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Submitted by skyward 1225d ago | news

Bungie Confirms Destiny Is A Sandbox, Hires Red Dead Dev

NowGamer: Bungie reveals a few clues to Destiny's development and even hires some new talent to help out. (Bungie, Destiny, Next-Gen, Xbox 360)

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nrvalleytime  +   1226d ago
Whoo boy. This IP is shaping up to be something incredible.
meetajhu   1225d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(8)
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1225d ago
It's shaping up to be something special? How so?

I may be wrong but besides the fact that it's a sandbox, we know nothing about this game.

Maybe you're commenting on the teaming of the Red Dead dev and Bungie but even that means nothing as to how the game will turn out.
PurpHerbison  +   1225d ago
I know optimism is extremely rare now... but just let the guy have his moment.
neogeo  +   1225d ago
After you said sanbox stop writing.

Its a sandbox!!!

Now go home and get your Fing shine box..
Freak of Nature  +   1225d ago
It comes from a well proven dev/studio. It has retained a proven talent in Danny Bulla from RDR...MMO-style "sci-fantasy, action shooter" featuring "client based mission structures with persistent elements" all in a sandbox......If I were a betting man (which I am not) I would bet on this being something special. It's got the ear marks for it looking at it's pedigree...

Time will tell that's for sure, but you can 90%+ bet it will be one to watch...
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frjoethesecond  +   1225d ago
Am I the only one who think that looks like the steam logo?
THE_MACGREGOR  +   1225d ago
NO, damn Jason Jones cant find away to escape the marathon logo use in marathon and halo.
also a side note

Bungies title will be called
Space Marine Cowboy
Wild Wild West in Space.
otherZinc  +   1225d ago
I don't care what Bungies next game is, I'm buying it.

Bungie created my favorite game series of "All Times"!, Halo. I owe it as thanks good or bad, the second must be proven. The game may be great & I won't have to use my money as a thank you Bungie measure.
jimmins  +   1226d ago
Still can't figure out where this is headed, but sign me up!
Grap  +   1225d ago
sandbox like GTA and Reddead, SR or sandbox like Halo and other games.
lastdual  +   1225d ago
That's exactly what I was wondering.

Bungie always referred to the "Halo sandbox" back in the day, but they weren't talking about the games being open world. The phrase meant that firefights could turn out differently due to the AI being highly adaptive and dynamic rather than scripted.
NYC_Gamer  +   1225d ago
I'm happy Bungie chose to create a new franchise instead of just sticking with Halo forever
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pablo-b  +   1225d ago
so am i. after playing reach, you could tell that they had lost all motivation for making halo games.

whereas 343 look like they are going to make the franchise into something special.

if it took going back to an indie dev to to get back their mojo, then its all good. because the halo games bungie made last gen were great. this gen not so much. and i would like to see them pumping out games of equal quality..
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Captain_Freud  +   1225d ago
Well Reach was made by a fraction of their team, in the span of less than two years. The rest of their team was working on ODST or Destiny.

It was really their chance to experiment with the campaigns more than anything else. Reach was all about bigger, open levels. Thus the multiplayer levels ripped directly from the campaign.
hellvaguy  +   1225d ago
ODST was released a good 2 years before Reach. Im going with a failed troll here.
Captain_Freud  +   1225d ago
ODST was released in 2009, Reach in 2010.

After Halo 3 launched, seperate teams were:
1) Supporting Halo 3 post-launch. Maps, matchmaking, etc.
2) Making ODST
3) Making Reach
4) Working on Destiny

Compare that to the "all hands on deck" strategy for Halo 3. It wasn't that they "lost motivation", it's that they were working on several projects. And with all that, Halo 3 was supported well post-launch, ODST was fantastic, and Reach was a solid game. People complain that it wasn't a "core Halo" game, but that was the point. They had some time left on their contract to experiment.

EDIT: Directly from the team:
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The Great Melon  +   1225d ago

Finally, another person who liked ODST. I really enjoyed ODST's somber setting and the overworld you traverse to get to each memory mission. It may not have been the best Halo for Co-op, but I found it to be the most enjoyable game out of the series to sit and down a relax to. That game was great for unwinding after a busy day.
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CommonSense  +   1225d ago
Halo Reach has more content packed into that disc than just about any game i've played on console. Not sure how you can say it seems like they lost motivation.

To me, it seemed like they really wanted to go out with a bang.
Belking  +   1225d ago
Can't wait. I hope this lands on the 720.
TheLyonKing  +   1225d ago
I want more info on this, is this multiplat btw (just curious) also the pedigree bungie have combined with the talent of the red dead staff will be a scary force.

I am very excited to see this.
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Shadonic  +   1225d ago
i want it as an exclusive to 360 but at the same time if its great i want everyone consoles and PC to experience it.
RivetCityGhoul  +   1225d ago
it is a multiplat for 360, PS3 & PC, though from leaked documents it's supposed to be a timed exclusive game for the 360 for 1 year.
ChunkyLover53  +   1225d ago
Actually it said sequels "could possibly" go to the PS3 or future Sony platforms. I would think a lot has to do with Bungies capabilities and there lack of familiarity with the PS3 hardware.

Also, Microsoft has deep pockets, if the IP really took off I could see them paying a ton of money to lock it up.
lodossrage  +   1225d ago
Actually, RivetCityGhoul is right
Directly from their quote:

"Destiny's 27-page contract is viewable on the LAT and details a schedule for the franchise which kicks off in 2013 as a timed-exclusive on Xbox 360 and the next Xbox. A PS3 version will follow in 2014."

And if you read further down, the second game will launch simultaneously for the 360, next xbox, PS4, and PC

Sheikh Yerbouti  +   1225d ago
Interest lost.
WiiLovePS360  +   1225d ago | Helpful

That is not true actually. Here is what it says in the contract, and I quote:

"(b) As described in the Native Release Plan, Destiny Game #1 ..... shall be initially developed by Licensor to operate on and be compatible with the Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console ("Xbox 360") and the next successor console platform released by Microsoft..... The parties also currently contemplate the development and commercial release of Destiny Game #1 for the Playstation 3 computer entertainment system ("PS3") in the Fall of 2014"

So it might come to the PS3, it might not. Straight from the Bungie/Activision contract. It also mentions January 31, 2011 as the cutoff date for the decision to develop on PS3 or not - again I quote from the contract:

"The parties shall seek to conclude technical dilligence on whether to develop Destiny Game #1 for the PS3 by no later than January 31, 2011."

It will also only be made if it "is able to be developed for the PS3 at quality and feature parity to the Xbox 360 version of Destiny Game #1"

The sequel to Destiny Game #1 is 100% being made for the Playstation 3's successor. From the Contract:

"(c) Subject to the terms of Section 5, Destiny Game #2.....shall be initially developed by Licensor to operate on and be compatible with the Xbox 360, Xbox 720 and the Sony Playstation 4"

Please do your research before you try to correct someone.


One interesting thing to come out of this is we know that there will be at least one Xbox 360 game coming out in 2014 or beyond, even after Microsoft have released the Xbox 360s successor.
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Carl_Shocker  +   1225d ago
The only thing which scares me about this is Activisions involvment....that whole contract they made with each other. I mean of all the publishers they had to choose from it had to be Activision, pretty sure any publisher would of loved to have Bungie on board.
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munish23  +   1225d ago
I'm sure Bungie has their reasons, other publishers may not be able to give Bungie what they want especially when it comes to resources. I'm not a fan of Activision but I think many contract are similar to this one in the video games industry. And yet Bungie is able to own the IP which is great.
Drumsmasher  +   1225d ago
Thank god they didn't work with EA. If I remember correctly EA came to them first, but agreements didn't work out. I'm thinking that EA wanted lots of control with Bungie. They would've fucked them up like Bioware!!
007Bond  +   1225d ago
Hires Red Dead Dev? Shit just got real
DivineAssault  +   1225d ago
Cool.. Still not buying a 720 or nx box or whatever its called..
hazardman  +   1225d ago
Good for you, another hater!! I'll be owning all next gen consoles, Its a wait and see on the Wii U, waiting on new Metriod and Zelda game, also would like to see a remake of Eternal Darkness(one of the BEST games ever made)come out too, make this happen Nintendo and I will buy your system!!!
Npugz7  +   1225d ago
Ha! Sucks to be you!
DivineAssault  +   1225d ago
if u have trouble finding any of them whenever they launch, i plan to buy a few & put em up on amazon.. Ill give u both a great deal.. How bout double what its worth & u pay for shipping? If not, someone else will so suit yourself.. Same goes for wii u.. Ill pay off my PS4 with all the proceeds
CommonSense  +   1225d ago
so don't. go post elsewhere.
MasterD919  +   1225d ago
Funny to think that one day Bungie's Destiny game could go up against one of the future Halo games (in regards to the release-date/timing).

As for Activision...they already laid out the gameplan...3 games (plus one more most likely) and a ton of DLC already planned. That was in the agreement.
DOMination-  +   1225d ago
Over ten years though
MasterD919  +   1225d ago
Yep. That's plenty of time to space out the series.

Looking forward to this one long as Activision stays out of Bungie's way.
wastedcells  +   1225d ago
So what if halo sucks, doesn't mean this game will. They have learned a ton I'm sure, they have been around long enough. This game could be greatness. They probably thought about for years while being stuck pumping out halo game.
BitbyDeath  +   1225d ago
Disagree, Halo's hype is usually pretty well justified, the latest games may not be as great but the franchise as a whole still is.
Psychotica  +   1225d ago
Just calling a game a Sandbox peaks my interest..
Frankfurt  +   1225d ago
So they left Halo, a sandbox sci-fi shooter, to make... a sandbox sci-fi shooter.
BitbyDeath  +   1225d ago
Halo was never open world...
indubitably  +   1225d ago
ODST was
unchartedxplorer  +   1225d ago
Looks good. Kind of worried of how the ps3 version is going to be though
Xenomorph  +   1225d ago
Hmm this might be good. But please make it a different control scheme/feel than Halo.
Saturne3  +   1225d ago
I sure do hope its open world.
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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1225d ago
Second game coming to ps4 & pc.
nofallouthero  +   1225d ago
when will they do a sequel to oni
mysterym  +   1225d ago
Hopefully never - oni was pretty shit tbh.
ArtificiallyYours  +   1225d ago
This could be a new 'Marathon' of a different animal, I hope to dear god it is.
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StreetsofRage  +   1225d ago
Please next gen launch title.
Rowland  +   1225d ago
Wow ! a game about women's sanitary towels judging by the branding image. How exciting.

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