Earlier this year, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned that Bungie’s Destiny had a budget something to the tune of $500 million. Many raised an eyebrow after looking at gameplay footage and wondered how that much money could have been put into the game.
I mean, Destiny looks pretty good as far as AAA first-person shooters go, but does it look that good?
Bungie’s Pete Parsons is now talking and ready to put the rumors to rest. According to him in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Destiny cost nowhere near half-a-billion to make.
“For marketing you’d have to ask Activision people, but for development costs, not anything close to $500 million. I think that speaks a lot more to the long-term investment that we’re making in the future of the product.”
Of course, he didn’t hesitate to flesh out Bungie’s long term plans with the Destiny franchise, stating that the team sat down long before they partnered with Activision to draw this story out for the next decade.
“We sat back, long before we even came to our partnership with Activision, thinking about, ‘We wanted to tell a story over ten years.’ We wanted each one of these things to have its own beginning, middle, and an end, but we really wanted to step back and we can do it. We’ve done it before; we did it with Halo but we didn’t plan it out.
I say plan – I don’t know how the story goes, okay? But really, think about how do we future-proof our technology? What are the kinds of things we’re going to want to do? How do we build our team? How do we even build the building that our team is going to be in?
We have the time to start building that out and that’s incredibly powerful for us.”
Destiny sounds more and more ambitious with all that we learn from it. I’m not into AAA first-person shooters nor am I into mutliplayer games, but I think I’m willing to shell out a few clams to check it out. The fact that they have a planned story to space out over a decade sounds promising too, something Halo never quite did correctly, always seemingly making things up as it went along.
As a warning to Bungie, though, I’d like to point out a popular franchise which turned itself inside out and nearly collapsed by promising a decade long story before the first game was even released.
Yeah, stick to making that first game work before promising us the stars, please. Destiny will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 9th.