they speak to us" to consult on upcoming game.

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Bungie's relationship with NASA has been a "constant source of inspiration" during the development of upcoming shared-world shooter Destiny. As part of the studio's latest Mail Sack feature, Bungie said it is in awe of the aerospace agency.

"We don't speak to NASA, they speak to us," Bungie said. "We’re pretty star struck, and they continue to be a constant source of inspiration for us."

Dr. Craig Hardgrove, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited Bungie's offices in January. Hardgrove has worked in planetary space exploration since 2004, assisting on the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. He is also a self-professed gamer.

Writing on Twitter this weekend, Hardgrove said, "Just saw the Mail Sack. Here's 1/2 of your wish," with an accompanying link showing a sunset on Mars.

It is not clear what Hardgrove and Bungie discussed during his trip to the developer or what the other half of the developer's wish may be. A Bungie representative was not immediately available to comment on the nature of the NASA-Bungie relationship.

Bungie's Destiny is an all-new universe from the studio that created Halo. It will be published by Activision Blizzard and is expected to ship in 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and potentially Wii U, PC, PlayStation Vita, and the next Xbox.

The game features a number of extraterrestrial locations that NASA would have a refined knowledge of, including Mars and Venus. More information about Destiny is expected to be divulged at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo next month.

Discussion

59 comments
lanasrj
lanasrj

the two coolest occupations in human history collide....

tightwad34
tightwad34

Never even thought about NASA and video games in the same sentence before. I guess it does make some sense of course for sci fi games, but it just seems kind of odd to me. Destiny does look and sound kind of awesome, but I wish it was something other than a shooter.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

"We don't speak to NASA, they speak to us," Bungie said. "We’re pretty star struck, and they continue to be a constant source of inspiration for us." Someone is having a mental breakdown. "I don't speak to God, God speaks to me." That sorta thing. NASA as a huge data on planets, space shuttles, etc but, what does that have to do with anything?  Someone got paid off, really well for this hype.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

That's pretty cool. Involving Sci-fi with real life knowledge is always both entertaining and enlightening at the same time.

Science and fiction have a very close relationship with each other, many of today's inventions and technological advancements are a direct result of inspiration from fictional works like movies and books, and now, it seems video-games are sharing that pool.

I mean, c'mon, who in his life didn't think of building a time machine?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Good combination. Looking forward to Destiny. 

tycho2001
tycho2001

In the mail sack Lorraine McLees, Senior Graphic Designer at Bungie, wanted to know what sunrise and sunset looked like on Mars. The picture I directed her to was of sunset on Mars, so the second half of her wish would be sunrise.  Mystery solved :)

conspirethis
conspirethis

So there will be pyramids on Mars in Destiny?

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

Gamespot, once again I must tell you that the mail sack is NOT A SOURCE OF INFORMATION. You keep trying to make news out of nothing, no wonder people are tired of seeing all these articles about Bungie. It's because you keep spamming stuff they say that ISN'T ACTUAL NEWS. Bungie actually updated their site the other day with a little bit of new information and new concept art on their Destiny page, and yet THIS is what you choose to report on?

kohle36
kohle36

As a bit of a space geek, I'm kinda excited to see how this translates into the other half of my geekdom.

pidow
pidow

Its and intelligent move to go to the source for information and guidance....some one is showing some smarts. NASA is telling them this is the correct way to go about doing things, your way is not correct.  Only a fool would not listen.

Atragon
Atragon

Was that meant to sound so arrogant?? lol!

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

"We don't speak to NASA, they speak to us"

Wow you guys must be so important.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I worked in the GROK lab in college.  We worked in tandem with NASA on the rover and spirit. It was one of the most interesting times in my life.  It also happened to be the time that I was introduced to force-feedback or haptic response.  It's been over a decade and I am still inspired.


What's amazing is everything I learned is still applicable.

monstachruck
monstachruck

NASA is a cont... cont... cont.. constant source of inspiration. :D

erix43
erix43

I'm pretty excited for Bungie doing something new. I do, however, miss you guys in Halo, but I could tell you were getting tired of it. It's all good! Looking forward. 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Really looking forward to this game.  More and more intrigued with every scrap of news....

steelmouth
steelmouth

this is almost like when a movie start and they say its based on true events and you damn well know all over the top action sequences and action are out the door anyhow i have great trust in Bungie as i have just started playing Halo CE: annniversary and boy is it a tonne of fun

Kingfish1982
Kingfish1982

Considering an estimated 90+ percent of the space program is classified, I'm sure the real technologies may actually eclipse what we see in the games.  We live in a naive world where we think what we see in movies and games are fiction, while antimatter weapons are admitted by the Daily Mail and San Fransisco Chronicle for years now.

notlukesfather
notlukesfather

Really weird to read an article referencing your brother-in-law on a game site.

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Title should just say 'Halo a constant source of inspiration for Bungie'  This game will be exactly like Halo, and from what I've seen it looks exactly like Halo ( guns, character models environments ect ) But because it is Bungies massively hyped/anticipated game it will probably get a 9/10 when It will deserve a 6

Adavanter
Adavanter

I loved or liked most of the Halo games. I know Bungie will build a solid near bug free shooter. It's just from the early gameplay videos I can't help but feel it might be to much of the same.

There are as many things I'm worried about as there are exciting in Destiny. I don't think it'll be a day 1 for me. I'm going to wait for reviews on this one... or insanely tempting pre-order exclusives.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

bungie wants for itself to beg for constant funding?

Zoza24
Zoza24

I think NASA should be inspired by ESA, (Europe Space Agency)

And should be open for more brighter ideas by scientists that are actually smarter than them..

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

@Ryuuken27Nobody got paid off, Gamespot's just being stupid desperate for news. Anybody that spends any time on Bungie.net can tell you that the mail sack is not meant for any substantial information of any sort, but Gamespot just thinks it's fun to publish a single sentence as Earth-shattering news.

For this story, the question that received this response was "Does Bungie speak to NASA a lot? You're always keeping us updated with their projects and it seems that you chat quite a bit?" They're just saying they're fans of NASA's work. Gamespot was the one that thought it had some relevance to anything, which it really doesn't.

conspirethis
conspirethis

Specifically around 18 minutes he even makes the comparison of the ring worlds of Halo.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

@tycho2001 That stupid. Unless they're complete idiots. They can just use google to do that.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@brothersinarmsb They are.

Alot of NASA's cooky experiments are inspired by works of fiction.

Do not underestimate the power of fictional writing.

Kingfish1982
Kingfish1982

@steelmouthHalo CE: Anniversary isn't Bungie, it's actually the first Halo game created by 343 Studios, the company created to take over Halo for Bungie.

penpusher
penpusher

@Kingfish1982 where as those of us who know a little about physics can tell you antimatter weaponry doesn't yet exist without relying on the media.

Trust me, anti matter is expensive to produce in even tiny quantities is a pain in the backside to store, if we could make a decent quantity of it without bankrupting a super power we certainly wouldn't be using it for something as throw away as weaponry.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@buffaloblitz85 Why does it look like HALO? Because it's Sci-fi again?

It looks more like Killzone in my eyes.

Would you be happier if they made a generic medieval role playing game?

They like making Sci-fi shooters, what's so wrong with that?

o016945
o016945

@buffaloblitz85 as much as I am not a huge fan of Halo, it still isn't a "6" rated game. As much as I hate CoD, it also isn't a "6" rated game. The quality in both games are quite good, they just don't offer a lot of new concepts to the genre anymore. They...today...can feel a bit uninspired, especially if you've played them all, but regardless of the mechanics built in and the tiredness of them, they still aren't "6" rated games.

khankalili
khankalili

@Zoza24 Has NASA done something or not done something? Or is this just an anti-America thing? Didn't think ESA did very much except launch satalites.

Just asking for information. I am European. Please don't bite my head off ;)


H4num4n
H4num4n

@Kingfish1982  

343 just overhauled the graphics and sound, that's it. Any decent developer could do that. The game is still a bungie game.

penpusher
penpusher

@khankalili Though I understand your point many of those satellites have been making massive scientific breakthrough, so they don't just launch gps.

Zoza24
Zoza24

@khankalili @Zoza24 Im European too, and im not against anyone.

What im telling is that all Space Agencies need to work together..

kohle36
kohle36

@Zoza24 @khankalili The ESA and NASA have done a number of past and ongoing collaborations, a few of which are responsible for some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in the past few decades. Cassini-Huygens and SOHO are among the most high profile, but there have been many others. Not sure what your actual complaint is?

Zoza24
Zoza24

@khankalili @Zoza24  The problem right now is the obsession of money and funding..

And this fucking system..

Just sayin.