You May Never "Finish" Destiny, Bungie Says

"Until you've kicked every ass that plays this game, you haven't finished."

Destiny is a big, big game with loads of activities that will keep you busy for countless hours. That's the message Bungie's community manager David "Deej" Dague tries to get across as part of a recent Best Buy Google Hangout. Asked how many hours of gameplay we can expect from the upcoming title, Deej wouldn't give a specific estimation, but said you're not likely to "finish" the game anytime soon, if you ever do.

"We saw people invest dozens of hours into the beta alone, and that was one destination," Deej said. "These destinations are stitched together with our new tech so that there are so many different locations to visit. Expansive outdoor locations where you can just enjoy your personal vehicle; there are indoor dungeon-type spaces where you can really pick through the bones of our shattered civilization."

"If you're a speed-runner, and all you want to do is blaze through and complete one story mission after one story mission, you're really just scratching the surface" -- Deej

Beyond Earth, players will get to visit planetary destinations like the Moon, Mars, and Venus with all types of ancient civilizations and geographies to explore. In addition, Destiny will offer raid-like Strike missions, which challenge players to team up to complete an objective. Deej said players who zip through Destiny's story missions and don't try other modes will be missing out big time.

"If you're a speed-runner, and all you want to do is blaze through and complete one story mission after one story mission, you're really just scratching the surface, because the Strikes add such an extra level of complexity," he said.

On top of that, Destiny has a competitive multiplayer mode--the Crucible--that you're unlikely to ever truly finish. "And as we said before, [there are] endless amount of hours of fun in the Crucible," Deej said. "Until you've kicked every single ass that plays this game, you haven't finished. And once you have, someone else just bought their first copy. So, fresh meat, Christmas noobs."

Also during the Google Hangout, Deej said players can expect to find out more about Bungie's post-release plans for Destiny this weekend at PAX Prime.

"This is a game that we'll be able to support a lot more aggressively than anything we've ever had out before," he said. "That's one of the things we're actually going to be talking about at our PAX panel; once we get this game up into orbit, how do we keep it there long-term and what sorts of things do we do to refine the game in the ways that we detect needs some refinement?"

Bungie's PAX Prime panel will be held on Sunday, August 31 at 12 noon PDT. GameSpot will have editors on the ground at the show, bringing you news as it happens. For more on PAX Prime, check out GameSpot's hub dedicated to the show.

Destiny launches September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

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

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madrox1001
madrox1001

Hey bungie i finished the story and played your pvp and now have nothing but issues with your error messages so i've taken your crap game back to the game store and swapped it for fifa. Maybe if you guys grew a set and told activision to f off the game would of had better content instead of having to wait for a dlc to piece stuff together. I rate this game 2 out of 10 

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

Hey bungie I already "finished" the game I traded it in at gamestop

lordgaben
lordgaben

This game and it's ten years of DLC and shitty framerates made me decide to skip out of this console generation altogether. I have ascended. 

Bili5
Bili5

You may never finish Destiny because you'll get bored in the first place and dump it in the trash.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

OMG.... SHUT THE F*** UP, BUNGIE!


Your game was short and underwhelming in most ways....  I finished it in a couple days.  All my gameplay since then has just been replaying the same content over and over.


Does Bungie really expect us to accept that daily bounties from different factions, requiring us to replay the same content even more, is considered "more content"?

StOoGiEmEiStEr
StOoGiEmEiStEr

It is possible to finish by collecting every grimoire card, dont underestimate the power of no lifers.

nomadski69
nomadski69

To finish, one has to start. It would appear neither is happening in Nomadski's world as I previously attained an Epic +12 in decision making in not buying this POS attempt at a game.

Vienreich
Vienreich

what finish can there really be in a game where you shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot loot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot loot ? Its just endless grinding

Sajius
Sajius

It's so funny to come back on this article a month after the game's release and laugh at all of the fan boys who were defending a game they knew nothing about and also to see how right everyone was with their disappointment in Destiny.

ryogapower
ryogapower

you cannot finish what is left unfinished more like

Xenro4
Xenro4

I could spend more time on Borderlands 2 than Destiny. Gameplay without meaning is just gameplay.. I'd rather re-play an RPG with a solid story than have a bunch of shooting with no purpose.

kalibore
kalibore

You May Never "Finish" Destiny, Bungie Says

Because we will keep releasing shi**y underwheming DLC (Destiny's Locked Content?) for you to buy *rubs hands*

kalibore
kalibore

You May Never "Finish" Destiny, Bungie Says....

Because you will probably die of boredom by then

CnConrad
CnConrad

It's like saying you may never finish pokemon.

You wont understand the complex intricacy of the game untill you catch all 151 pokemon and level them all to 99. Then beat the elite 4 using each pokemon by its self.

Thai is about as unique and complex as destiny ever gets.

handofkain
handofkain

They forgot to mention that the "loads of activities" include a grindfest and more grinding for random loot lol

simuseb2
simuseb2

Yes. It's an mmo. That tends to happen into mmos. 

No, this isn't a good thing. MMO's are usually lifeless as a result. I'll never finish Destiny simply because I have no reason to ever play it. 

blackothh
blackothh

You wont finish because you get bored and move onto another game?

santinegrete
santinegrete

"If you're a speed-runner, and all you want to do is blaze through and complete one story mission after one story mission, you're really just scratching the surface, because the Strikes add such an extra level of complexity," he said.

It's a surface worth scratching?

digigamerx
digigamerx

Yes, he is right. You may never finish the game. Any why should you, since their going to keep adding on content in the form of DLC's and your going to keep handing over you cash to them time after time after time. After a few years later and spending maybe over a couple of grand yourself in season passes, 'special' content, exclusive content and bonuses and other sort of crap they can think up of, how much time was spent in actually playing a worthwhile game paying once off rather then continuously losing your money. They might have spent $500 million in costs so far, but their thinking short term with add-ons in making that back 10 times over. Way to go Microsoft/Bungie in ripping off naïve gamers.

day2269
day2269

The graphics and game play are amaIng... the story's sucks, is hard to follow, and leaves you with multiple questions. The story modes so short, I feel like I just read one chapter of a 20 chapter book. Now I'm left waiting for the other 19 chapters at 20 bucks a piece.. extremely dissapointed

keithlemon
keithlemon

You may never start Destiny either.

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

People this is why you dont preorder games. Its best to just buy it when it comes out and this way you atleast have a review of the game before waisting your money. I cancled my preorde on voice acting alone. Because at that point i had known they did not invest in a good story. The voice of hhost sounds like he was one of the entry level guys working on this game and not anyone of real talent.

ergonomico
ergonomico

To be interpreted as: " after the BS of 500mln budget for the first chapter we realized the story was shallower then an armenian burger and we need to find lame excuses to not lose our jobs"

Finished destiny in 16 hr. The bungie spokesman really need a reality check...or a good shrink. It helps, i know ;D.

kjadsd96
kjadsd96

Read this, and after playing 3 hours of destiny, i realized there isn't half as much going on unless you include a bunch of side missions you obtain from locators on the planets. The main story missions are sparse and quickly done, and there is only 3 strike missions currently, unless you include the PS4 exclusive content.. There is not a lot of content in this game and this guy is full of shit. Saying you havent beat the game because you havent killed every single person in multiplayer is like saying Jon Jones isn't the true light heavy weight champion  because he hasnt beat every single person out there on the planet. Its a bunch of bullshit.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I finished the internet a while back, I'll finish Destiny also. 

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

Eddy article. Never "Finish"? Really? Quoting one word... hmm...

thekoobas
thekoobas

Sure, because I'll never start. This game look totally lame.

starhowl
starhowl

Mwahahaha more like I may never play it :)

lunchbox2042
lunchbox2042

I'd have to start it in order to finish it and I don't intend to buy or rent it so I guess they're right.

simon1812
simon1812

it sounds understandable. I never finished skyrim, I did play and explored the hell out of it, but I always avoided following the main storyline for fear I might miss something cool :P


then I saw my brother finishing skyrim in his own playtime , so I never felt like finishing it myself.

Fire_Wa11
Fire_Wa11

So, what you're saying is that every time a new player creates an account, that in and of itself is added content?  (/"Bullshit" masquarading as a sneeze.  /"Bullshit" masquerading as a sneeze.)

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

I'll probably wait to pick this up for like $30 in November. Everything I've read about this game lately just seems like damage control filled with buzz words to hide the fact that the games world is pretty small and the story mode is really just a reason to grind for multiplayer weapons and gear instead of a leveling and progression system. I think there are gonna be a lot of disappointed people this time next month.

xmantx
xmantx

You are wrong ..this is a game changer...coop, pvp, story etc...from the guys who brought you COD and Halo...begone you no gaming grommet!

meedokicky
meedokicky

@simon1812 dark brotherhood and Thieves Guild stories were way more interesting than the main story anyway imo. Although going to Sovenguard and defeating Alduin felt epic, but then you go back to Skyrim and it is just business as usual :S

yngsten
yngsten

@Fire_Wa11

It's actually considered ILC "In logged content" for every new player logging on we pay an extra $ 0.001 

xmantx
xmantx

Good luck with that. I'll be enjoying the hell out of this game with friends whilst your broke a$$ waits for the price drop that may take a year.

digigamerx
digigamerx

@krookidwayz  Sorry I meant Activision. Must have been too angry while I was typing it....lol.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@xmantx Not quite a game changer. Co-op and PVP but no story unfortunately.

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

A game changer it did nothing but pick and pull and glue other games together. They could atleast picked a differ quicm teavel than stealing swtors speeder bikes. For a secomd i though i was a stormtrooper. Smh 

thekoobas
thekoobas

@xmantx Yep, precisely, it's a marriage of COD and Halo, which, don't get me wrong, were both fun games, and I enjoyed them thoroughly in the past decade, but which I have also sooo had enough of. The change from Xbox to PS was already a great step. Walking away from Halo and COD feels good too. I am sooo looking forward to some solid shooters comping up in 2015: The Division, Rainbow 6 Siege, Homefront 2. I was looking forward to Destiny, but the beta was sooo dull. I never want to have anything to do with this game. I blame it on being cross platform with the old gen.

Sajius
Sajius

@meedokicky @simon1812 Yeah except all of the guards and people you run into directly reference you defeating Alduin, saving the world, and even say things like "You saved our very souls".

Sajius
Sajius

@xmantx Whatever makes you feel better about your purchase man.

meedokicky
meedokicky

@Sajius @meedokicky @simon1812 I expect them to sit down and think: Wow! we were at the brink of extinction, let's end this civil war and be good to each other for a while.

But no, the civil war just goes on as if nothing.