August 23, 2013

Meet Destiny's Gjallarhorn - an exotic rocket launcher

gjallarhorn rocket launcher destiny

Destiny's Art Lead Mr Tom Doyle has described the rocket launcher known by the name of  'Gjllarhorn' as being “Hulk Hogan’s belt in weaponized form.”. We think it looks a bit ostentatious for the battle field but what would we know?

Players involved:

Concept: Adrian Majkrzak
3D Model: Mark Van Haitsma

Bungie notes about the weapon:

Heroes rise and fall, before they pass into legend. Weapons that weather the test of time can earn equally bold reputations as they become hoisted by new warriors. To hear Tom Doyle talk about the Gjallarhorn, this rocket launcher sounds more like a trophy than a deliverer of explosive ordnance.

“This is the gilded weapon of a City Champion. It’s a very decorated Guardian weapon to say the least.” Doyle proceeds to describe what sounds more like an animal. “Feared and revered, with no attempt to be stealthy, it loudly announces its presence with a howl.”

What started off as a joke, ended up making a statement about our game. “The initial block model for Gjallarhorn was cool looking, but it was missing some detail that would make it shine in first person view.” 

After some brainstorming, and a catalyst that came from a concept long since lost to the chaos of the Bungie creative process, our designers envisioned a way to infuse this horn of destruction with a beastly spirit. 

“Mark just kept adding a wolf every day that he was working on the high resolution model.”

The end result is as ornate as it is deadly. “This Rocket launcher has the highest WPG count of any Bungie weapon ever,” Doyle states with a sly grin. “WPG, of course, is the ‘Wolves Per Gun’ statistic. I thought this concept said a lot about the world we are making, mainly the mythic elements of its fiction.”

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