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Bungie Blows a Hole in Destiny's Out of This World Production Budget

Posted by Sammy Barker

Billion dollar mystery

How much has upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 shooter Destiny cost to make? We’re still no closer to knowing the truth, as Bungie has shot down reports claiming that the company has splashed out $500 million in order to produce the sci-fi loot-a-thon. That would make it the most expensive game ever made, but it sounds like that isn't quite the case.

“For marketing, you’d have to ask Activision people, but for development costs, [it’s] not anything close to $500 million,” clarified the firm’s Pete Parsons. “I think that that speaks a lot more to the long-term investment that we’re making in the future of the product.” The publisher did clarify that the above sum included marketing costs, too, but it still seems outrageous.

“We sat back,” he continued, “long before we even came to our partnership with Activision, thinking about, ‘We wanted to tell a story over ten years.’ We wanted each one of these things to have its own beginning, middle, and an end, but we really wanted to step back, and we can do it. We’ve done it before; we did it with Halo, but we didn’t plan it out.”

The enormous figure floating around the web may in fact be referring to the long-term investment that’s going into the Destiny franchise over the course of a sequence of games. Alas, whether or not the series actually sees out its ten year lifespan will depend on the reception to the first game. Fortunately for Bungie, the title’s recent Alpha was very well received.

[via gamesindustry.biz, vg247.com]

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User Comments (7)

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#1

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

It will be my go to game for fps for a good long while I think, it offers so much more then your bog standard multiplayer fragfest.

Munkyknuts

#3

Munkyknuts said:

I have high hopes for this franchise...I love first person games but can't stand the military FPS games like battlefield and CoD. The first person perspective puts the player right there in the world and able to really lose themselves in the experience. Having a narrative and a deeper feeling to it all would be a wonderful thing, something more than shallow gunplay. If that estimated sum does cover the investment in an ongoing franchise then it doesn't seem so outrageous.

phaserborn

#4

phaserborn said:

This is going to be the best Bungie game yet! All the time they've took in improving the Halo games will help them make this better than any past Halo game.

baconcow

#5

baconcow said:

The $500 million included marketing. This figure was a total and all part of a supposed contract on reports that shareholders were given. It is quite possible over the 10-year contract length with Activision.

BoltedArc

#6

BoltedArc said:

This game will leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth as soon as they get it! This will go belly up real soon I can tell!

IronManDS

#7

IronManDS said:

I'm still on the fence with this game and the entire franchise. I look forward to the beta to help me make up my mind.

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