Bungie Spent $500 Million To Make 'Destiny' Video Game
Bungie, the company made famous for bringing us the Halo Franchise, is betting big on its upcoming online role-playing first-person shooter for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
According to an article published by Reuters, video game publisher Activision-Blizzard plans to spend $500 million dollars to produce, market and distribute Destiny. Let me say that again, Destiny is destined to be a half a billion dollar video game! Assuming the company follows through with these plans, it could go down in history as the most expensive video game ever made.
Activision-Blizzard signed a 10-year contract with Bungie for rights over the Destiny brand, which is probably a smart move considering how much the company plans to invest into the game. If the game gains the popularity and momentum for which they hope, Activision-Blizzard will likely follow up with several subsequent releases.
"If you're making a $500 million bet you can't take that chance with someone else's IP," Activision CEO told the Milken conference.
How does the Activision-Blizzard's $500 million budget compare to other video games? Rockstar reportedly spent $260 million to produce Grand Theft Auto V, which is currently on track to break $2 billion in sales. And with GTA V being revamped for the PS4 and Xbox One, it should easily reach its goal of $2 billion.
Destiny certainly sounds like a bold title from a video gamer's perspective. According to the game's developer, it will feature a dynamic, thriving world that encompasses both traditional first-person shooter elements as well massively multiplayer online (MMO) elements.
Like other open-world RPG, or RPG-ish, games, players are given the opportunity to choose a race and class for their character at the beginning of the game. The races will include Human, Awoken, and Exo. The classes will include Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans.
While specifics regarding Destiny's plot have been kept under close wraps, the general premise of the game takes place 700 years in the future -- at time at which humans have colonized numerous planets in the solar system. However, an event known as the Great Collapse has resulted in the downfall of these colonies. Earth is now the only planet inhabited by humans, and it too is at risk.
The story arch of Destiny sounds good enough, but video game tittles can be hit or miss. And with $500 million invested into the game, Activision-Blizzard is probably eager to see how gamers view its upcoming Sci-Fi title.
Destiny is scheduled for release on September 9, 2014.