Attack of the Fanboy

Bungie responds to Destiny E3 showing, discusses large battles and rewards

by William Schwartz


Bungie’s reveal of Destiny at E3 2013 was bittersweet. While we got to see our first glimpses of Bungie’s next-game in action, we were left wanting to see more. Sure, Bungie’s new game looked great, looked like a ton of cooperative fun, and some of the implied promises from the developer will likely make the game a stand-out in 2014. However, Bungie is aware that fans wanted to see more, and have started fielding questions about the game in their mail sack on bnet.

As for Bungie not showing more of Destiny at E3, they explained their choice in showing this particular segment as follows. “The story we wanted to tell was the same. We wanted each of you to see yourselves in the role of the hero of this story, only to be joined by powerful allies who would help you to overcome overwhelming odds. Everyone who subjected themselves to the demo shared that experience. What was different was the action. Every shot we fired was unique. This world is alive. While the players are on your side, the hostiles are far from cooperative. Some of our shots missed their targets. Others took heads right off the shoulders of our combatants, fired fresh off a triumphant slide across the floor.”

The exact number of players that will swarm the larger battles is being debated

While what they showed obviously aligns with their goals, there’s still a lot to learn about Destiny. Just how the public events will work and how they will be played was discussed briefly, but it seems like many of the final details are yet to be determined. The public event that we saw during the demo had seven people, but Bungie says that there very well could be more. “The exact number of players that will swarm the larger battles in the finished product is a debate that our designers have on a regular basis.”

Bungie fans are also starting to wonder about things like PvP and Microtransactions in Destiny. The developer didn’t have anything to share about the player vs. player element in the game, but they did touch on their microtransaction strategy, claiming that all meaningful rewards will be earned. “The rewards you will gain by playing Destiny – and playing it well – will be earned. You will carve them from the hides of your enemies, after you stomp them into the ground of your favorite destinations.”

Bungie says there’s still a lot more to reveal from Destiny, and a lot more work to be done before their 2014 release. The game is slated for current and next-gen consoles. We’ll likely be hearing a lot more from Destiny in the coming months.

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