I understand that I am probably in the minority here. Bungie yesterday put forth another trailer for their upcoming title, Destiny, at the Game Developers Conference, via IGN, showing off a little bit more about the characters of the game. The majority of what we have seen up to this point has shown off the land of Destiny and the basic scenery for the game. Sony even went as far as bringing the game out for the PlayStation 4 reveal, in showing off what the game could do and on top of that, it would be a cross-platform title. All of this hype for probably one of the most anticipated games of the year and possibly next, pending the release date, but as I sit here and look at everything that has been presented by Bungie, I just don’t care. No matter how hard I try to get interested in the game, I just can’t seem to pull myself to have any excitement for the game. Destiny has shown off an incredible visual feat to this point, as the game looks incredible and the scale and sheer mass of the playable area is impressive, and that’s understating. Believe me, its not easy sitting here on the other side of the fence, from all the cool kids that are itching with excitement, knowing that everyone and their brother will be playing the game, but here I am wondering what all the hype is about and here is why.
Even with the newest video showing off character models, which is yet another choice of Bungie to slowly leak tid-bits of information, the game has nothing more than a tipped feel. The first complaint is that the marketing for the game has done nothing, in my mind, to show off what the game is about. I refuse to simply get excited about a game based on the name of a developer. Bungie is iconic, that is for sure, but they were fostered along by Microsoft and are synonymous with the Halo branding. So far, Bungie has done nothing with Destiny, in terms of it’s publicizing, that I don’t care what they do, every time that I see Destiny, all I see is Halo as well. has me chomping at the bit for the game. They are resting on their laurels which too many companies do to this point. Instead of showing off the game, they know that if they flash their development companies name that people will flock to their project. A perfect example is that of The Phantom Pain trailer that had so many people stunned before learning that the title was, in fact, Metal Gear Solid V. Just because people saw that Kojima was behind the project consumers flopped down their money faster than they would for their own kidney. While it did a better job of depicting what the game was than Destiny has to this point, it still had a lot to do with who was behind the project instead of the game itself.
What does this trailer truly show us about the game, it feels shallow and rather thoughtless.
It is the same case when I look at the name of Bungie being one of the highlights of the game that causes me to, again, not be as enthusiastic as some. Every single article that I read, or trailer that I see, it is always “Bungie’s” Destiny. There in lies the biggest problem for my modest anticipation for the game and it really isn’t the fault of Bungie in this case. What do we know about Destiny to this point? It is a space/sci-fi shooter focused around a destruction-laced world that humanity, or what’s left of it, is fighting to save. Sound like another game that Bungie might have done? I don’t care what they do, every time that I see Destiny, all I see is Halo as well. Bungie will forever be tied to the Halo franchise, even as 343 Industries moves forward with the it and even despite how well they may do. Bunige was the mind behind Master Chief and the creation of the Halo universe, and Destiny looks like an attempt to create a bigger Halo game. I think that Bungie, even though Destiny may wind up being a fantastic title, made a bad move to create a game such as this right after leaving their headlining title to pursue other opportunities. Had this been the second or third game that they had done, my feelings might be different, but it isn’t that case and I can’t get excited for a game that feels, to me, like them trying to shove it back at Microsoft for the tremulous split that the two experienced. For me, this is a “Hey Microsoft, we’ll show you and create a game that will take down Halo because it is made by the original studio and is exactly like Halo“. I don’t get excited for a title that is made to feel like the game is being made out of spite instead of pure adoration for the subject matter.
Maybe I am the only one, and that is fine with me, but Destiny is very underwhelming with what has been shown so far. I just don’t see what all the hype is about. There are numerous other games that, in my mind, deserve the limelight before Destiny yet so many want to mount the game among the gaming-greats before we even know what the true direction of the game is. Which brings me back to the fact that Bungie is what is building the excitement, simply because of what they have achieved in the past. Sure there are studios that do that all the time, but we have also seen studios that have been known for an amazing title, that wind up following it up with something that is terrible and unworthy of praise, yet has seen so much hype simply because of the company or studio that is making it. I think at this point gamers need to be excited about the game, and if you can explain to me what there really is to get excited about with Destiny I am all ears. So far, the little bit of information and details that have been given about the game and the tid-bits that we have seen are simply not enough to warrant the hype machine being kicked into high gear just yet. I will be the first to admit, once something is shown that is worthy of my time, that I will be behind the project. Until they can show me that this isn’t their attempt to push a title that is their way of getting back at Microsoft and show me something that is of substance and worth, I will reserve the right to maintain my tipped anticipation. At that day and time, where that information becomes divulged and warrants my attention, I will officially kick the hype machine into overdrive; the question is will they do enough to ever get me to that point.