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Bungie Leaves Halo Behind As It Embraces Its New Destiny

The Music

Most video game studios hire talented freelance composers to build their soundtracks for them, but not Bungie. Martin O'Donnell is a full-time employee with Bungie, and the only people who have been with the studio longer than him are those who started the company. If you’ve played any of Bungie’s Halo games, you know that the soundtrack is one of the most defining elements of the series. For Destiny, O’Donnell has created a whole new soundtrack that heightens the cinematic intensity.

The Destiny presentation showcased lots of visual aspects of the game, including glimpses of the engine and plenty of concept art. For O'Donnell’s section of the presentation, he showed a PowerPoint slide with his name and title, and then turned off the projector, dimmed the lights, and played snippets of the soundtrack. Hearing Destiny’s music was one of the highlights the event. You can still hear some of O’Donnell’s signature flourishes, like the use of choruses and human voices, but Destiny’s soundtrack is distinct from Halo’s. It abandons the heavy percussion focus in favor of a theme that seems to mix John Williams’ best science-fiction work with O'Donnell ‘s memorable violin riffs. We heard optimistic soft tracks presumably written to highlight successful missions, as well as combat music that offered a sense of high seas ship battles. The stirring tracks easily live up to O'Donnell ‘s excellent reputation of knowing how to tell a science-fiction story with music.

What will Destiny call home?

Bungie says Destiny is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and made no mention of next generation consoles or PC. Bungie said that it makes console shooters, so playing with anything other than a controller seems unlikely. The game also has a mobile component. Though details were minimal, Bungie showed off a Destiny app for iOS that allows players to send and accept invitations to play, as well as customize their Guardians.

The Hopeful Apocalypse

Video game worlds often showcase bleak post-apocalyptic worlds. Games like Fallout and Gears of War feature dark worlds where characters don’t know what the future holds, and some don’t want to know, preferring to focus on the present. Destiny may take place after a major global disaster, but everything from the concept art to the soundtrack represents a hopeful world where humans are doing more than surviving – they are fighting for the future. This is part of Bungie’s plan. It wants to create a world that is inviting and interesting and appeals to all gamers, even the “impatient and distracted ones,” says project director Jason Jones.

Bungie has yet to showcase Destiny’s gameplay, but it has established an interesting world and laid the foundation for the expansive narrative. The studio wants to show it can add more to its legacy than Master Chief, and they’re going all in on Destiny. “We hope you’ll agree – it’s really crazy,” Jones says.

For more on Destiny, check out this documentary from Bungie.

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  • It looks interesting, and with Bungie's pedigree, I'm curious to see how it plays out against Planetside 2 and that upcoming Defiance game/TV show project.

    I'm basing my thoughts on the leaked information I saw earlier today, not this article, which doesn't seem to be working for me.
  • I feel like, from what little that I've seen so far, the universe of this game is going to be even deeper and more interesting than Halo.
  • Gentlemen, you had my curiosity… but now you have my attention
  • Soo... Xbox Infinity/720?
  • i'm so glad they are done with halo.  they seemed to be bored with it after halo 2.

  • So glad this isn't a 360 exclusive.
  • Must say really anticipated, we know that it is mmo based, and there is no subscription fee. Also wonder if the space combat will be there, there may be little, or no, considering this game looks like a huge project. Though wonder the map is huge.

    Still must say it has high expectation. Wonder how many people are still going to be angry that its another sci-fi shooter.

    For all the info on Destiny so far.
  • Ok... So when can I preorder?
  • PLEASE BRING THIS TO WII U! This game sounds awesome, but I don't have, and am not willing to pay for a 360 or PS3.
  • My mind just blew up with awesomeness!!!
  • Oh my goodness, Bungie...
    You called... I am now listening.
    I fully expect Destiny to deliver on every aspect. Can't wait to see it in motion.
    I haven't been this genuinely excited about news since... Well, Halo 4 and Bungie's own Halo Reach. I'm a Fanboy, I'll admit. I'm glad that I'll be able to play this on any console I so choose, with the multiplatform news bit.
  • I haven't been this excited about video game news in years. This has immediately shot to the top of my radar. Is there a release window for this yet? If it's on the 360 and PS3 that would have to be relatively soon with the next gen announcements just around the bend. I can't imagine they would want to loose sales with everyone's focus on new consoles.
  • This multiplayer sounds awesome. Always connected like a MMO, allowing players to co-op on the fly. Bungie is surely proven with the Halo series, I hope they can pull this off and make it as good as it sounds.
  • If they "hope the world will become a bigger part of popular culture than the Halo series," it might do them a great service to make it substantially distinguishable from Halo...

    Sorry to be a buzzkill, but not only is it a sci-fi first person shooter (yawn on that concept), but the plot hook isn't all that far off from Halo either. Not to mention the similarity in visual appearances as well. I mean, what were they thinking?

    That's like saying I want to make a lasting mark on culture like Star Wars did by making a movie trilogy that's a lot like Star Wars.
  • We did a giant circle planet, what's the next step? umm... a sphere planet? Money in the bank
  • Love Halo, Love Bungie, I can only expect to love this too :)

  • Well, it looks very interesting but I will hold my judgement until I see more.

    I am extremely intrigued as well.

    My biggest hope however is that they do bring it to PC, and next-gen consoles. I mean a game of this scale it would be nice to see it on all available platforms.

    I'm mainly a PC gamer but, I do have a PS3 but it doesn't change the fact that I would love to see it elsewhere.

  • I hope this soundtrack is more emotive than past halo's. The tunes were very catchy, yes, but if you actually think about the desperate nature of the situation--mankind's extinction-- then the bombastic warthog driving music seems a bit out of place. It never really felt like billions of people had died.
  • I have been waiting for them to cut the quiet and now that it has been gotta say I am excited. Not because its just another bungie thing although it does help but hearing its a multiplayer RPG

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