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Bungie: Destiny's sci-fi fantasy setting "gave us this freedom"

By Mike Williams

Bungie: Destiny's sci-fi fantasy setting "gave us this freedom"

Mon 18 Mar 2013 8:59pm GMT / 4:59pm EDT / 1:59pm PDT

Bungie design director explains why Destiny is mixing genres

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It took Bungie years of pre-production before the company decided on the "mythic science fiction" theme found in the studio's upcoming title, Destiny. According to Bungie design director Joseph Staten, the theme gives the studio "freedom" to play around with genre conventions.

"We thought of a good handful of other genres as well," Staten told the Official Xbox Magazine. "We've had a pretty long pre-production period and we explored everything from straight-up fantasy to something a little bit more modern to many, many other things as well."

"Ultimately we gravitated towards this mix of science fiction and fantasy because it gave us this freedom," said Staten. "You saw small things like the prevalence of cloth in the game, a lot of characters have capes or cloaks and the combatants have cloth as well. Fantasy brings us this texture that we can wrap around sci-fi, which is really appealing, especially if you're an artist who's just been stuck making straight up space armor for ten years. A bit of cloth is very refreshing."

"[Technical director Chris Butcher] called it 'mythic science fiction' and I think that's a great way to think about it," he added.

Destiny is currently expected for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and the next-generation Xbox

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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"Destiny is currently expected for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and the next-generation Xbox"

What's stopping this game from being ported to the Wii U as well? There's already over a million users (3M Global) as opposed to zero on the NEXTBOX and PS4. Or is Nintendo being hush-hush about it?

Posted:3 years ago


David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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is Nintendo being hush-hush about it?
I doubt it - if it was going to be announced, Activision and Bungie probably would have mentioned it at the grand reveal. As for why not on Wii U, you'd have to ask Activision/Bungie, but a general reason might be that they see their audience more on Sony and Microsoft's system's as compared to Nintendo's system.

Posted:3 years ago


Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions

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I love what bungie are doing with destiny, its probably the game im most excited for right now but science-fantasy is already a defined genre.
Star wars being a prime example.

Posted:3 years ago


James Berg Games User Researcher, EA Canada

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WiiU would be a substantial dev investment - it's not as clean a port as PS3/Xbox concurrent development. Could do some cool stuff there though.

Posted:3 years ago


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