Destiny Can’t Afford Not To Be 2014s Biggest Game

Destiny Can’t Afford Not To Be 2014s Biggest Game

With a number of big name franchises, and a few new IPs, slipping into 2015, it leaves a number of game fighting for the crown of ‘biggest game of the year’. Even with a degree of confusion around what exactly the game is, Destiny is fitting nicely into the possibility of being 2014′s biggest release. Whether this or not this a good thing remains to be seen however.

Bungie are not used to failure, or disappointing their fans. After the success of their Halo franchise, and their loyalty to the Xbox brand, it was always going to be a challenge to craft a follow up game. Destiny is ambitious, it’s a unappreciated risk given the amount of money poured into the game. Failure, at least from a sales point of view, is not a option. Being seen as the biggest game of 2014 is purely a positive thing given it often guarantees healthy sales, in spite of quality.

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Away from the financial aspects, the hype around Destiny is of a curious nature. Given the sheer fan fare, the power of the Bungie brand, the game isn’t being discussed as widely as you’d expect. Sure there’s a tight community of people, most of which are big Halo fans, discussing the game at length, but beyond that there seems like a lot of confusion from others. While the Alpha on the PS4 earlier this year cleared up some of the confusion, there’s still a wealth of people not quite sure what Destiny is.

There’s also a rather strange group of people who have, apparently, decided Bungie are no worthy of their support. When Destiny was announced to contain PS4 exclusive content, both timed and 100% exclusive, a batch of Xbox owners decided to take it personally. Bungie had became instantly related to the Xbox brand after it’s run with the Halo franchise, thus resulting in a strong fan base of ‘fanatical’ Xbox fans. While the level headed, more mature, users understand that Bungie are no longer devoted to one house, others just can not understand it. These people are a minority, but a vocal minority.

Destiny_10Bungie have a huge task ahead of them. Destiny is huge, huge is scope, content, budget. Bungie are used to handling pressure, but this time there isn’t a safety blanket of a franchise to fall back on. Halo is continuing, it’s growing into something different from what Bungie started, Destiny is the be all, and possibly even end all, for Bungie for at least the next year or so. While disappointed players, disgruntled reviewers may have the biggest visual projection of success, the finical element remains the under-appreciated risk stalking Destiny’s release.

Given the pedigree Bungie has, Destiny is in the best hands it could be. With further, more widely available, Betas coming up, the confusion surrounding the game should lessen. More people will have solid grounds to formulate opinions, talking to other people, tweeting other people, sharing their thoughts through various channels. Word of mouth is a powerful tool for marketing anything, it could prove to be Destiny’s biggest ally. Destiny’s, and Bungie’s,success can only be measured in the long run, given the games content and planned life cycle. Destiny could be 2014′s biggest game, but it simply doesn’t have the choice not to be.

 

Sean Halliday


6 Comments

  1. Dirk
    July 10, 2014, 3:56 am

    It is possible that ONLY a company like Bungie with the resources of a Publisher like Activision could even attempt such a game. How many people think other studios could even attempt such a game and think it would come out successful? I would question the sensibility of attempting such a game even if it was an exclusive by Microsoft or Sony. I would question Microsoft because this game seems as complicated as Windows and Sony because they don’t really have the resources.

    • Diggler
      July 10, 2014, 7:28 pm

      Hello Games could do it. LOL

  2. True Dat
    July 10, 2014, 3:57 am

    It won’t be. COD and Madden will be.

    Like always.

    The end.

  3. Tim
    July 10, 2014, 4:18 am

    It can be a good thing that the hype isn’t too great. For me, I never made any assumptions about Destiny. In earlier gameplay footage, I saw nothing new. It looks like Mass Effect/Halo/Borderlands. But, the positive response from the Alpha on PS4 and my latest peek at character creation gives hope that the game may be good. It seems like things are trending in the positive direction for Destiny.

  4. DevilDogA99
    July 11, 2014, 1:57 am

    I don’t belive it can make it on the console. With the COD games, Halo, Battlefield, Star Wars Battlefront, Killzone, Borderland & all the other big name titles coming out next year; it will be forgotten. If it had stayed with cross-platform online play, like they wanted at first, then it would stand out but now it’s just another game.

  5. wutangclam
    July 11, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I’d like to think that a developer with the pedigree that Bungie has, along with Activision’s publishing pull, almost ensures that Destiny will be in the best possible position it could afford to be by the time it releases. Destiny, at its core, is a remarkably ambitious title, but one that has already interested the video gaming world. I think it’s safe to say that Destiny will do well when it finally hits store shelves.

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