Friday, February 18

Destiny: Is Bungie making a Massive Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter?

So once more the internets run wild with rumours and speculation about what the best xbox coders on the planet, Bungie, have up their sleeves. A seriously wild rumour had suggested that Bungie's whole new world is going to be called Destiny. As in, no fate but what me make from Terminator 2?

We think we've had hints before, such as the mysterious Bungie Aerospace logo (but that was probably a reference to Halo: Reach having a battle in space but now there's rumours of an actual leak that Bungie is planning to release a "Massive Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter".

So WTF exactly is a Massive Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter or MMOFPS for short? 

Trusty (!?) wikipedia suggests that a MMOFPS is a "multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet, and feature at least one persistent world." and also that MMO games "can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, and sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world."

Fuck, Halo crossed with World of Warcraft? I think I just lost my job due to my new internet addition!

Given the Bungie games have featured the Master 'No Man is an Island but I actually AM' Chief and the Lone Wolf (two separate Spartans people!) the concept of people cooperating in a online game seems amusing, but Halo matching did feature Capture The Flag and other games which needed team work to succeed in so maybe there is something in this concept after all?

Let's be clear, the supposed leak is the same person who has claimed that Bungie has fired a whole lot of it's precious staff - which Bungie refuted 100 percent (they were contractors) - so maybe the name, Destiny is a bunch of freshly laid meadow muffins?

Well, Dear Reader, Gears of Halo isn't finished with the concept of Bungie doing a MMOFPS style game because there's still the issue of what Joseph Staten said a few months back:

"I think it's a shame that we spent so much time working on this world called Halo and then we only let people spend six or eight or 10 hours in it. Wouldn't it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you, with lots of stories to tell, like a big, infinite storytelling horizon? Man, that would be great."

Bungie staffers do not talk idly, or wistfully or simply through shit out there so this was a pretty good indicator - well it would be if we actually had something to hang our hats on. Until we do it's all speculation that Bungie is making some kind of open world universe and as for the name Destiny? I doubt it, it just doesn't have that magical ring to it....

Extra for Experts: And as for the shit about Bungie and supposed poor treatment and firing of contractors, that's exactly what happens with contractors - they are cattle to be farmed for their talents and sent to the meat works when the job has been done. And they get paid well for it too!

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