Bungie terminates long-time composer Marty O’Donnell

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Marty O’Donnell, Bungie’s longtime veteran composer has been terminated by Bungie’s Board of Directors on April 11th, 2014. O’Donnell joined Bungie in 1999 after composing the music for both Myth and Oni. He then worked on the Halo series from the iconic theme of the original through to Halo: Reach.

O’Donnell was working with Mike Salvatori & Sir Paul McCartney for Bungie’s highly anticipated game Destiny, which is set to release September 9th, 2014.

According to the tweet by O’Donnell, he has be terminated without cause. Bungie has yet to comment, but this is breaking news. I’ll update this article accordingly as information is released.

UPDATE: Bungie has made a comment. Written by David Dague, Bungie Community Manager (better known to the community as DeeJ)

“There are those who said this day would never come…

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.”

Bungie

My thoughts go out to Marty O’Donnell. I’ll leave you with my favourite piece by O’Donnell and Salvatori.

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Destiny VGX Gameplay Trailer!

Hello everyone Chief here back yet again with some breaking Destiny news. During Spike TV’s Video Game Award show, now known as VGX a relatively new gameplay trailer was revealed. It’s a little unfortunate seeing old footage again but there are some beautiful new looks intermittently throughout the video. Bungie is a master at teasing us. It would have been nice to have seen the HUD during some of these scenes – which always provides further juicy details.

Within this trailer we get some great (and relatively brief) new looks at the pike vehicle, competitive multiplayer, some guardian supers in action, and fireteams facing off against the many enemies within Destiny – The Vex, Cabal, The Fallen with on of them at the receiving end of a throwing knife, and the Hive. Also including more angles of Phogoth – the Hive boss and another unknown floating Hive enemy that the community has dubbed the “Hive Queen”.

Most of the footage however is old or just new angles of previously seen footage. Bungie is definitely knows how to make their viewers beg for more.

– Chief

Source: http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/ahz0eg/destiny-vgx-2013–world-premiere-trailer

Destiny Launch Date September 9th, 2014

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Bungie has just announced that their next game, Destiny, will be launching this September 9th 2014 and that the beta will be start sometime this summer.

“Today, in partnership with Activision, we are proud to announce that the worldwide launch of Destiny will happen on September 9th. Accordingly, the Destiny Beta will kick off in the summer of 2014, available first on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.”

It appears that Bungie has pushed back the release of both the beta and the game from their earlier announcement of Spring 2014 (Which was made during the beta announcement). Bungie has stated many times that they are treating their beta like a full product launch.

PlayStation Early Beta Announcement during the PS4 Launch November 15th, 2013 (Now outdated)

It appears that delaying games has been all too popular as of late. As much as I don’t like to wait any longer for game, especially this one, it is definitely understandable to insure the product is ready for launch.

Source: http://www.bungie.net/7_Destiny-Launch-Date/en/News/News?aid=11318

– Chief

Destiny Beta Comes First to PS3 & PS4

During the PlayStation 4 Launch event Bungie aired an exclusive trailer and announced that the Destiny Beta will be available first to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 Players.

To get access to the Destiny Beta you must pre-order from participating retailers and you will recieve an access code to then enter at http://bungie.net/beta. Bungie had announced at this years E3 that PlayStation gamers would receive some “exclusive content”.

Here’s a slightly alternative version of the trailer uploaded to the Bungie YouTube channel shortly after the livestream event.

– Chief

Destiny News – Moon Gameplay Trailer & Public Beta Confirmed!

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: The Moon & Public Beta Confirmed!

Today I have for you another official destiny gameplay trailer that takes place on our moon. We get to see more footage of the Hive – which is one of the four enemy races in Destiny. The Hive are space like zombies and according to the trailer have resided for centuries within the depths of the moons core. In this trailer get to see what appears to be 4 classes of Hive, but I’ll break it down later this week.

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Bungie and Activision have confirmed a public beta for Destiny sometime in Spring 2014. This is the date for the beta, not the game’s release – which will be sometime after the beta in 2014. The beta will be open to all 4 platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3. The beta is open to anyone who has pre-ordered the game from participating retailers – so check your receipts if you purchase after October 1st, if not your retailer should be contacting you soon.

From IGN article:

The public beta of Destiny scheduled to begin early next year will be treated by Bungie as if it were a “full product launch,” according to the developer’s community manager, Eric Osborne.

“The Destiny beta, in many ways, is being treated like a full product launch. We can’t just carve out three competitive multiplayer maps this time around,” Osborne told GameSpot, referring to Bungie’s past beta tests with Halo 3 and Halo Reach. “We’d only be gathering data on one facet of the overall experience — one that is arguably the least resource intensive and most well understood by our team. Destiny demands more.”

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Defend our home. Defeat our enemies. Become Legend. Pre-order Destiny now to get access to the Beta: http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy.

From the creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty, comes Destiny, an epic adventure unlike anything players have experienced.

Visit http://bungie.net/beta or http://www.bungie.net to learn more.

Destiny Official Box Art Revealed, Moon Gameplay Trailer, Public Beta?!

Bungie revealed the official Destiny box art on the PlayStation Blog earlier today, following the post the box art was also announced alongside an upcoming Moon gameplay trailer. Deej’s post on the PlayStation blog also sparks possible public beta hint!

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Sources:


http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2013/09/30/destiny-box-art-revealed-for-ps3-and-ps4/

 

– Chief

Destiny ViDoc #2 Breakdown – Out Here in the Wild

Delve deeper into the world of Destiny with the Bungie team to discover more ways to become legend on this new adventure.

Here’s my analysis of the second ViDoc Bungie released for Destiny at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The ViDoc dives deepering into character and weapon customization, the different game modes and activities, as well as Gaurdian’s abilities now called “Supers”, and our first look into competitive Gaurdian vs Gaurdian multiplayer.

– Chief

Destiny ViDoc #2 – Out Here in the Wild

Delve deeper into the world of Destiny with the Bungie team to discover more ways to become legend on this new adventure.

Bungie has just released their second ViDoc for Destiny that was just recently aired at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The ViDoc dives deepering into character and weapon customization, the different game modes and activities, as well as Gaurdian’s abilities now called “Supers”, and our first look into competitive Gaurdian vs Gaurdian multiplayer.

Enjoy the video and stay tuned to my breakdown of this trailer. You never know what you may have missed. Check out my YouTube channel.

** UPDATE [8/24] : Here’s a link to my breakdown of the trailer 

– Chief

Building the Destiny E3 Reveal – Bungie Commentary

A trio of Bungie artists sits down to deliver running commentary about Destiny’s E3 Gameplay reveal.

Your Fireteam for this mission will be three of the artists who led the charge to build that brave new world. Experience the adventure that unfolded at E3 through their eyes, and get to know some of the people who are making this game.

They are:
Ryan Ellis, Technical Art Director
Marke Pedersen, Environment Art Lead
Michael Zak, Senior Art Lead

At E3, they were members of our away team. Had you scored a seat as a member of our audience, you would have seen them showing off their work (and the work of their fearless peers) to the world. Now, they’re dishing out commentary on those first steps taken by Guardians into the world they helped to create.

 

– Chief Landless