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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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  • "My Body is Ready"???

    Wii U port hint??... or... Indirect Trolling?? Only time will tell

  • It seriously looks like Spartans meets Jedi's and I'm def looking forward to seeing this game in action.

  • Never were that into Halo, have to see if this is something that has legs for 10 years.

  • I am most definitely looking forward to this game. Can't wait!

  • Just these early gameplay clips of "Destiny" look amazing. I am really looking forward to Bungie releasing more news about this game.

  • I don't know why you guys INSIST on tagging only the 360 in multiplatform games.

  • No PC? My heart is literally breaking!

  • I can't wait...Looks L33T

  • Destiny sounds incredible. I hope Bungies pulls it off well!

  • No PC version == not interested.
  • So the rumor comes up that the next consoles will require constant internet connection DRM in order to allow people to play the games they bought,and everyone rants and says he will quit gaming. A few weeks later Bungie says it makes a game that can be played solo for next gen consoles but will require constant internet connection,and everyone is happy and anxious to play it.
  • Should've saved it for next-gen. Why release a brand new IP on systems heading out the door? The install base is larger but I'd much rather see this on a new console.
  • Sounds really fun.  I can;t wait to read and learn more about this game.

  • I can't wait.  Glad to see Bungie will still be making new games.

  • Looks really good. Hopefully they will release a PC version, if not I might need to get a new 360.

  • I can not wait for this. I am really excited about this game!

  • This game will be the greatest.

  • If I cant play this game single player offline, then I'm not interested. Also going on what little they said, it sounds exactly like a microtransaction, or some equivalent cash to unlock content MMO style, online only game, which I loathe. Concept art looks alright, nothing spectacular mind. That brief gameplay looked just like any other generic sci-fi shooter though. Honestly not impressed in the slightest. I'd say go back to the drawing board, and make a real game instead of another cash cow for Activision to fill their gold vault with.