Ever since Activision revealed a couple of months ago that they were piling a whopping $500million into Destiny, it’s greatly affected the way people look at the game. With that tag of being a ‘$500m game’, critics and fans have been expecting to instantly see a game that is well worth that kind of development cost. However, Bungie have now stated that the budget for Destiny is apparently nowhere near $500m and that price tag is more of an overall investment by Activision into the games long-term future.
Pete Parsons, the Chief Operatring Officer for Destiny spoke to gamesindustry.biz, saying:
“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.”
I have to say that, after getting a chance to play the Alpha of Destiny, it was hard to see where exactly $500m would have been spent. The game is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but you’d expect to see a quite a bit more for that kind of money. As an online game however, and as close as you’d get to being an mmo, Destiny has a potentially long future ahead of it, so this kind of investment makes a lot more sense. No matter how much content developers think they’ve put into online games, it never takes all that long for some of the hardcore players to get through everything and start to ask for more. Bungie and Activision have a 10-year plan for Destiny so we’ll hopefully see a steady stream of regular updates to keep things fresh and bring in new content. Pete Parsons also commented –
“We came to Activision with the 10-year plan. That was completely us. It’s a part of being an independent company. If you have to leave a universe that you love behind, it couldn’t be really a better thing to do it with. A newly independent company starting on a new, bold adventure, which is why the game is called Destiny”
Bungie also recently revealed the Achievement and Trophy list for Destiny and it doesn’t seem for now at least that any of the tasks listed are going to be too hard to achieve, almost everything would appear to be manageable through general play.
Destiny will be released on the 9th of September for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. The beta begins next month for the PS3 and PS4 with the Xbox versions following shortly afterwards.
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