September 24, 2013

Bungie’s Joe Staten has quit the company to 'tackle new creative challenges'.

Sometimes there’s a guy so cool that you just don’t want to meet just in case he isn’t actually cool. I think Bungie’s Joe Staten might be one of those guys. Not that he isn’t actually that cool, it’s that he’s that cool. Cool? Anyways, Joe is leaving Bungie. Cue the boos and hisses! 

Rumour has it he got fired for making Destiny too awesome. Or something. He’s actually leaving with a nice note from Bungie on their homepage.

Here’s State’s leaving note:

Dear community friends,

After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.

Per Audacia Ad Astra!
Joseph Staten

What’s next on the horizon for Joe? Time will tell….

Some Bungie fans are already panicking and suggesting this spells disaster for Destiny:
  • "This is the first public sign that destiny not shipping till next year spells trouble for the game. 
  • "This doesn't make sense....Pursuing new creative challenges? Isn't Destiny a new creative challenge? Why would he leave before the release of Destiny? I'm very, very confused."
  • "When someone like Joseph Staten leaves I just feel really worried, can't help it".
I think everyone just needs to chill their wort. 15 years at any company, especially an IT company, is a very long time in the modern age. If there was bad blood, there wouldn't have been the shout out on the Bungie site and Staten wouldn't have said the words he said. 

September 19, 2013

343 - doing it right by yet another fan

I spied this photo on Reddit – it shows 343 doing it right by their Halo fans.

“I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to play in the Global Championship, but was unable to afford last minute plane tickets and hotel. 343 was kind enough to send me my passes anyways and a signed chief. Hate on 343i all you want, but they've always g”

September 18, 2013

Meet the Thunderlord machine gun from Destiny

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Say hello to your new little friend
“At any moment, this gun should feel like it might blow up in your hands.”
Tom Doyle, Art Lead


Frank Capezzuto, Ryan Demita
3D Model: Jesse Hall

The Thunderlord is so dangerous a weapon that it poses an equal threat to the Guardian behind it as it does to the enemies that appear downrange. This heavy exotic is a foolish aberration, tinkered with in ways few can fully understand. The result of this meddlesome hubris is a beast you can barely control

Given the erratic nature of this augmented armament, it is decidedly rare. According to Art Lead Tom Doyle, the Thunderlord is a desperate measure on the part of a society that grew weary of being outgunned. “The ammunition is some kind of monster that they wouldn't normally use," Doyle warns. "The use of electro-static rounds over this amplitude has been prohibited due to their volatility.”

Vital missions beg of some room to bend the rules. So far, Bungie devs have wielded this belt-fed menace on quests in Los Angeles and Cologne, Germany. On both occasions, it performed with explosive success. “Justin Hayward really brought the weapon to life with the lighting effects in the eleventh hour before E3,” recalls Doyle. “It is a great example of how vital effects are for exotic weapons in first person.”

It’s also a great example of how to delight a crowd.

A Guardian gains the right to add the Thunderlord to their inventory by proving that they’re worthy of its firepower. Once earned, it will have to be put to prudent use before its full potential can be realized. After all, you don’t just deploy explosive ammunition on the first date. Like many of the implements in your armory, this is a gun worthy of a long-term relationship.

September 12, 2013

Meet the Hand Cannon 'Duke MK 44'

duke mk 44 cannon weapon destiny

Bungie have let slip some news on the design of Destiny's hand cannon, the Duke MK 44, presumably to be referred to by gamers as simply the Duke.


Concept: Darren Bacon
3D Model: Rajeev Nattam

There will be battles in Destiny that cannot be won with a thundering rifle or an explosive rocket. More desperate moments will find you backed into a corner by ferocious squatters dead-set on evicting you from a haunt of our lost civilization that they’ve claimed as their own. When you find yourself up and close and personal with a hostile landlord, and you will, you’ll want a trusty hand-cannon by your side.

From the drafting tables of the weapon foundries of our last safe city comes a standard-issue revolver available to anyone brave enough to wield it. Submitted for your approval: the Duke MK.44. “This version of the popular model makes short work of combatants who underestimate its quick draw holo sight and hair trigger,” promises Art Lead Tom Doyle.

The Duke might not be exotic, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get some love from its owner. Like any gun in the FOTC arsenal, it can be customized over time to fit perfectly in the hand of the hero who brandishes it. “It’s a solid piece,” states Doyle. “This weapon is most commonly associated with newer Guardians who equip a sidearm in their primary loadout.”

The Duke MK.44 is not a weapon designed for silent stand-offs. When you unleash it from the confines of its holster, it will be time to dance. The quick will overcome the dead.

Disclaimer: Destiny is a work in progress!

September 5, 2013

What date is Xbox One being released?


Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will be available in the United States, Canada, and 11 other countries on the above date. Which is just in time for Christmas. Hey Santa, I've been good!

DeeJ talks about the Playstation community joining Bungie's

fallen destiny

Bungie's DeeJ has done a sweet interview on Destiny with Marianne Sartori from the Playstation site. Here's some of the choice bits from it, Those being the reference to apocalyptic landscapes and developing the game for the Playstation console - something Bungie hasn't done prior to this game.

PSB: The landscapes are post-apocalyptic ones. You mentioned that it would be something people would feel comfortable in…

DeeJ: It is a little ironic to say that post-apocalyptic society is a place you want to visit again and again, but even though there’s been a collapse of the Golden Age, even though you’re a former civilization and that the entire solar system has been smashed, the city that exists is a place where humanity still thrives.

The adventure that takes place in Destiny sends humanity back out into the wild of the solar system to reclaim the lost treasures of the Golden Age. So it’s definitely a story about redemption, about digging into our past to understand what happened, and to secure our future.

PSB: How have you found developing for PS4?
DeeJ: We’re using brand new tools that have been built from the ground up so that we can optimize this experience on any device that we deliver it to. So we’re making a game that’s going to be great for any of the consoles that we deliver it to, but we’re certainly excited about the next-gen opportunities that the PS4 delivers, and just from a community standpoint, I’m thrilled that Bungie can deliver a great experience to the PlayStation nation and welcome an entire new group of gamers into our community.

PSB: Do you have a message for the PlayStation community?
DeeJ: Your community will deliver the most important ingredient in Destiny, as they will create a character in this game, and they will play a role in this game. And as with any Bungie game, once it gets in the hands of the community, we completely lose control. They take it, they make it their own, and they do things in that game that we could have never imagined. And I’ll be watching. I can’t wait to see PlayStation gamers get a hold of that new controller, and see how they share their experiences and tell their own stories. That’s what it’s all about for us!

September 1, 2013

Is this the first Destiny cosplay seen in the wild?

guardian hunter destiny cosplay
Hunter cosplay from Destiny
I think this is the first piece of Destiny cosplay that's been done. It's a pretty decent effort of a Guardian by cosplayer Nicolle King - especially as Destiny hasn't even come out yet! This costume made it's debut at Pax Prime.