Former Bungo Employee on state of the game: A great company going through really hard time right now
I think this Glassdoor review tells you all you need to know about the state of the game right now:
-Aspirational 10 year plan
-Studio President is personable and cares
Things have changed quite a bit at Bungie since their split from Activision. I had been with the company since shortly after Halo Reach (almost a decade). While some aspects have improved, such as reduced crunch, the studio seems to have lost a lot of appreciation for veteran talent. Out of necessity, Bungie needs to learn and hire a lot of the publication roles Activision provided, and studio leadership has definitely let the fox guard the hen house in this time because of it.
As a result, crunch has become a regular occurrence again, and burnout of the Destiny franchise is real. Many veterans are leaving to other studios formed by Bungie alumni or going elsewhere in the Seattle game dev scene. Those roles are not being backfilled, but rather replaced with a "do more with less" attitude, filling roles instead with contractors rather than full time talent we had been clicking on full cylinders with between the Taken King and Forsaken releases.
These factors have led to the poorest morale I've seen at the company, which has been declining since late 2018. Leadership says they understand, and will do better, but still keeps leaning into not backfilling jobs and waiting to align on a direction before it's too late to deliver. This has been most obvious on the Narrative and QA teams. Not seeing any improvement in sight, I sadly left the job I thought I would retire at.
Advice to Management
Don't lose sight of who built Destiny. You're bringing in a lot of contract narrative, design, and QA folks, and it's making life really rough on your middle-level talent
Edit: If you read the other reviews (link above), you'll see that many employees blamed management for most of the issues within the company. Bad management seems to be at the core of Bungie's decline. Something many of us already suspected.
No one feels bad for the Bungie employees and their wah wah bullshit. As a dev, Destiny is their ONLY game and the pathetic mother-blam!-ers cant even manage a years worth of crap live service content?? Probably isnt with 'crunch,' its with Bungie being trash devs who clearly cant hang in the pace of modern gaming. They made billions off the eververse store, where are the new staff to manage the live service that they have SO MUCH TROUBLE keeping afloat??? But im sure Bungie senior staff still got bonuses. Just name one other dev that -blam!-ing winges on the internet about how its hard making uninspired horde modes for a bad season model or how they can give us ritual weapons again if they take away core activity rewards instead of taking away a couple eververse designs. Bungie are pathetic and anyone who defends their bs are also parhetic.