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Bungie talks Destiny’s comparisons to Borderlands 2

by William Schwartz

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There were a lot of people who drew comparisons between Bungie’s Destiny and Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2. The cooperative gameplay that was shown at E3 2013 only let us take in so much information, and it was the easiest and closest thing to compare Destiny too.

We look at the opportunities they might have missed that we can capitalize on

We did it. In our short impressions article of the Destiny E3 Demo, I said that the game looked very similar to Borderlands, and from what I saw, I still believe that. Bungie themselves have addressed the comparisons, in a recent interview with Edge Magazine.

Bungie’s Joe Staten told the publication that they definitely drew some inspiration from Borderlands. “I have never played a game where I have such a great attachment to my gun as I do in Borderlands,” said Staten.

“When we look at a game like that, we look at the things they’re doing well and also at opportunities they might have missed that we can capitalise on. You can party up with a group of people and then go around with that group, but never in Borderlands are you going to collide with a group of other people doing it too. We don’t do that just once or twice in the game, we do that all the time, everywhere. You see other people on the horizon, hear gunfire over a hill and see space magic flying behind some trees, and you know… there are other people out here, that [changes everything]. Borderlands right now is: ‘I’m going to walk into that space and we’re going to clear them out and keep going’. And frankly that’s not just Borderlands, that’s any co-op shooter.”

Destiny is slated for a 2014 release, and we’ll likely be hearing and seeing a lot more about the shooter as we get nearer to its launch.

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