Bungie Calls Notion of a Fully Realized 10 Year Destiny Plan “Comical”
When Bungie COO Pete Parsons was discussing the $500 million budget for Destiny last year, he revealed it was Bungie who approached Activision about the 10-year plan, and they wanted to tell a story over that decade.
Here’s what he said at the time:
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?
Clarifying Parson’s comments and any misconceptions about the plan in the latest issue of EDGE magazine is Bungie Community and Marketing Relations Manager Eric Osborne, who says it isn’t a 10-year plan, but rather a 10-year agreement:
Those things were so distracting, and not about the experience we were creating. It just became the narrative. I mean, I drive a Honda Civic. I don’t know shit about $500 million. A ten-year plan? It’s a ten-year partnership agreement. It has nothing to do with the development of the game proper.
To think that somehow, before Destiny had shipped, we had some ten-year plan written down somewhere? It’s comical. We allowed the narrative to get constructed that Bungie is just a corporate entity and not a bunch of humans, a collection of people who are just trying to make a really great game.
We’re currently in Year Two of Destiny, with Bungie planning on having your Guardian travel with you through the entire lifetime.
[Source: Games Radar]