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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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  • All these concepts look incredible. I can definitely see the Star Wars in there. I think comparing it's impact as that of Star Wars is a little far fetched, but it still looks amazing.

  • Most excited for this game more than any other game currently being worked on! Bungee will not disappoint I know it!

  • My apologies for a double post. I had to correct my "bungie" up there

  • looks interesting but always online n not f2p points to mmo, and i'm not willing to pay for mmos these days with my limited time and money sadly
  • This game looks to be pretty good. I just hope it's not a fail.

  • Destiny is promising to be the next evolution in gaming but if it's not for next-gen consoles I'm not getting it. Why start the trilogy on a console that will not be supported by the time Destiny 2 comes around?
  • This game looks really good.

  • So I haven't seen any gameplay yet and know little to nothing about the game, but damn, Bungie knows how to get its fans excited. Destiny will be a day one buy for me!

  • I love Bungie so much. They have so much heart, more companies should be like this. They're so passionate about creating something wonderful, I love it.

  • No PC version? Why do developers hate PC? :(

  • This sounds absolutely amazing, but only time will tell

  • With Bungie making a game about all the planets in the Solar System, I wonder how long its going to take for someone to make a joke about teabagging Uranus... oh wait.

  • With Bungie making a game about all the planets in the Solar System, I wonder how long its going to take for someone to make a joke about teabagging Uranus... oh wait.

  • Great, ending to the HALO series... kill of cortana. Add new season for Spatarn Ops AT LEAST I am still going to buy this game though
  • I'm intrigued to learn more of this game.

  • I've always enjoyed Bungied games so looking forward to exploring a new universe with them. Definitely excited to hear more.

  • Is this still pre-alpha? If it is, not a big deal about the graphics and textures, those will improve. But aside from the evident Halo influence - most notably on the soundtrack - looks like a bold new direction for them. Also glad it'll be on PS4 as well.
  • Its great to hear them making a hopeful apocalypse. And judging from the concept art, it going to be one of the most beautiful post apocalypses ever.

  • Anything Bungie is amazing and Destiny will be no exception. I think this game will single handedly bring world peace, I really do.