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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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  • does it have splitscreen?

  • this game looks amazing! does it have splitscreen?

  • This is definitely  one of those games to look forward to.

  • It better come to PC! Honestly, making something like this and not including everyone in the fun, isn't very fair in my opinion. Great games such as these should be shared!
  • OMG! Can't wait for more!

  • It certainly sounds ambitious enough. I suppose I have become quite jaded, but I don't think they will get what they are wanting. Just a hunch. I hope I'm proven wrong.

  • This looks really interesting, I am more excited for this than i thought i would be. No PC is horrible, but at least it's not a 360 exclusive.

  • Holy ***. I knew Bungie was one of the best developers around, but this may just make them THE BEST developer around. Think I'll head to Gamestop now to see if I can preorder it

    Also, for a Sunday, its been a busy news day for once!
  • I hope they keep the rpg elements and gun upgrades light like in modern warfare, for once it would be fun to play an mmo that was based around skill instead of whom has the highest level or best weapons

  • Damn it! This sounds like the game i've always wanted to play! While yes this is a good thing my anger stems from the fact that I wanted to make it!  

  • meh, not the sort of game I was hoping for.

  • This game is going to be truly mindblowing.

  • Bungie writes video game history. This game is going to be epic.

  • I'm no fan of always online requirements and forced "social elements", but I am intrigued by the Journey comparison. At least that's what the "shared world" stuff sounds like to me. Bringing that kind of functionality into other games could definitely be cool. I'm also a big fan of Bungie's "mythic sci-fi" universe creation skills, and space travel throughout the solar system. Of course, all the concept art is amazing too. I guess I'll keep an open mind here.

    This also reminds me that Defiance is coming out soon-ish. I'm keeping an eye on that too. There's some very promising sci-fi shooters coming up this year, in addition to Dust 514 and Planetside 2 and some other stuff that's been going on since last year. How come no one's covered the Dust beta, by the way? Is it not good, Gameinformer?
  • Edit: Never mind just finished the article. Since it's coming to Sony systems as well I'll be sure to keep my eye on this.
  • Good for Bungie. It takes a lot of guts to leave something you've created behind and venture into the unknown with a brand new idea. I have to give them credit for not taking the easy route of miling Halo until the ennd of time.

  • Looks and sounds great. Constant online might be a deal breaker though

  • Neato.

  • not  pc wxclusive eh? well now im buying

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