Claims That Destiny Is Too Small Baffled Bungie
Destiny is one of the most ambitious games of this generation, putting a lot of money and its success largely behind the players and how well a community forms around the game. It’s also the most ambitious game Bungie has ever made because all they’ve really done before this is Halo. A pew pew space opera is hardly ambitious. That said, the machinima series Red vs Blue was pretty ambitious and great. That’s besides the point though.
Destiny features a number of desolate locations on Earth, some sections of the Moon and even Mars. Three celestial bodies should equal a lot of land, right? Wrong.
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After the Destiny beta dropped last month, some fans criticised the game for only having on location to explore on Earth, Mars and the Moon respectively.
Bungie immediately quelled these criticisms with claims that these locations will have a far deeper scope than as seen in the beta. The developer doesn’t see a problem either with the game’s size although their reasoning is a little wonky.
Bungie director of production Jonty Barnes told Eurogamer, “If I’m honest with you, it blew my mind, because it’s the biggest game we’ve ever made. I don’t think people understand the depth and amount of gameplay there is in Destiny.” He added that people were basing their opinions on the beta version of Destiny, which represents just a slice of what the full game has to offer. “I don’t understand how people could have that concern when you think about that and all the different planets we’re going to open up and the gameplay we’ve got there,” he said.
Barnes said he’s not losing sleep over the concerns, however, because he knows just how massively larger Destiny is than anything Bungie has ever made before. “I honestly believe Destiny is a huge game,” he said. “I can tell you that through blood and sweat as well. It’s been a huge game and undertaking for us. Compared to anything we’ve done before, if you’re going to do a comparison, you’re laughing, honestly.”
Destiny may be bigger than we realise and have far denser worlds than the bet let on. If I recall the far Cry 3 demo, that game seemed a little sparse compared to its final release.
That said, when you’re making an openworld game, you will be compared to others. Chances are that it isn’t as big as the likes of Borderlands. Obviously it’s the biggest Bungie has ever made because all they’ve done previously is linear shooters.
I’m currently the tallest I’ve ever been but shockingly that doesn’t mean I’m a giant. No, I’m still below average height at 170cm. It’s all a matter of perspective. In an isolated system where only Bungie games exist, Destiny is frickin massive. In a world where we have Skyrim, Fallout, GTA V and more; no such luck.
By the way, that little video up top is the Destiny launch trailer. At most these things come out a week before release. Destiny’s trailer is out over a fortnight ahead of release. Activision were just so excited they couldn’t hold onto it.