E3 Destinypalooza


While there have been plenty of huge reveals at this year’s E3, few games have garnered as much attention as Bungie’s Destiny.  The ambitious shared world shooter has received an enormous amount of press coverage the last few days, and we’ve got all of it right here.  We think.  Well, most of it anyway.

Bungie was given the privilege of closing Sony’s big Playstation 4 event with a live demonstration of Destiny.  Destiny lead writer and design director Joe Staten was joined on stage by Bungie founder Jason Jones, and the two of them showed off their creation to the world for the first time.

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Unfortunately, there were a few technical hiccups during the presentation.  At least it wasn’t as bad as the Assassin’s Creed 4 demo, which crashed completely.  In any case, Sony filmed another demonstration the following day, also featuring Staten.  This demo is largely the same, although it does feature a better look at some of the Guardians’ special powers, also lovingly referred to as “space magic.”  This version of the demo also features an interview with Bungie community manager DeeJ a little after the 15 minute mark.

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Joe Staten also sat down with an even-more-enthusiastic-than-normal Adam Sessler for an in-depth interview which touched on many aspects of the game.  They cover a lot of ground in this interview.  If you only watch one of these videos, make it this one.

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Joe then made his way over to the Gamespot stage, and gave another detailed interview.  This one goes into some of the lore of Destiny, and covers some details that weren’t addressed in the Adam Sessler interview.  It’s another great watch, so… watch it, won’t you?

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Joe Staten isn’t the only Bungie veteran roaming the show floor.  Pete Parsons, the company’s chief operating officer, talked with Machinima yesterday, and while they covered much of the same subjects at the Staten interviews, they spend a bit more time talking about the differences between Destiny’s single and multiplayer experiences, and how they’re planning to seamlessly merge the two.

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Are you sick of watching that demo yet?  Of course you’re not!  What a silly question to ask.  Bungie President Harold Ryan sat down with Game Informer, and offered some insights into how the development of Destiny is progressing, what can be expected in the finished product, and some things in the demo you might have missed.

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Bungie has also been making a series of behind-the-scenes videos, showing what it takes to debut a game like Destiny to the world.  Hosted by community manager DeeJ, they offer a rare look inside the massive publicity machine that is E3.  First, a look at the theater in which they’ll be demonstrating the game.

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Next, a journey deep inside the bowels of the press briefing rooms.

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Finally, a glimpse into all of the rehearsing and technical wizardry that goes into pulling off a live game demo infront of millions of people.

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So that’s about it for the press coverage and behind-the-scenes shenanigans.  Thanks for indulging me in my Destiny obsession.  But I swear, it’s not just me.  Lots of folks are liking what they see.  Even industry folks with ribbons and stickers and plaques.

See?  But… where did the Save Game “Best of E3” plaque go?  I drew it myself and everything!


About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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