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Bungie Weekly Update - 05/02/2014

This week at Bungie, we sent three Guardians into the wild. We invited you to come along. It’s very likely that you already saw it, but we’re still gonna post it one more time anyway.

Right about the time those three Guardians were spilling their little secret – along with a ton of Fallen blood – enough journalists to staff a clan let slip with their thoughts and opinions about our game. Admittedly, that resulted in some more talking from us, but someone has to stand up in front of the hot lights and face the music.

Did you see what people had to say? If you’re hungry for information about Destiny, it’s out there, and you don’t have to take our word for it. If you’d like a map that leads to new treasure, we put some fresh waypoints up on Twitter and Facebook. Let us be your guide as you patrol the Internet for secrets from the Golden Age.

Whenever a new explosion of new Destiny info rocks the Internet, the Bungie Community does an amazing job of harnessing its energy. If you feel like you haven’t grasped every detail that escaped from our jealous clutches this week, Datto is laser focused. He does Destiny like no other.

You can also step into the Destiny Gallery and enjoy some of the new art that illustrated the conversation. Drink in the scenery, or plunder it for context about the world that we’ll invite you to explore soon.

A Fireteam of Guardians infiltrate the Cosmodrome.

Guardian Mentors hold court in the Tower.

A Titan dodges the killshot delivered by his Hunter teammate.

A Titan sits astride his Sparrow.

Three Guardians ascend into darkness.

The exotic armor of a legendary Hunter.

A Warlock delivers a blow of Light to a Fallen Vandal.

A Titan unleashes his Fist of Havoc on a crew of Fallen.

A place of bones on approach to the Devils’ Lair.

A Fireteam inspects a Hive pod where it came to rest.

A Hunter scopes out her enemies in Old Russia.

This Hive Knight is about to meet his match.

A Warlock takes point in the ruins of the Cosmodrome.

Ghosts help with target acquisition in the darkness.

All of this will be yours to explore soon – and there are other worlds than these. Gonna be a good summer. And it’s starting to warm up.

Summit Party

Did we mention that we have a Facebook page? Yesterday, we crested 1 Million Likes up there. To speed our ascent to the new milestone, we might have teased a Beta Code. Here are some more:

And the climb continues. The last safe city on Earth needs heroes. We’ll search far and wide to find them.

Exotic Gear for a Vital Mission

Once a year, some brave volunteers from the Bungie Team slip into something a little more Scottish. The Men in Kilts campaign is a great cause, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities. More than a costume contest, it’s a chance to raise money that keeps families together while one of their own receives the care they need.

You can vote for these Guardians on the Men In Kilts website. A ballot will cost you, but the money you spend goes to a great cause. Bungie has come out on top two years running, so we have a streak to sustain. Healthy competition aside, when the clan war benefits families in need, everyone wins.

The questions you asked us this week were awesome. We read all 747 of them. It’s clear that the new information has reached your eyeballs. Some of you still overlooked a detail or two. To sort the thorough from the eager, let’s open the Sack.

DontHateTheBest  When will you finally release information about the beta?


Roo  Apart from the combat on the pike we saw in the Law of the Jungle trailer we saw, we haven't seen much vehicular combat. Is vehicular combat making a return in Destiny?

Yessir. Did we mention that we’re headed to E3?

NuclearNinja23  What's the difference between a Shrike and a Sparrow?

It’s the same thing as the difference between a Veyron and a Bugatti. And, we reserve the right to change the name of just about anything until we actually finish this game. 

Jason1618  Multiple sites are listing a 3 character limit. Is this confirmed?

Nothing is totally confirmed until September 9th. There are a few things that are almost guaranteed not to change. For instance, the game will definitely be called “Destiny.”

Such Wow  Will each enemy have their own home planet?

Perhaps each enemy had their own home planet. Maybe our enemies are the flotsam and jetsam of a thousand scoured worlds.

nhlaxd  Which enemy produces the best tasting tears?

The forum bully who finally gets his come-uppance in competitive multiplayer at the hands of a silent killer who saves his talking for the game. Ever seen that go down? Oh, my word it’s a lovely sight.

ExpBountyHunter  I have been simply floored by the amount of info put out by you guys. So far we have only seen mission with slight hints of patrol/campaign. When E3 comes around will you switch your focus and start pushing out multiplayer experiences?

First of all, thank you for the kind words. Bungie would like to gift you with one of the toaster ovens that we use on Bagel Friday. The answer to your question is “Yup!”

Flying Vivo  Will there be flying narwhals in Destiny?

No. We thought about it, but the idea didn’t resonate with anyone in the community. Had we seen more questions or requests for this sort of thing, it might have gotten more traction. That’s why these question/answer features exist, so be sure to sound off about what you want to see!

Valkain  Can you give us a percentage of how much we have actually seen of the game so far?

Hard to calculate. It’s a single digit, though. We’ve left most of this world for you to plunder.

Some of you will curse my name for that right now. You’ll thank me later, when you see Mars for the first time, and you’re actually seeing it for the first time. Playing this game shouldn’t be a vicarious experience. They don’t call these First Person Shooters for nothing.

slayerofkittens  How do you guys combat burnout at this stage, since everyone is no doubt working 60+ hour weeks?

We’re looking forward to you getting your hands on this thing. The thought that you’re about to actually experience our game is what drives us. Oh, and coffee, too. Our coffee robots are pissed! We’re afraid that they’re about to become self-aware and unionize. If that happens, we’ll have no choice but to invade the local Starbucks and set up a Bungie State.

This weekend we should have all the caffeine we need to bash bugs and move closer to our goal. We hope you weekend is equally satisfying.

Thanks for coming along with us on this journey. Soon enough, it will be your turn to take the wheel.
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