Bungie has officially come out with the high hopes and lofty aspirations of their next series.
COO Pete Parsons recently stated during an interview that “Destiny” has the potential to sit alongside great blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Parsons went on to state that this next-gen series “Destiny” would surpass the effect and influence that players and developers felt after the release of Halo. He went on to say that, “We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars…” Parsons stands strong in his assertion that Destiny will exceed the universe presented in Halo.
From his statement it’s become obvious that Bungie’s platform has and always will be tent pole entertainment. And they’ve so far achieved that. For example, set pieces and effective story telling define the Halo Universe. They were able to make players sympathize with the plight of a faceless hero. This was an impressive task especially when you consider the time when the original Halo was released. At the time, this kind of gameplay was unheard of and Bungie singlehandedly redefined the mechanics of online multiplayer.
As a company, Bungie has no shortage of innovation. Will this innovation continue? Based on the sale of previous releases this could be true, but for most players Bungie and Halo are synonymous. The question becomes whether or not a new type of game will hold that equality.
Parsons went on to claim that they plan for every release to rival the releases in different venues. They want a game with as wide a release as that of the biggest blockbuster and went so far to compare themselves with Pixar. As is stands, will “Destiny” be that product? It remains to be seen, but Bungie’s confidence in their product cannot be ignored.