So that’s what happened to Destiny’s story

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As much as I love Destiny, I’ll be the first person to admit that the original story is complete hogwash. No really, it is. Few games have a campaign made up of techno-babble terms that were thrown together in a slap-dash manner.

Mind you, there is a great lore in Destiny to discover, albeit one that makes no sense whatsoever in the way it was constructed. And that’s because the original story was something completely different to the final release of the game in 2014.

That’s according to a report by Kotaku, who say that back in 2013, the original tale that was set up found itself being completely scrapped by Bungie’s higher-ups. Allegedly unhappy with a highlight reel that set the tone for the game, Bungie “scrapped everything” and went back to the drawing board.

Originally, players would have been on the hunt for the AI warmind Rasputin, who had been abducted by the Hive. The final act of the game would have involved breaching the Dreadnaught and rescuing Rasputin, but Bungie felt that this tale was “too campy and linear”.

Thus, a new story was sewn together, using elements from the game and stitched into some Frankenstein abomination that became Destiny’s lacklustre campaign, which drew much flak from gamers when the final product shipped in September of 2014. In short, Bungie “scrapped plot threads, overhauled characters, and rewrote most of the dialogue”.

You can also blame Destiny’s in-game engine for this, as the software used to create that universe isn’t exactly known for being easy to work with.

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On the bright side Destiny’s major expansion, The Taken King, has improved things greatly. The universe feels alive, the characters now have personality, there’s a clear goal in the narrative and there’s less techno-wankery over vague terms that make sense to very few people.

Or everything that year one of Destiny was missing. Check out the rest of the report that details the messy making of Destiny. It’s a rather superb read.

Last Updated: October 21, 2015

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    And the stuff that was thrown out after they’d resewn everything was repackaged as paid-for DLC. Heh.

  • oVg

    Does not matter. After Halo is released this game will never be spoken of EVER again unless you are a PS4 owner.


    • Guild

      Why you running? You got a PS4.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I bet you he’s going to buy a Bone for Halo.

        • Guild

          Why? To play with the other 3 people that bought one?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well he’s always talking about 4 to one.

          • Guild


          • Nikola


      • But he doesn’t have internet 😛

    • Nikola

      Never dude:)) Destiny offers just more variety than Halo, besides the story which is actually shocking!

  • WitWolfy

    A online game having a campaign??? AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FO DAT!!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    “I don’t have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”

  • Hammersteyn

    ”They were 30-45 second cutscenes of the NPC setting up the mission context. Osiris announcing a dramatic discovery about the Vex and asking you to dig up an ancient relic on Mars, or the Crow calling for help from the middle of a firefight with Fallen on Venus. And then every mission ended with a full cutscene, three to five minutes.”

    Instead what we have is Bungie telling us we have to log on to Bungies website and read the cards we collected

  • Hammersteyn

    Till they decide to put the cutscenes back in, or not, don’t really care, I’ll settle for “fight the darkness”

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      “Till they decide to cutscenes back in…”
      Y U NO PUT?

  • Michelle

    The storyline is quite….pointless or how should I put it…thrown together in a hurry, there’s no depth,no real mystery,it seems they didn’t give a sh!t about the storyline.

    • Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

      This may change/blow your mind depending on how you view it:

      • Michelle

        Did you check out Destiny Cops?

        • Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

          I actually want to see how deep this mystery goes now

      • Michelle


    • Nikola

      So true only draw back to the game I really LOVE. Even though new expansion has improved it drastically the story still feels VERY average!

      • Michelle

        I still LOVE this game,it’s the only game i’ve been playing for months, as soon as I switch my console on I get game invites,lol.
        I love doing strikes and raids, but crucible got me hooked.

  • AfricanTime

    if you want a story go watch a film or read a book, it is the level design and lack of content that is the problem. just horde mode after horde mode, endless grinding

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